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College & Career Issues: College Athletes

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

Article Name: Nation's largest study of student athlete concussions conducted in Texas
Source: Associated Press via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 1040)
Author: Jim Vertuno
Date Published: December 15, 2016
Guiding Questions: What research is being done to track head injuries among young athletes?
Grade Level: 11.7

Article Name: Do colleges drop the ball with student-athletes?
Source: Post-Gazette
Author: Mark Dent, Michael Sanserion, and Sam Werener
Date Published: May 31, 2014
Guiding Questions: Should college athletes more than five years to graduate?
Grade Level: 11.8

Article Name: The Shame of  College Sports
Source: The Atlantic
Author: Taylor Branch
Date Published: October 2011
Guiding Questions: Should College Athletes be paid?
Grade Level: 12.0

Article Name: Four Years a Student-Athlete: The Racial Injustice of Big-Time College Sports
Source: Vice Sports
Author: Patrick Hruby
Date Published: April 4, 2016
Guiding Questions: Do rules for maintaining amature status feed into racial injustice?
Grade Level: 12.7                

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Article Name: Should Athletes Be Paid to Play
Source: USA Today
Author: Jared Walch and Blake Marshall
Date Published: October 20, 2016
Guiding Questions: What are some often overlooked issues in paying college athletes?
Grade Level: 9.5

Article Name: Why N.C.A.A. Athletes Shouldn't Be Paid
Source: The New Yorker
Author: Ekow N. Yankah
Date Published: October 14, 2015
Guiding Questions: What negative consequences arise from paying college athletes?
Grade Level: 8.8

Article Name: ‘Student-Athlete’ has Real Meaning in the Ivy League
Source: The Washington Post
Author: Fred Bowen
Date Published: January 15, 2015
Guiding Questions: How is the Ivy League different from other conferences?
Grade Level: 8.0

Article Name: Should College Athletes Get Paid?
Source: The Washington Post
Author: Fred Bowen
Date Published: April 9, 2014
Guiding Questions: Would paying college athletes make college sports better or worse?
Grade Level: 8.7

Article Name: 21 Reasons Why Student-Athletes Are Employees and Should Be Allowed to Unionize...Should Student Athletes Get Paid?
Source: Forbes 
Author: Marc Edelman
Date Published: January 30, 2014
Guiding Questions: What are the possible benefits of paying college athletes?
Grade Level: 8.5

Article Name: Why College Athletes Should Be Paid
Source: Huffington Post
Author: Tyson Hartnett
Date Published: October 21, 2013
Guiding Questions: How much is an athlete's scholarship actually worth?
Grade Level: 8.0

Article Name: The Myth of Parity
Source: ESPN
Author: Scoop Jackson
Date Published: September 12, 2013
Guiding Questions: Is pay for play the answer for college athletics?
Grade Level: 8.2

Article Name: Why Collegiate Athletes Should Be Paid
Source: Bleacher Report
Author: Corey Walker
Date Published: February 19, 2013
Guiding Questions: What is the focus of the NCAA?
Grade Level: 8.8

Article Name: New NCAA Rules Will Require Incoming Athletes to Meet Higher Academic Standards to Play a Division I Sport in College
Source: New York Daily News
Author: Seth Walder
Date Published: November 23, 2011
Guiding Questions: How will higher academic standards affect college athletes?
Grade Level: 9.8

Article Name: Elite College Athletes Should be Paid: Economists 
Source: Vanderbuilt University
Author: Liz Entman
Date Published: February 5, 2015
Guiding Questions: What are some of the reasons college athletes deserve to be paid?
Grade Level: 15.0

Article Name: Insight into Challenges Facing College Athletes
Source: Science Daily 
Author: Unknown 
Date Published: October 1, 2014
Guiding Questions: What are some of the personal drawbacks to participating in college athletics at academically demanding schools?
Grade Level: 13.0

Article Name: Point/Counterpoint: Paying College Athletes
Source: The Sport Journal
Author: Dennis A. Johnson, John Acquaviva
Date Published: June 5, 2012
Guiding Questions: What negative impacts can paying college athletes have?
Grade Level: 13.0