I have narrowed down my Wired love-fest to four Mentor-Text-Monday-worthy reasons: Titles, Academic Language, Whole Text Structure and Text Complexity.
TitlesThe article titles themselves serve as mentor texts for writing headers, titles, and punctuation for effect. Check out these intriguing titles:
See How Cadbury Hatches 350 Million Goo-Filled Eggs a Year
Are Touch Screens Melting Your Kids Brain?
This Ex-Astronaut is Stalking Asteroids to Save Civilization
How to Make Fake Brains and Survive the Zombie Apocalypse
Academic LanguageWired Magazine does not shy away from academic language. Using a super-cool tool called WordSift (thank you Kenji Hakuta and Greg Wientjes of Stanford University and the SDAWP Fellow that shared this with me), I was able to sift through the text for various kinds of academic lanaguge.
Whole Text StrucutresThere are also some fascinating mentors for whole text structures:
Bird flipbooks made from old clocks and bike parts
A photo study on the earth's relationship with water
Chased by a Zombie
A Physics problem using zombies. Need I say more?
Text ConmplexityThe text in Wired Magazine is of a high level. I took one text--the body of a short article accompanying a graphic--and ran it through some text analyzers. This text,
So there you have it. four excellent reasons to go online and spend some time reading Wired Magazine articles. You'll learn at leas tone interesting thing, I promise!
Linking up to Mentor Text Monday on SDAWP Voices.