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School Issues: Parental Involvement

Central Research Question: How involved should parents be in their childrens' lives?

Grade 5
Articles with Reading Levels: 5.0-5.9
Grade 6
Articles with Reading Levels: 6.0-6.9

Article Name: The City’s the Place to Raise Their Kids, More Parents Say
Source: Associated Press via Newsela (Ed. Neswela staff. Version 830)
Author: Phoung Le
Date Published: April 2, 2015
Guiding Question: Is the city a good place for parents to raise their kids?
Grade Level: 5.0

Article Name: Parents Who Are Too tough and Rough May Hurt Their Children’s Minds
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer via Newsela (Ed. Neswela staff. Version 850)
Author: Alfred Lubrano
Date Published: December 19, 2013
Guiding Question: Is “harsh parenting” harmful to kids’ brain development?
Grade Level: 5.0

Article Name: Do the Math Early, You’ll Make More Money Later
Source: Miami Herald via Newsela (Ed. Neswela staff. Version 870)
Author: Brett Graff
Date Published: October 22, 2013
Guiding Question: How can parents better prepare their young kids for school and for work?
Grade Level: 5.0

Article Name: More Parents Refuse Standardized Tests; Congress Gets the Message
Source: McClatchy Washington Bureau via Newsela (Ed. Neswela staff. Version 950)
Author: Renee Schoof
Date Published: April 20, 2015
Guiding Question: Should parents push back against standardized testing in schools?
Grade Level: 6.0

Article Name: Parents Help Children’s Sports Dreams Come True
Source: The Record via Newsela (Ed. Neswela staff. Version 940)
Author: Nicholas Pugliese
Date Published: January 15, 2015
Guiding Question: What are parents sacrificing so their children can achieve their athletic dreams?
Grade Level: 6.0

 

Below Grade 5.0
Above Grade 6.9

Article Name: 11-Year-Old Mazy is Undergoing A Big Life Change 
Source:  St Louis Post-Dispatch via Newsela (Ed. Neswela staff. Version 360)
Author: Doug Moore 
Date Published: October 3, 2016
Guiding Question: How are Mazy's parents helping her accept who she is?
Grade Level: 3.1

Article Name: At a Daddy-Daughter Dance in Chicago
Source: Chicago Tribune via Newsela (Ed. Neswela staff. Version 670)
Author: Lolly Bowean
Date Published: February 25, 2015
Guiding Question: How do father figures impact the lives of young girls?
Grade Level: 4.0

Article Name: Report Says Too Many Children Stay Home Alone While Parents Work
Source: The Guardian via Newsela (Ed. Neswela staff. Version 500)
Author: Juliette Jowit 
Date Published: March 18, 2016
Guiding Question: What bad things can happen when parents leave their children at home alone?
Grade Level: 4.5

Article Name: More Parents, Schools Trying to Dig Out From Piles of Homework
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer via Newsela (Ed. Neswela staff. Version 1060)
Author: Kathy Bocella 
Date Published: November 6, 2015
Guiding Question: How are involved parents trying to help their children do better in school?
Grade Level: 9.9

Article Name: Parents who are too tough and rough may hurt their children's minds
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer via Newsela (Ed. Neswela staff. Version 850)
Author: Alfred Lubrano
Date Published: December 19, 2013
Guiding Question: What effects does harsh parenting have on children?
Grade Level: 7.4

Article Name: Millennials Living at Hope are More Savvy than Some People Think
Source: Chicago Tribune via Newsela (Ed. Neswela staff. Version 1070)
Author: Heidi Stevens
Date Published: March 25, 2014
Guiding Question: Are young adults who still live at home making a smart financial decision?
Grade Level: 8.0