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National & Civic Issues: Environmental Protection

Central Research Question: Should we protect the environment?

Grade 7
Articles with Reading Levels: 7.0-7.9
Grade 8
Articles with Reading Levels: 8.0-8.9

Article Name: Trump: ‘I’m Not a Big Believer in Man-Made Climate Change.'
Source: Washington Post
Author: Brady Dennis
Date Published: March 22, 2016
Guiding Question: What should be done to protect the environment?
Grade Level: 7.9

Article Name: Helping the Bee and Its Habitat Before the Food Chain Gets Stung
Source: The Washington Post via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 1050)
Author: Juliet Eilperin
Date Published: June 5, 2015
Guiding Question: How important is it to protect the health of bees?
Grade Level: 7.0

Article Name: Nations Agree to Protect the High Seas from Overfishing
Source: Scientific American via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 1030)
Author: Robynne Boyd
Date Published: February 26, 2015
Guiding Question: What can the United Nations do about overfishing?
Grade Level: 7.0

Article Name: U.S. and China Join in Plan to Cut Air Pollution, Hope Others Follow
Source: Tribune Washington Bureau via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 1000)
Author: Christi Parsons, Julie Makinen, and Neela Banerjee
Date Published: November 13, 2014
Guiding Question: Can the US and China get other countries to follow their lead in curbing air pollution?
Grade Level: 7.0

Article Name: Opinion: Humans Could Cause, or Prevent, Earth’s 6th Mass Extinction
Source: Scientific American via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 1190)
Author: David Biello
Date Published: September 21, 2014
Guiding Question: Is it possible for humans to turn around the current wave of mass extinctions?
Grade Level: 7.0

Article Name: Kids Take a Stand for Climate Change
Source: Associated Press via Tween Tribune (Ed. Tween Tribune staff. Version 930)
Author: Phuong Le
Date Published:September 13, 2015
Guiding Question: What should be done to protect the environment?
Grade Level: 8.3

Article Name: 7 Solutions to Climate Change Happening Now
Source: Scientific American
Author: David Biello
Date Published: November 17, 2014
Guiding Question: What are some possible solutions to climate change?
Grade Level: 8.7

Article Name: Pain Remains from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill 25 Years Later
Source: McClatchy Washington Bureau via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 1150)
Author: Sean Cocherham
Date Published: March 28, 2014
Guiding Question: How much of an impact has the Exxon Valdez oil spill had on the area?
Grade Level: 8.0

Article Name: Antarctic Glaciers’ Melt is Happening More Rapidly than was First Believed
Source: Los Angeles Times via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 1150)
Author: Scott Gold
Date Published: May 20, 2014
Guiding Question: What are the consequences of rapidly melting glaciers in the Antarctic?
Grade Level: 8.0

Article Name: Farm Animals Being Bred to Adapt to Earth’s Warming Climate
Source: Los Angeles Times via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 1160)
Author: Evan Halper
Date Published: May 19, 2014
Guiding Question: How should the food industry adapt to climate change?
Grade Level: 8.0
 

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Article Name: PRO/CON: The World's Getting Warmer, Can Nuclear Power Help Us?
Source: Tribune News Services via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 970)
Author: Mark J. Perry and Michael E. Kraft
Date Published: February 5, 2016
Guiding Question: What should be done to protect the environment?
Grade Level: 6.0

Article Name: Earth is Getting Hotter, Scientists Say, Pointing to 2014’s Record Warmth
Source: Los Angeles Times via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 990)
Author: Geoffrey Mohan
Date Published: January 22, 2015
Guiding Question: Are rising global temperatures the result of human behavior?
Grade Level: 6.0

Article Name: PRO/CON: Sooner or Later, U.S. Must Act on Climate Change Laws
Source: McClatchy-Tribune News via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 850)
Author: Michael E. Kraft and Andrew P. Morriss
Date Published: January 13, 2014
Guiding Question: What should be done to protect the environment?
Grade Level: 6.0

Article Name: King Coal is Dethroaned in US - and That's Good News For the Environment
Source: The Conversation
Author: Lucus Davis
Date Published: August 21, 2016
Guiding Question: How had reducing our use of coal impacted the environment?
Grade Level: 9.0

Article Name: Taking Climate Change Seriously in School
Source: The Washington Post
Author: Catherine Rampell
Date Published: June 8, 2015
Guiding Question: Can teaching climate change in schools make us take it more seriously?
Grade Level: 9.5

Article Name: New Climate Change Report Warns of Dire Consequences
Source: National Geographic
Author: Brian Clark Howard
Date Published: March 31, 2014
Guiding Question: Is the planet prepared for the effects of global climate change?
Grade Level: 10.1