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School Issues: The Value of Homework

Central Research Question: Does homework help students learn?

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

Article Name: Some Parents and Schools are Saying "No" to Homework 
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer via Newsela (Ed. Neswela staff. Version 470)
Author: Kathy Boccella 
Date Published: November 16, 2015
Guiding Question: Why do some parents not want their kids to have homework?
Grade Level: 5.6

Article Name: Libraries are Homework Hangouts
Source: Miami Herald via Newsela (Ed. Neswela staff. Version 840)
Author: Douglas Hanks
Date Published: October 27, 2014
Guiding Question: How does assigning online homework impact students?
Grade Level: 5.0

Article Name: For Many High School Students, Exhaustion Is a Part of Life
Source: Chicago Tribune via Newsela (Ed. Neswela staff. Version 830)
Author: Bonnie Miller Rubin
Date Published: September 9, 2014
Guiding Question: How does homework impact student health?
Grade Level: 5.0

Article Name: Agents Who Work with Movie Stars Help Students with Their Homework Too
Source: Los Angeles Times via Newsela (Ed. Neswela staff. Version 930)
Author: Daniel Miller
Date Published: January 27, 2015
Guiding Question: How does positive role modeling help kids take school more seriously?
Grade Level: 6.0

Article Name: For Your Next Assignment, Go Play a Cool New Video Game for a While
Source: Chicago Tribune via Newsela (Ed. Neswela staff. Version 940)
Author: John Keilman
Date Published: May 8, 2014
Guiding Question: How can gaming help students learn?
Grade Level: 6.0

Article Name: Complaints About Homework Go from Too Little to Too Much
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via Newsela (Ed. Neswela staff. Version 910)
Author: Eleanor Chute
Date Published: March 25, 2014
Guiding Question: How much homework should students receive?
Grade Level: 6.0

Article Name: In Some Schools, Homework Doesn’t Make the Grade Anymore
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch via Newsela (Ed. Neswela staff. Version 980)
Author: Jessica Bock
Date Published: January 6, 2014
Guiding Question: Does turning away from traditional grading help students?
Grade Level: 6.0

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Article Name: Some Parents and Schools Say "No" to Heavy Homework Load
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer via Newsela (Ed. Neswela staff. Version 690)
Author: Kathy Boccella
Date Published: November 16, 2015
Guiding Question: How much homework should students receive?
Grade Level: 4.0

Article Name: These Students Just Can’t Sit Still in School All Day
Source: Journal-Constitution via Newsela (Ed. Neswela staff. Version 710)
Author: Helena Oliviero
Date Published: September 25, 2013
Guiding Question: Can exercise help students focus on their homework better?
Grade Level: 4.0

Article Name: Libraries Expand Their Offerings for the Digital Age
Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune via Newsela (Ed. Neswela staff. Version 1090)
Author: Katie Humphrey
Date Published: January 14, 2014
Guiding Question: How can libraries use technology to help students?
Grade Level: 7.0

Article Name: No Classrooms, Lessons, or Homework at This New Zealand School
Source: The Guardian via Newsela (Ed. Neswela staff. Version Max)
Author: Eleanor Ainge Roy
Date Published: June 30, 2017
Guiding Question: What are some of the reasons Green Bush school was founded?
Grade Level: 7.9