Mon, 5th Apr '04, 8:26pm
I would like some help of you fellow SPers. For one of my English lessons (ironic isnt it? Me who has the sloppiest English in this community is actually an English teacher) I am going to have my pupils choose between a few articles to read and I am having trouble finding diverse enough articles for them to read. It is seventh grade so the kids are around 13 years old so nothing inappropriate. Any text really which is interesting and can appeal to kids that age is welcome so if you run across an interesting article in your aimless browsing dont hesitate to post a link here for me to check it out.
Thanks in advance!
Mon, 5th Apr '04, 10:20pm
There's always this (http://www.intercom.net/local/school/sdms/mspap/quiksilv.html). Its pretty interesting, albeit a little bit graphic. I had to do something about this a few weeks back in science.
Mon, 5th Apr '04, 10:42pm
Maybe something about astronomy?
I dont have a link, but I guess that children might be interested in space, planets, our star system and such.
Mon, 5th Apr '04, 11:48pm
I did something similar with 9 year olds a few months ago and I used articles about keeping Clown Fish in aquariums to capitalise on the fact that at the time anything evenly remoted related to 'Finding Nemo' was guaranteed to grab their attention.
Tue, 6th Apr '04, 5:31am
What about this (http://www.kidsnewsroom.org/emotions.htm) ? It seems pretty relevant to kids thinking. I think that it's actually intended for seventh grade readers. Or are you looking for something a little bit longer? Can you give us a little a little more idea of what you need?
Tue, 6th Apr '04, 9:21am
That was interesting Dragonfly but not really what I was looking for. I am looking for articles about real life stuff which can tickle the interest of a non-native 13 year old English pupil. About anything really. It should be between one and two pages long.
Chandos the Red
Tue, 6th Apr '04, 4:47pm
Joacqin - This is a good site for some well-written articles:
Tue, 6th Apr '04, 11:35pm
Seemingly along the lines of what Chandos said, but have a look through the sites of recognised newspapers/current affairs magazines.
Something like the Times (http://www.timesonline.co.uk) for a newspaper, or perhaps the Guardian, Telegraph or Independent (and respective Sunday versions of all) over here in the UK, looking out for features and opinion articles. Don't know how the rest of those fare for websites. All British there, and I'm not too much up on the best magazines to try. New Scientist might be a good one, but I don't think you can get them online (articles I mean), magazine wise the only current affairs based one I'd read is Private Eye, which I wouldn't recommend for this.
Thu, 8th Apr '04, 6:19am
Joacqin, I've been doing some surfing and I found a few interesting articals that your class might like. Let me know if any of them are suitable
http://okok.essortment.com/whatisthehist_rsdt.htm (History of popcorn)
http://www.botany.org/bsa/misc/carn.html (venus flytrap)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/286345.stm (robot fish)
(The robot fish are one of my particular interests)
Thu, 8th Apr '04, 8:25pm
Thanks alot Dragonfly, you have really put in effort to this. Above and beyond, I only really intended that you post stuff you found during your regular surfing. I thanketh thee. :)
The 'good' guy
Thu, 8th Apr '04, 10:33pm
Didn't youfind some on the pages of the Times?
Most articles you find on that kind of pages, so keep on looking (and keep your eyes open ;) )