Each book in ISSUES 21 is built upon an inquiry framework with three main components: an essential question; a sequence of instruction that provides modeling, mentoring, and monitoring; and a culminating writing activity. Students are introduced to the topic via an open-ended inquiry question. The necessary material that presents students with a starting reference point is then front-loaded before they are challenged to investigate, analyze, and demonstrate knowledge of the underlying concepts of real­world issues through research assignments, persuasive essays, argumentative writing, and debates. Specifically, through guided questioning, each ISSUES 21 book helps students:

  • Connect ideas within a selection
  • Connect personal experience with the selection
  • Connect ideas from one unit to another
  • Connect ideas from the text to the world at large

Current number of titles:24

Interest levels: Grades 6– 8

Reading levels: Grades 6

Specs: 8.5" x 11"

Pages: 40


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