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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.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017          

Denmark to Hold First Blasphemy Case for Almost 50 Years After Man Burns Quran

From: Newsweek
Readability Score: 14.5
Monday, February 27, 2017          

Turkey Reverses Female Army Officers’ Headscarf Ban

From: BBC
Readability Score: 13.3
Friday, February 24, 2017          

Cosmos Controversy: The Universe Is Expanding, but How Fast?

From: New York Times
Readability Score: 12.8
Thursday, February 23, 2017          

Cosmetology Student Under Investigation for Giving Free Haircuts

From: Tucson News Now
Readability Score: 10.3
Wednesday, February 22, 2017          

Human Gene Editing Receives Science Panel’s Support

From: New York Times
Readability Score: 14.2
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Shop Covers Up Racist Tattoos for Free

From: Washington Post
Readability Score: 8.8
Monday, February 27, 2017

Find a Rock, Paint a Rock, Hide a Rock

From: MSN (CBS)
Readability Score: 7.5
Friday, February 24, 2017

Fearing ’Feral Hog Apocalypse,’ Texas Approves Drastic Measures

From: CBS News
Readability Score: 9.1
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Space Poop Problem-Solvers Take Home Cash Prizes From NASA

From: NPR
Readability Score: 9.8
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

China’s Railroad Investments Changing Africa

From: Times in Plain English
Readability Score: 7.7
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