NYT: A Battle Plan for Jetlag
Health, Writing (Process)

The Atlantic: The Blackberry--The Cigarette of this Century
Culture, Tech, Writing (comparison contrast)

NYT Draft: Where Do Sentences Come From?

NYT: How to Write--The art of writing can be reduced to a few simple rules. I share them with you now.

NYT Draft: Zombie Nouns
Writer’s Diet test
Writing (about making academic writing more readable)

Slate: Armored and Dangerous--The scariest innovation in the Aurora mass shooting isn’t guns or ammo. It’s SWAT gear.
The Atlantic: How I Ended My Lifelong Love Affair With Guns
The Atlantic: The Geography of Gun Deaths
NYT: I Carried a Gun, and It Was Heavy
The Atlantic: The Philosophy of the Technology of the Gun--Does the old rallying cry "Guns don't kill people. People kill people" hold up to philosophical scrutiny?

The Atlantic: The Dream Of Maximum Guns
Jason Alexander’s amazing gun rant--The "Seinfeld" actor takes to Twitter to call for a ban on assault-style weapons
Culture, Politics, Writing (persuasive arguments)

NYT: Let Chick-fil-A Fly Free
The Atlantic: In Defense of Eating at Chick-fil-A
Slate: Should you boycott Chick-fil-A?
Politics, Culture, Food, Writing (Persuasion)

NYT: Grammar: A Matter of Fashion
Draft is a series about the art and craft of writing.
language, writing

NYT: Semicolons--A Love StoryUsing Undictionaried Words
Draft is a series about the art and craft of writing.

NYT Draft: The Voice of the Storyteller
NYT Draft: The Sound of a Sentence

The Atlantic: White Bread book summary--at the bottom of the article
Culture, Writing (Summary)

The Atlantic: Let's Get Real: The Portion War Between Big Soda and NYC Is All About Profit
Slate: Fuzzy and Fizzy--The contested science behind Bloomberg's ban on large-sized sodas.
NYT: Evolution’s Sweet Tooth
Food, Health, Politics, Writing (Persuasion)

The Atlantic: Words Conservatives Hate
Politics, Culture, Writing (Definition)

What’s a Clown Question, Bro? A Guide.
Culture, communication, funny stuff, writing (definition)

The Atlantic: Welcome to America, Please Be On Time: What Guide Books Tell Foreign Visitors to the U.S.
Culture, Writing (Students write their own guide books)

NYT: Sentences Crisp, Sassy, Stirring
Draft is a series about the art and craft of writing.

15 Wonderful Words With No English Equivalent from Mental Floss
funny stuff, language, writing (for those students who ask why there isn't one word in English that means the same thing as ...)

Slate: Dodgy Boffins--What's wrong with science journalism in the U.K.?
Communication, Culture, Science, Writing (Be skeptical about writing you see on the internet)

The Atlantic: Fact-Checking Claims on the Wonders of Pomegranate Juice
Food, Business, Writing (See how ads twist the facts; be skeptical and learn how to fact check)

The Atlantic: Dumb Kids’ Class--The benefits of being underestimated by the nuns at St. Petronille’s
Culture, Funny Stuff, Writing (See how a personal experience is extrapolated on to come up with a lesson about life)

The Atlantic: In the Forests of the Night--Along the Bay of Bengal’s wild tidal basin, the scorpions and crocs can seem relatively harmless.
Culture, Writing (Narrative, lots of vocab, can also discuss whether there really was a tiger in camp)

The Cosmopolitan Condiment--An exploration of ketchup’s Chinese origins.
Culture, food, writing (common food item but a little research reveals an interesting story, could also be used for History of English paper.)

NYT: Can You Call a 9-Year-Old a Psychopath?
Mind, Writing(?) consider how the writer profiles the subjects

Machines Shouldn’t Grade Student Writing—Yet --Standardized tests will finally ask good essay questions. But robot grading threatens that progress.
Writing, Tech

NYT: The Pleasures and Perils of the Passive
Draft is a series about the art and craft of writing.

Readers' Revenge--Your Most Shameful Lie
Funny Stuff, Culture, Relationships, Writing (students can write anecdotes like these)

How Language Is Like Fashion--The Case of 'Hopefully'
The audacity of “hopefully” The AP Stylebook makes a change -- and breaks our hearts
Language, Writing
Don’t kill the Oxford comma! The university hands down a new edict about punctuation -- but the world's grammar nerds will never back down
The Oxford Comma--Hart’s Rules
Language, Writing

Facing a Robo-Grader? Just Keep Obfuscating Mellifluously
Writing, Learning, Tech, Communication, Language

Color-coded text reveals the foreign origins of your words
language, writing (see how many words are of OE origin)

12 Golden Rules of Email Etiquette
writing business

Writing advice from C.S. Lewis was both adorable and concise

What do you love online?
Writing: link to an example of a tap essay for the iphone

Robo-readers--the new teachers' helper in the U.S.
communication language tech writing (can consider how students in Taiwan would react to robo-graded essays compared to teacher graded essays)

The //Bully// Rating Controversy and the Effect of the F-Word on Teenage Eardrums
Funny Stuff culture writing-funny and satire writing

Expensive, Useless, Exploitative--Why we should celebrate the end of the Encyclopedia Britannica’s print edition.
Writing: stuff about using wikipedia and how it leads you to more investigation

How Not To Apologize--Rush Limbaugh’s statement on Sandra Fluke was a textbook example of what not to say.

NYT: One Is the Quirkiest Number--The Freedom, and Perils, of Living Alone
(description, definition article, using examples)

Hearing Bilingual--How Babies Sort Out Language
(comparison contrast between monolingual and bilingual infants)

The loud American I swore I’d never be--When I moved from Canada people mocked me for my "aboots." I promised I wouldn't change. I was wrong
(look at this personal narrative and see how the author shows his growth)

What if there were rules for Science Journalism?

Attention Must Be Paid--How the Internet is changing how people listen. Interesting example of a definition paper.

No evidence that single-sex schools are better than coed Lots of disagreement with the article in the comments section

The Question-Driven Life: Interesting bio or profile example
Unsavory Culinary Elitism: Could have students learn who the people are and what their shows are like
The Kids Are Not All Right: students can examine how to make the support stronger for this article / look for logical fallacies like begging the question

Print vs. Online--The ways in which old-fashioned newspapers still trump online newspapers.

Being Tony Plush--Finding redemption through Nyjer Morgan's gentleman alter ego.

Slowpoke-How to be a faster writer.

Great Character Descriptions from Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

Questioning the Inca Paradox--Did the civilization behind Machu Picchu really fail to develop a written language?

The Rise of "Logical Punctuation".: The period outside the quotation marks is not a copy error.