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College & Career Issues: Affirmative Action

Grade 11
Articles with Reading Levels: 11.0-11.9
Grade 12
Articles with Reading Levels: 12.0-12.9

Article Name: Supreme Court case triggers social media response from critics
Source: Washington Post via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 1160)
Author: Yanan Wang
Date Published: December 15, 2015
Guiding Question: Should affirmative action be cut back or eliminated in higher education?
Grade Level: 11.3

Article Name: Colleges are Finding Ways to Increase Diversity Without Using Affirmative Action
Source: Huffington Post
Author: Tyler Kingkade
Date Published: July 21, 2015
Guiding Question: What methods can be used to ensure diversity other than affirmative action?
Grade Level: 12.6

Article Name: Why We Still Need Affirmative Action for African Americans in Colleges
Source: The Washington Post
Author: Valerie Strauss
Date Published: July 3, 2014
Guiding Question: Why is affirmative action fair and necessary?
Grade Level: 12.7

Article Name: Race-based Affirmative Action Is Still Needed
Source: The New York Times
Author: F. Michael Higginbotham
Date Published: April 27, 2014
Guiding Question: Why is race- based affirmative action still necessary?
Grade Level: 12.4

Article Name: The Painful Truth About Affirmative Action
Source: The Atlantic
Author: Richard Sander and Stuart Taylor Jr.
Date Published: October 2, 2012
Guiding Question: How do racial preferences hurt or help minority students?
Grade Level: 12.7

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Article Name: Affirmative Action: Unequal Protection
Source: The Economist
Author: N/A
Date Published: April 27, 2013
Guiding Question: Does affirmative action violate the equal-protection clause?
Grade Level: 8.8

Article Name: Opinion: Affirmative Action students can thrive in top schools​​​​​​​
Source: Scientific American via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 1230)
Author: Kate Turestsky and Valerie Purdie-Vaughns
Date Published: December 22, 2015
Guiding Question: How are affirmative action and psychology related?
Grade Level: 9.0

Article Name: Does Affirmative Action Do What It Should?​​​​​​​
Source: The New York Times
Author: Dan Slater
Date Published: March 16, 2013
Guiding Question: What are the benefits of affirmative action? 
Grade Level: 9.2


Article Name: Being Asian American in the Affirmative Action Debate
Source: Huffington Post
Author: Bernadette Lim
Date Published: May 19, 2015
Guiding Question: Should Asian Americans be part of affirmative action?
Grade Level: 13.8