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These lessons are updated daily throughout the school year and are designed for middle and high school students. Each lesson includes a news article and discussion questions designed to promote critical thinking, challenge assumptions, and stimulate class discussion. In an attempt to offer variety, the two daily articles often are of different lengths and reading levels and occasionally offer different perspectives on an issue or event.

Note: Each new lesson remains on the website for one week.

Welcome to Current Events! Below is a preview of some of our top trending articles for the current school year. Once you login you will see the available articles, from the previous week. If you would like to view the articles below or any of our past articles, please visit our Current Events Archive. If you are not yet an izzit.org member and would like to take advantage of our free Current Events service, sign up and get started!

Monday, August 22, 2016          

The Little Boy In Aleppo: Can One Photo End A War?

From: NPR
Readability Score: 7.4
Wednesday, August 24, 2016          

2-Year-Old Who Lost All Four Limbs Gets Doll With Matching Body

From: ABC News
Readability Score: 8.0
Thursday, August 25, 2016          

Doubt Cast on Brazil’s Version of U.S. Swimmers’ Rio Incident

From: CBS News
Readability Score: 8.3
Friday, August 12, 2016          

Should That Olympic Gold Medal Be Tax Deductible?

From: CBS News
Readability Score: 8.0
Friday, August 19, 2016          

Shop Refuses to Serve Harry Potter Fans

From: Telegraph
Readability Score: 8.0
Friday, August 19, 2016

The Millions of Americans Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Barely Mention: The Poor

From: New York Times
Readability Score: 9.4
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

This Is Why There Are So Many Ties In Swimming

From: Deadspin
Readability Score: 9.9
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Can Republicans Really Dump Trump?

From: BBC
Readability Score: 9.0
Monday, August 8, 2016

Virginia High Court Invalidates McAuliffe’s Order Restoring Felon Voting Rights

From: Washington Post
Readability Score: 15.0
Monday, August 15, 2016

Antibiotic Resistance: ’Snot Wars’ Study Yields New Class of Drugs

From: BBC
Readability Score: 13.1
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