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Tackling today’s hottest current— and more often than not, controversial — issues, each of these Greenhaven Press series offers unique information. These books represent a full range of resources that can be used from the upper-elementary to the undergraduate levels. Each series can be used together or may stand alone; all offer the information that best meets students' learning preferences, reading levels and research needs.

The series are:

Opposing Viewpoints
First introduced more than 35 years ago, the Opposing Viewpoints series has developed — and set — the standard for current issues studies. With more than 90 volumes covering nearly every controversial contemporary topic, Opposing Viewpoints is the leading source for libraries and classrooms in search of current-issue materials. Each title explores a specific issue by placing expert opinions in a unique pro/con format. The viewpoints are selected from a wide range of highly respected — and often hard-to-find — source and publication. Reading level: Grade 10-12

Introducing Issues with Opposing Viewpoints
This new series is inspired by the highly acclaimed Opposing Viewpoints series. This series promotes issue awareness as well as critical thinking. Even more user-friendly and accessible than its parent title, Introducing Issues with Opposing Viewpoints offers a wealth of information at a lower reading level, in a bright engaging package and loaded with color images. This appealing combination helps address that each student learns in a unique way and offers them the alternative they have been seeking. Reading level: Grade 7-10

Social Issues Firsthand
Personalizing and complementing the study of current and controversial issues, this series presents a diverse collection of narratives written by individuals with first-hand experience in the topic being discussed — either as a participant, witness or as an involved professional. Social Issues Firsthand helps students understand that behind the debates are real people, providing a deeper understanding of the issues that affect our world. Reading level: Grade 10-12

Writing the Critical Essay: An Opposing Viewpoints Guide
This series is specifically designed to help students become more competent writers of the five-paragraph essay and beyond. Offering instructive guidance in lively text, Writing the Critical Essay supports student achievement as well as exposing students to multiple sides of current issues and timeless debates — the ideal subjects for persuasive writing assignments. Reading level: Grade 6-10

Other current issue series from Greenhaven Press and Lucent Books:

At Issue
This series includes a wide range of opinion on a single controversial topic. Each volume includes both primary and secondary sources from a variety of sources and perspectives — eyewitnesses, scientific journals, government officials among others. Extensive bibliographies and annotated lists of relevant organizations to contact offer a gateway to further research.

Contemporary Issues
This series give readers the opportunity to critically examine four to six related topics through the arguments of their proponents and detractors. This format gives readers a clear image of the issues at hand while allowing them to draw their own conclusions.

Current Controversies
This anthology series covers today's most current national and international issues and contains the most important opinions of the past and present. The purpose of the series is to introduce the reader to all sides of contemporary controversies in an objective and comprehensive way. Each anthology is composed of a wide spectrum of primary sources written by many of the foremost authorities in their respective fields; the authors represent leading conservative, liberal and centrist views. This unique approach provides students with a concise view of divergent opinions on each topic.

Examining Issues Through Political Cartoons
This series makes this resource conveniently accessible to students. Each volume provides a representative and diverse collection of cartoons focusing on a particular current or historical topic, as well as contextual information to help readers to understand and appreciate them. An introductory essay offers a general overview on the subject matter. Each cartoon is then presented with accompanying information including original publication data, facts about the cartoonist and information and commentary on the cartoon itself.

History of Issues
Each volume in this series looks at a particular issue and shows how the arguments have both changed and remained constant over time, proving the old adage that the "more things change the more they stay the same."

Issues on Trial
This anthology series captures the passion and depth of these debates and provides an ideal resource for research on social issues. Each volume focuses on a specific issue and examines how the courts have helped to shape that issue through their rulings.

This series provides a broad range of quality nonfiction for upper elementary and junior/senior high students. Each clearly written book offers an in-depth overview of the topic — and each is specifically written to be used both for reports and for casual reading.