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Cultural & Global Issues: Science and Religion in Schools

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

Article Name: Bill Lets Fla. Schools Teach Evolution Alternatives
Source: National Public Radio
Author: Greg Allen
Date Published: April 29, 2008
Guiding Question: What role does science and religion play in recent legislation?
Grade Level: 9.6

Article Name: Pro/Con: Is It Time for Public Schools to Put Religion Back Into Schools?
Source: Tribune News Service via Newsela (Ed. Newsela Staff Version 900)
Author: Roger L. Beckett 
Date Published: August 17, 2017
Guiding Question: What are some of the pros and cons of letting religion into the classroom?
Grade Level: 9.8

Article Name: The Scopes Monkey Trial 
Source: via Newsela
Author: N/A
Date Published: March 06, 2017
Guiding Question: How did the debate about whether or not evolution should be taught in classrooms start?
Grade Level: 10.0

Article Name: We’re Smart Enough for Darwin Debate
Source: The Washington Post
Author: Jay Mathews
Date Published: January 18, 2012
Guiding Question: Would teaching alternative views on evolution misuse science?
Grade Level: 10.2

Article Name: Despite Court Rulings, Creationism Still Taught in Many American Classrooms
Source: National Public Radio
Author: Eyder Peralta
Date Published: February 08, 2011
Guiding Question: Why is creationism still taught in schools?
Grade Level: 10.9

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Article Name: Kids with different religious beliefs learn they aren't all that different
Source: Chicago Tribune via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 500)
Author: Heidi Stevens
Date Published: February 9, 2017
Guiding Question: What can the U.S. learn from kids?
Grade Level: 5.6

Article Name: Turkey allowing more religious education
Source: Associated Press via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 800)
Author: Suzan Fraser
Date Published: February 25, 2015
Guiding Question: Should a government be able to force religious education on students?
Grade Level: 8.9

Article Name: Education and Peer-to-Peer Engagement Curb Religion-based Bullying
Source: Huffington Post
Author: Maha Elgenaidi
Date Published: September 19, 2017
Guiding Question: How does allowing religion in the classroom prevent bullying?
Grade Level: 13.7

Article Name: Evolution vs. Creationism: Study Reveals Public School Science Lagging
Source: Huffington Post
Author: N/A
Date Published: May 25, 2011
Guiding Question: How do teachers feel about teaching evolution and creationism in schools?
Grade Level: 11.9

Article Name: Intelligent Design Hits Snag in Calif. Schools
Source: National Public Radio
Author: Barbara Bradley Hagerty
Date Published: January 11, 2006
Guiding Question: What role should religion play in public education?
Grade Level: 11.2