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College & Career Issues: Gap Year

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

Article Name: Gap Year Programs Provide Purpose and Direction
Source: Thinking Beyond Borders
Author: Robin Pendoley
Date Published: January 14, 2014
Guiding Question: What does a gap year provide students?
Grade Level: 11.9

Article Name: Don't Go to College Next Year 
Source: Inside Higher Ed
Author: Jow O'Shea
Date Published: January 16, 2014
Guiding Question: Why should all students take a gap year?
Grade Level: 11.1

Article Name: Why Harvard 'Encourages' Students to Take a Gap Year. Just Like Malia Obama is Doing.
Source: Huffington Post 
Author: Valerie Strauss 
Date Published: May 1, 2016
Guiding Question: What are some ways to combat the cost of taking a gap year?
Grade Level: 11.5

Article Name: 5 things to know about a gap year, when students take time off
Source: PBS
Author: Hope Yen
Date Published: May 2, 2016
Guiding Question: What are the advantages and limitations of a gap year?
Grade Level: 12.3

Article Name: The 'new' Gap Year: Is it worth it, and what should I do during my year before university?
Source: The Telegraph
Author: Flora Carr
Date Published: August 16, 2017
Guiding Question: Can a gap year prepare you for the world of work?
Grade Level: 12.3

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Article Name: How Does A Gap Year Affect Financial Aid?
Source: Capstone College Partners
Author: Joe Messinger 
Date Published: July 18, 2017
Guiding Question: Can taking a gap year decrease a students financial aid?
Grade Level: 10.8

Article Name: Why Students May Not Consider Taking A 'Gap Year,' But Should
Source: NBC News
Author: Amy Diluna
Date Published: February 22, 2016
Guiding Question: What are the 5 reasons that may cause students to overlook gap years?
Grade Level: 9.0

Article Name: Getting Over the Gap Year Stigma
Source: Millennial Type
Author: Declan Wilson
Date Published: February 10, 2016
Guiding Question: What is a gap year? & What stigma's are associated with it?
Grade Level: 8.0

Article Name: The Advantages of Taking a Gap Year before College
Source: The Young Leader
Author: Nedda Grady
Date Published: July 9, 2015
Guiding Question: How can I make the most of my gap year?
Grade Level: 9.1

Article Name: Why a Working Gap Year Is Worth Considering for Your Teen
Source: Your Teen Magazine
Author: Tim Elmore
Date Published: July, 2014
Guiding Question: What are the benefits of a gap year?
Grade Level: 8.5

Article Name: Want to help kids succeed in college? Let them take a gap year.
Source: Washington Post
Author: Adrienne Wichard-Edds
Date Published: June 23, 2015
Guiding Question: What effect can a Gap year have on college admissions?
Grade Level: 10.9

Article Name: Here’s How to Make a Gap Year Before College Count
Source: Time
Author: Joe O'Shea
Date Published: May 29, 2015
Guiding Question: What can student do to prepare for a gap year?
Grade Level: 10.0

Article Name: Bridging the Gap Between High School and College, at a Price
Source: New York Times
Author: Alina Tugend
Date Published: October 4, 2013
Guiding Question: What are some of the challenges and costs of gap years?
Grade Level: 8.3

Article Name: Time Out: Gauging the Value of a Gap Year Before College
Source: TIME
Author: Sean Gregory
Date Published: September 21, 2010
Guiding Question: What can students do to make their gap year the most productive?
Grade Level: 9.1

Article Name: 10 Reasons Why You Should Take a Gap Year
Source: Global Citizen Year
Author: Global Citizen Year Staff
Date Published: N/A
Guiding Question: What benefits come from taking a Gap year?
Grade Level: 8.1

Article Name: The Gap Year: Weighing the Pros and Cons of Taking Time off Before College
Source: College View
Author: Hannah Purnell
Date Published: N/A
Guiding Question: What are the pros and cons of taking a gap year?
Grade Level: 10.2

Article Name: Gap Year
Source: National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
Author: NACAC Staff
Date Published: N/A
Guiding Question: What should a student consider when taking a gap year?
Grade Level: 8.0

Article Name: Find a Job or Internship
Source: Columbia University Center for Career Education
Author: Columbia University Center for Career Education Staff
Date Published: N/A
Guiding Question: What should one consider when looking at a gap year program?
Grade Level: 9.4

Article Name: Malia Obama is taking a 'gap year' before attending Harvard — here's why that's a great idea
Source: Business Insider
Author: Jeremy Berke
Date Published: May 4, 2016
Guiding Question: What are the benefits of taking a gap year?
Grade Level: 13.3

Article Name: The Gap Year: Expert Answers.
Source: Top Test Prep
Author: Top Test Prep Staff
Date Published: Updated 2017
Guiding Question: Why shouldn't you take a gap year?
Grade Level: 13.5