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ISSUES 21 is a cutting-edge literacy series that dares students to imagine a world where change is possible and, when equipped with the right knowledge, they can make it happen. Driven by the inquiry process, this series offers teachers the resources they need to meet content and literacy standards while making learning edgy and meaningful. The books in this series explore topics that are compelling, contemporary, and thought-provoking. They encourage students to make ethical decisions, value diversity, act responsibly, and develop a social conscience. Students acquire reading, critical thinking, and communication skills as they confront real issues and explore their global implications.

Each student book:

  • Features inquiry-based learning designed to promote engagement, improve literacy, and deepen understanding.
  • Encourages students to think and read for meaning while making personal and disciplinary connections as they explore key concepts and issues.
  • Promotes academic literacy by exploring curriculum linked topics and builds students’ knowledge by providing high-quality, real-world texts that broaden students’ world views.
  • Encourages flexible use across multiple curriculum areas: Social Studies, Science, Civics, Character Education, Language Arts, Health Studies, World Issues, Media Studies, and more.
  • Creates opportunities for students to discover innovative ways of understanding, confronting, and addressing issues they really care about.
  • Allows students to compare and contrast multiple perspectives on complex ideas and issues, weigh alternatives, and arrive at their own understanding.
  • Enhances students’ ability to determine the central idea of a text and how it is conveyed in many different text forms including reports, newspaper articles, labelled diagrams.