The ISSUES 21 series embraces a vision of education that incorporates 21st century readiness. Each book provides many opportunities for students to develop 21st century skills, including:


Each ISSUES 21 book:

  • Exposes students to a variety of complex text and helps students understand the rigorous text by providing opportunities for them to write, discuss, debate, research, extend learning with multimedia links, and collaborate in small and whole-class groupings.
  • Provides students with opportunities for multimodal learning within content-rich materials.
  • Prompts students to read, analyze, and write argumentative, informative/explanatory, and narrative texts. Students examine a topic and convey their ideas clearly, accurately, and effectively, orally and in writing, through their selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
  • Recognizes the complexities of 21st century literacy and critical inquiry and promotes strategies for deeper reading comprehension.
  • Supports close reading through text-dependent questions that allow students to use the text in order to build deep knowledge and understanding.
  • Helps build students’ vocabulary as students work to determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in texts, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.
  • Enhances students’ ability to determine the central idea of a text and how it is conveyed in many different text forms.
  • Allows students to compare and contrast multiple perspectives on complex ideas and issues, weigh alternatives, and arrive at their own understanding.