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National & Civic Issues: Solutions for Poverty

Central Research Question: What can be done to end poverty?

Grade 7 
Articles with Reading Levels: 7.0-7.9
Grade 8
Articles with Reading Levels: 8.0-8.9

Article Name: 5-Year-Old Superhero Inspires Communities to Help Those in Need
Source: Washington Post via Newsela 
Author: Dara Elasfar
Date Published: March 5, 2019 
Guiding Question: How can individuals reduce poverty? 
Grade Level: 7.3

Article Name: Satellite Images Capture Unexpected Data About Global Poverty 
Source: Los Angeles Times via Newsela (Ed. Newsela Staff. Version 770)
Author: Karen Kaplan
Date Published: August 24, 2016
Guiding Question: How will satellite images help scientist study global poverty?
Grade Level: 7.9

Article Name: For These Police in Kansas City, Child Hunger is Public Enemy Number 1
Source: Kansas City Star via Newsela (Newsela Staff. Version 1070)
Author: Laura Bauer
Date Published: December 22, 2014
Guiding Question: How can we solve the poverty crisis?
Grade Level: 7.0

Article Name: Brain Growth Stunted in Poor Children, Schoolwork Suffers Scientists Find
Source: Scientific American via Newsela (Newsela Staff. Version 1070)
Author: Diana Kwon
Date Published: December 16, 2014
Guiding Question: How does poverty impact the development of kids?
Grade Level: 7.0

Article Name: Students Try to Break the Sandwhich-Making Record While Feeding Those in Need
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune via Newsela
Author: Gary Warth
Date Published: April 30, 2019 
Guiding Question: How are students fighting back against the impacts of poverty?
Grade Level: 8.3

Article Name: Child Homelessness at Record High, Report, Says, "Call to Action" For States
Source: via Newsela (Newsela Staff. Version 1140)
Author: Teresa Wiltz
Date Published: January 1, 2015
Guiding Question: How are states dealing with homeless children?
Grade Level: 8.0

Article Name: Poverty Rates Can Cloak the Harsher Problem of Deep Poverty
Source: via Newsela (Newsela Staff. Version 1120)
Author: Jake Grovum
Date Published: October 1, 2014
Guiding Question: How do lower rates of poverty hide the depth of the problem?
Grade Level: 8.0

Article Name: Mixed Results Show Uneven Gains from 50 Years of the War on Poverty
Source: via Newsela (Newsela Staff. Version 920)
Author: Jake Grovum
Date Published: February 4, 2014
Guiding Question: How has the US' response to poverty over the last few decades impacted rates of poverty today?
Grade Level: 8.2

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Article Name: We Might Soon See A Village Made up of 3-D Printed Homes
Source: PBS Newshour via Newsela (Newsela Staff. Version 540)
Author: Rashmi Shivni
Date Published: May 3, 2018
Guiding Question: How might 3-D printed homes help reduce homelessness? 
Grade Level: 3.2

Article Name: Opinion: Cargo Drones Can Help Reduce Poverty
Source: Project Syndicate via Newsela (Newsela Staff. Version 830)
Author: J.M. Ledgard and Scott MacMillan
Date Published: November 5, 2015
Guiding Question: How can drone technology help end poverty?
Grade Level: 5.0

Article Name: New Kansas Law Limits How Long Poor People Can Get Welfare Money
Source: Kansas City Star via Newsela (Newsela Staff. Version 970)
Author: Brian Lowry
Date Published: April 21, 2015
Guiding Question: What can be done to end poverty?
Grade Level: 6.0

Article Name: Welfare And Food Stamps Keep Many Americans Out of Poverty
Source: via Newsela (Newsela Staff. Version 930)
Author: Jake Grovum
Date Published: November 12, 2014
Guiding Question: How do food stamps help end poverty?
Grade Level: 6.0

Article Name: When Cold Winds Blow, Americans Give Shelter 
Source: Christian Science Monitor via Newsela 
Author: N/A
Date Published: January 11, 2018
Guiding Question: What are some of the challenges faced when trying to reduce poverty? 
Grade Level: 9.4

Article Name: What works in helping the poor?
Source: American Enterprise Institute
Author: Robert Doar
Date Published: July 10, 2014
Guiding Question: Which anti-poverty policies actually work?
Grade Level: 9.0

Article Name: D.C.'s Chronically Homeless May Get Record-Setting Funding This Year
Source: Washington City Paper
Author: Andrew Giambrone 
Date Published: March 2, 2017
Guiding Question: How will increased funding be used to impact the amount of chronically homeless in DC?
Grade Level: 10.1

Article Name: Six Chars that Illustrate the Divide Between Rural and Urban America
Source: The Conversation
Author: Brian Thiede et al
Date Published: March 16, 2017
Guiding Question: What are some of the disadvantages facing rural America?
Grade Level: 11.8

Article Name: Advocates and Critis of D.C.'s Planned New Homeless Shelters Go Head to Head at Zoning Marathon
Source: American University 
Author: Martin Austermuhle
Date Published: March 2, 2017
Guiding Question: What are some of the oppositions to the proposed new homeless shelters?
Grade Level: 9.2