Reading Level: Gr. 7-8 | Interest Level: Gr. 6-9+
Offering a unique and important contribution to media literacy, global education, and inquiry-based learning, Behind the News examines current global issues beyond their coverage in media headlines. Using a diverse and inclusive lens, the series takes a look at the differing perspectives, theories, and real lives behind some of the world’s biggest headline issues. From the conflict in Syria to complex questions surrounding police violence and race, Behind the News allows students to engage in debate, critically interpret information, and come to their own conclusions. Each subject is brought to life using case studies, encouraging readers to be aware of the diverse lives and perspectives that impact these issues. Debate sidebars and critical thinking questions allow readers to achieve a deeper understanding of the complicated nature of each issue, and the reality that there are no simple answers.