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ISSUES 21 is a dynamic, cutting-edge literacy series that dares students to imagine a world where change is possible and, when equipped with the right knowledge, skills, and tools, 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. As well, they encourage students to make ethical decisions, value diversity, act responsibly, and develop a social and global conscience. Students acquire reading, writing, critical thinking, and communication skills as they confront real issues in their own lives, and explore current, controversial issues of social and global implications.

Each student book:

  • Features inquiry-based learning designed to promote engagement, improve literacy, and deepen understanding. The books encourage students to think and read for meaning while making personal and disciplinary connections as they explore key concepts and issues.
  • Develops 21st century skills, as well as the crucial reading, writing, and oral communication skills necessary to navigate today’s rapidly changing, media-driven environment.
  • Promotes academic literacy by exploring curriculum-linked topics and builds students’ knowledge by providing high-quality, real-world texts that broaden students’ worldviews.
  • 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.