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Cultural & Global Issues: The Death Penalty


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Articles with Reading Levels: 9.0-9.9
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Articles with Reading Levels: 10.0-10.9

Article Name: The Death of the Death Penalty
Source: TIME
Author: David Von Drehle
Date Published: June 8, 2015
Guiding Question: Is the death penalty coming to an end soon?
Grade Level: 9.9

Article Name: 5 Arguments For and Against the Death Penalty
Source: Listverse 
Author: unknown
Date Published: June 1, 2013
Guiding Question: What are some of the arguments the author states for the death penalty? What are some against?
Grade Level: 9.3

Article Name: The Death Penalty Has Long Divided Americans. Here's Why Those Who Oppose It Are Winning
Source: Los Angeles Times
Author: Jaweed Kaleem 
Date Published: April 27, 2017
Guiding Question: Why is the death penalty declining in America?
Grade Level: 10.3

Article Name: Death Penalty Facts that May Surprise You 
Source: CNN
Author: CNN Staff
Date Published: September 8, 2014
Guiding Question: What is the evolution of the death penalty?
Grade Level: 10.5

Article Name: The Death Penalty's Slow but Seemingly Sure Decline
Source: National Public Radio
Author: Allen Greenblatt
Date Published: June 21, 2013
Guiding Question: What has the government been doing with the death penalty in recent years?
Grade Level: 10.6

Article Name: Death Penalty and Innocence
Source: Amnesty International
Author: Amnesty Int. Staff
Date Published: N/A
Guiding Question: What is the impact of the death penalty on wrongful conviction?
Grade Level: 10.3

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Article Name: Should the Death Penalty be Allowed?
Author: N/A
Date Published: Last updated on January 13, 2016
Guiding Question: What are various arguments for and against the death penalty?
Grade Level: 8.7

Article Name: Dylann Roof Receives Death Penalty for Hate-Crime Murders in Charleston 
Source: The State via Newsela (Ed. Newsela Staff Version 1060)
Author: N/A 
Date Published: January 13, 2017
Guiding Question: How was the death sentence given to Dlyann Roof affected the family members of his victims?
Grade Level: 8.6

Article Name: Deleware Returns to Death Penalty Debate After Prison Uprising 
Source: PBS Newshour
Author: Kamala Kelkar
Date Published: April 16, 2017
Guiding Question: How has suspending the death penalty affected inmates and workers in Deleware prisons?
Grade Level: 11.8

Article Name: Dylan Roof is the Best Argument We Have for the Death Penalty
Source: The Week 
Author: W. James Antle III
Date Published: December 13, 2016
Guiding Question: How is Dylan Roof a good argument for the death penalty?
Grade Level: 11.0

Article Name: Death Penalty and Race
Source: Amnesty International
Author: N/A
Date Published: 2015
Guiding Question: What is the correlation between the death penalty and race?
Grade Level: 11.8