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Lessons are updated daily most school days. We use articles from various major news sources, identify vocabulary words and create discussion questions designed to promote critical thinking, challenge assumptions and stimulate class discussion. Selection of an article does not imply izzit.org agreement with the article or its perspective.

Note: Each new lesson remains on the website for one week. It is then archived. The archive is purged at the end of each school year.

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Friday, August 18, 2017          

Therapy animals are everywhere. Proof that they help is not.

From: The Washington Post
Readability Score: 11.7
Thursday, August 17, 2017          

In 10 Years, Your iPhone Won’t Be a Phone Anymore

From: Wall Street Journal
Readability Score: 12.3
Wednesday, August 16, 2017          

Tech Workers Brace For Seattle’s Plan to ’Tax The Rich’

From: NPR
Readability Score: 11.4
Tuesday, August 15, 2017          

Judge: Pacemaker Data Can Be Used in Arson Trial

From: Journal-News
Readability Score: 11.5
Monday, August 14, 2017          

’Despacito’ singers condemn use of song by Venezuelan government

From: CNN
Readability Score: 11.2
Friday, August 18, 2017

Stephen Curry’s supermax deal becomes richest in NBA history

From: ESPN
Readability Score: 8.5
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Salem (OR) suspends short-term rental ban for eclipse

From: KPIX (CBS San Francisco)
Readability Score: 7.4
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Ravens owner says ’pray for us’ over possibility of signing Colin Kaepernick

From: CNN
Readability Score: 7.8
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Missouri’s "Jim Crow bill" leads NAACP to issue travel warning

From: CBS News
Readability Score: 8.3
Monday, August 14, 2017

AI Is Making It Extremely Easy for Students to Cheat

From: Wired
Readability Score: 9.1
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