In an interesting segment on the podcast, “Hidden Brain,” a researcher said, “Using Facebook makes you more comparative. You compare yourself to others more often. You judge yourself. Am I better or worse? Am I happier? Are other people happier than me?” (Excerpt from the article.)
(This posting includes handouts which you are welcome to use with your students.)*
See Select Category > ESL Reading Units Free: Reading for Insights (Introduction) for an introduction to these reading units. Reading Units: Reading for Insights (Introduction)
Study Guide, Reflection & Vocabulary for Does Social Media Make People Sadder? (and excerpts)
Once a month, I plan to share a reading unit some of which you can print out and share with your students. I’ll also be making some available on a different site where you can preview and download them.
The Features of these units
- High-interest articles at the intermediate level that usually include references to some research study that students can relate to.
- The information is often counter-intuitive. Students gain some new insights from them.
- Study guides involve a variety of comprehension questions and scaffolding paraphrasing ones and vocabulary exercises.
- Each unit includes at least one “Reflection” exercise in which students write:
- Other uses of the articles:
as a prompt for discussions.
as a prompt for writings.
The Reasons Why these Units are Not Being Sold as a Book.