I like to think that this tiresome habit of trying to read the whole internet is a mark of my curious nature, my need to find connections, or as a hallmark of my prescribed educational motto that knowledge is power. Though, most of the time, I appear to be some sort of information hoarder.
I am constantly scourging the web to find the end of this rabbit's hole, the primary source, the tie that binds. This doesn't exist, but I still want to know everything anyway. I look at it as an attempt to see the bigger picture, but sometimes I feel I'm standing to close to a Monet.
In searching for texts to utilize in my classes, I often descend this same slippery slope until, three hours later, I'm still not sure which article I'd like to assign. I hope you are the kind of person who sees one iteration of something and thinks, "That's good enough. I'll go ahead and stop looking." That ain't me, babe.
So here, I will give you some sources that may cause you to go one way or the other. These are all great places to find expository (nonfiction) texts to suit your context and subject-matter. You can use these sources to find exactly what your looking for, or use them to embark on a journey of self-discovery and wonderment. Your path is your path.
These are some of the sources from which I pull non-fiction text for my students to use for a variety of purposes, such as increasing worldly knowledge, practicing critical reading, evaluating language choice and rhetoric, preparing for discussion or debate, all kinds of fun, important, informed citizen/thinking human kinds of things.
Do yourself a favor. Have some guiding questions before you dig into this.
1. What do I want my students to know?
2. What do I want my students to do?
Then look around and open a tab or two. Don't say I didn't warn you.
And please, let me know what you think about these. If you have resources to share, put them in the comments below.
Next week, I will share some tools that allow students to analyze and interpret these texts online.
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