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National & Civic Issues: Minimum Wage

Central Research Question: What are the effects of raising the minimum wage?

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Article Name: With Minimum Wage Rising, is America Ready for $15-an-Hour Working World?
Source: Los Angeles Times via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 1040)
Author: Don Lee
Date Published: June 24, 2015
Guiding Question: Should Minimum Wage be raised?
Grade Level: 7.0

Article Name: Los Angeles City Council Clears Way for Minimum Wage of $15 an Hour Source: Los Angeles Times via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 1050)
Author: Peter Jamison, David Zahniser, and Alice Walton
Date Published: May 21, 2015
Guiding Question: Should Minimum Wage be raised?
Grade Level: 7.0

Article Name: McDonald’s Hopes Wage Increase Will Help Trigger a Turnaround
Source: Chicago Tribune via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 1080)
Author: Jessica Wohl, Alexia Eljlde-Ruiz, and Alejandra Cancino
Date Published: April 7, 2015
Guiding Question: Will McDonald’s raising its workers’ wages by $1 an hour be enough?
Grade Level: 7.0

Article Name: Issue Overview: Minimum Wages
Source: Bloomberg via Newsela (Ed. Newsela Staff Version 1070)
Author: Jordan Yadoo
Date Published: October 6, 2016
Guiding Question: Does a minimum wage increase benefit or harm low skilled workers?
Grade Level: 8.6

Article Name: Seattle Restaurants Scramble to Pay a Higher Minimum Wage
Source: National Public Radio
Author: Deborah Wang
Date Published: May 9, 2015
Guiding Question: How are restaurants in Seattle coping with a higher minimum wage?
Grade Level: 8.9

Article Name: Obama Takes on Income Inequality in the State of the Union Address
Source: Associated Press via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 1160)
Author: Julie Pace
Date Published: January 29, 2014
Guiding Question: What is Barack Obama’s plan for addressing income inequality?
Grade Level: 8.0

Article Name: PRO/CON: Should the Fast Food Industry Pay Better Wages?
Source: McClatchy-Tribune via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 1140)
Author: James Sherk and Mark Weisbrot
Date Published:December 6, 2013
Guiding Question: What are the benefits of raising the minimum wage?
Grade Level: 8.0

Article Name: Fast-Food Wage Protests Kick Off in New York, Spread to Other Cities
Source: Los Angeles Times via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 1140)
Author: Alena Samuels
Date Published: August 30, 2013
Guiding Question: Why are fast food workers protesting their industry?
Grade Level: 8.0

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Article Name: Democrats Don't Discuss Minimum Pay Rate During Debate
Source:Washington Post via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 840)
Author: Max Ehrenfreund
Date Published:October 6, 2015
Guiding Question: Should Minimum Wage be raised?
Grade Level: 5.0

Article Name: Higher National Minimum Wage Seen as Not Likely
Source:McClatchy Washington Bureau via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 1000)
Author: Daniel Salazar
Date Published:October 5, 2014
Guiding Question: Should Minimum Wage be raised?
Grade Level: 6.0

Article Name: Some Low-Income Families Can’t Afford to Keep Their Babies in Clean Diapers
Source: Los Angeles Times via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 1010)
Author: Erun Brown
Date Published: August 6, 2013
Guiding Question: Can mothers being paid minimum wage afford supplies they need for their babies?
Grade Level: 6.0


Article Name: 5 Facts About the Minimum Wage
Source: Pew Research Center
Author: Drew Desilver
Date Published: July 23, 2015
Guiding Question: Should Minimum Wage be raised?
Grade Level: 11.3

Article Name: 9 Reasons Why Raising the Minimum Wage Is a Terrible Idea
Source: Reason
Author: Ira Stoll
Date Published: March 3, 2014
Guiding Question: Should Minimum Wage be raised?
Grade Level: 11.2

Article Name: Minimum Wage Hasn’t Been Enough to Lift Most Out of Poverty for Decades
Source: Pew Research Center
Author: Drew DeSilver
Date Published: February 18, 2014
Guiding Question: Will raising the minimum wage destroy jobs, alleviate poverty, or both?
Grade Level: 11.9