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Cultural & Global Issues: Refugees

Grade 9
Articles with Reading Levels: 9.0-9.9
Grade 10
Articles with Reading Levels: 10.0-10.9

Article Name: U.S. Plans to Accept More Refugees, but Security Rules Will Limit Number
Source: Associated Press via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 1210)
Author: Ken Dilanian
Date Published: September 24, 2015
Guiding Question: Why should the U.S. take caution when accepting refugees?
Grade level: 9.0

Article Name: Refugee-staffed Coffee Shop in Berkley California Counters Immigration Backlash
Source: Los Angeles Times via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 1060)
Author: Tracy Lien 
Date Published: February 1, 2017
Guiding Question: What are some of the ways 1951 Coffee is addressing immigration issues in California?
Grade level: 9.3

Article Name: Should the United States Allow Syrian Refugees into the Country?
Source: ProCon.Org
Author: Procon Staff
Date Published: March 10, 2016
Guiding Question: Should the United States allow Syrian refugees into the country?
Grade level: 10.5

Article Name: 8 Ways to Solve the World Refugee Crisis
Source: Amnesty International
Author: Amnesty International Staff
Date Published: N/A
Guiding Question: How can the U.S. help protect refugees?
Grade level: 10.9 

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Article Name: PRO/CON: Stopping Syrian Refugees from Coming to the U.S.
Source: Tribune News Service via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 1030)
Author: Don Kusler and Merrill Matthews
Date Published: December 18, 2015
Guiding Question: What are the positive and negative consequences to blocking Syrian refugees from entering the U.S.?
Grade level: 7.9

Article Name: Don't Settle Refugees in Our States, Republican Governors Tell Obama
Source:  Associated Press via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 1080)
Author: Steve Peoples
Date Published: November 24, 2015
Guiding Question: Why are some Republican governors opposed to refugee resettlement in their states?
Grade level: 7.9

Article Name: Issue Overview: Political asylum
Source: Bloomberg via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 980)
Author: Esmé E Deprez
Date Published: February 1, 2017
Guiding Question: With rising numbers of refugees, can the support for political asylum survive?
Grade level: 8.8

Article Name: A New Threat to the Syrian Refugee Program
Source: The Atlantic
Author: Russell Berman
Date Published: January 8, 2016
Guiding Question: How does the Syrian refugee program threaten U.S. security?
Grade level: 12.1

Article Name: Syrian Immigration Poses 'Grave National Security Threat,' Conservative Leaders Say
Source: The Daily Signal
Author: Leah Jessen
Date Published: November 30, 2015
Guiding Question: Why are Syrian refugees a significant threat to national security?
Grade level: 12.9

Article Name: Syrian Refugees are Not A Threat to U.S.
Source: CNN
Author: Peter Bergen
Date Published: November 21, 2015
Guiding Question: Do Syrian refugee's pose a threat to America's security? 
Grade level: 11.4 

Article Name: More Than Half the Nation's Governors Say Syrian Refugees Not Welcome
Source: CNN
Author: Ashley Fantz and Ben Brumfield
Date Published: November 19, 2015
Guiding Question: How do Americans view the Syrian refugees?
Grade level: 11.2