Articles for Improving Reading Skills 

Hi Student!

Are you here for the “Article Summary” assignment? You’ve come to the right page.

Choose from the articles in the list below.

Your “Article Summary” should have 2 paragraphs that contain the following:

  1. The first paragraph should be a 2-3 sentence description of the MAIN IDEA of the article. That is, describe the main point the author wishes to convey through this article. Make sure you don’t make the mistake of providing a summary, but only capture the core argument the author is making.

  2. The second paragraph should describe the STRATEGIES and TECHNIQUES the author uses to make his point. In other words, what are the argument strategies that author uses to convince you about the main idea? Also, how do they support his argument? Ex. Statistics, quotes from researchers, descriptions of scientific research, historical facts, references to prior research, personal opinions, emphatic statements, etc.

Tip: Don’t copy and paste from the article, because the teacher will know! Completely understand the article and rephrase in your words without looking back at the article (if you can).

Article List

  1. Why the Modern World is Bad for Your Brain (The Guardian)
  2. How to Survive the College Admissions Madness (NY Times)
  3. We’re a Nation of Germophobes (CNN)
  4. Why hasn’t the World been Destroyed in a Nuclear War Yet? (Nautilus)
  5. The Great Year 2012 Doomsday Scare (NASA)
  6. Can the Bacteria in your Gut Explain your Mood? (NYT)
  7. Is Google making us stupid? (Atlantic)
  8. Humility in an Age of Arrogance (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
  9. Twitter and Facebook help spark protest movements. Then they undermine them. (Washington Post)
  10. Five Ways Technology is Shaping the Future of Human Rights (We Forum)
  11. The ancient Egyptian invention that made everything else possible (Salon)
  12. Six-year-olds Understand Technology Better than Adults (Guardian)
  13. ‘Cosmic own goal’ another clue in hunt for dark matter (Science Daily)

  14. I accidentally became a housewife (Salon)

  15. Pay Attention! (IASC Culture)

  16. Your Ancestors Didn’t sleep like you. (Slumberwise)

  17. The Tea Party’s New Front in the American Culture Wars: Literature (Tablemag)

  18. ‘Mississippi Baby’ now has detectable HIV, researchers find (Science Daily)

  19. How did Cool become such a big deal (Humanities)

  20. The Uses of Being Wrong (Chronicle)

  21. Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing (The Atlantic)

  22. The Myth of Wealthy Men and Beautiful Women (The Atlantic)

  23. Americans Have Never Loved Poetry More—But They Call It Rap (The Daily Beast)

  24. Squishy robots: Phase-changing material could allow even low-cost robots to switch between hard and soft state (Science Daily)

  25. The shrinking world of ideas (The Chronicle)

  26. How board games conquered cafes (The Atlantic)

  27. Why moral character is the key to personal identity (Aeon)

  28. Has travel become another exercise in narcissism? (

  29. Study Reveals It Costs Less to Give the Homeless Housing Than to Leave Them on the Street (

  30. Don’t Blame Social Media if Your Teen Is Unsocial. It’s Your Fault (Wired)

  31. Under the volcano (Anthony Bourdain)

  32. An inconvenient child (a child with apraxia) (Aeon)

  33. Fighting congressional corruption by getting the money out of politics (Stir Journal)

  34. The teen brain “shuts down” when it hears Mom’s criticism (Wired)

  35. Human DNA Shows Traces of 40 Million-Year Battle For Survival Between Primate and Pathogen (Utah Healthcare)

  36. The origin of the number Zero (Smithsonian)

  37. The looks you’re born with and the looks you’re given (The New Yorker)

  38. When power goes to your head, it may shut out your heart (NPR)

  39. When government succeeds (The New York Times)

  40. A weapon for readers (challenge your attention) (NY Readers)

  41. How Orwell’s “Animal Farm” Led a Radical Muslim to Moderation (NPR)

  42. Social Cognition in Social Anxiety: First Evidence for Increased Empathic Abilities
    (only read the “discussion” section)

  43. Peaceful Protest is Much More Effective than Violence for Toppling Dictators (Washington Post)

  44. It’s Time For Companies to Fire their HR Departments (Forbes)

  45. How the “John Oliver Effect” is having a real-life Impact (Time)

  46. The Truth about Tarot Cards (Aeon)