Julia Roberts is Hindu — who knew? Pew knew.

Okay, so this will be a short post.  My eye was drawn to this discussion in the Sunday Washington Post about Julia Roberts’ religion.  Whether the choice of religion for Julia (yes, we’re on a first-name basis)  means much in terms of how many Americans are Hindu is debatable… but I like the article because it provided a link to a great resource — a recent study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life that looks at religion in America.  This is the sort of hyper-linking I’m hoping to model for my students — a link that takes an interested reader to information that backs up the point being made in the writing. 

The link I followed in the article in the Washington Post is circled in red below.  What I like about the word choice is that it takes a compelling statistic and makes that statistic the link, as if to say “if you want to know where I got the statistic that 78 percent of Americans identify as Christian, click this link.”

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About Steve Goldberg

I teach U.S. History at Research Triangle High School, a public charter school in Durham, NC, whose mission is to incubate, prove and scale innovative models of teaching and learning.
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