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When your child is signed up for The Juice, you will also receive The Juice. The Juice is a learning platform that uses current events and news stories as scaffolding to strengthen children’s reading comprehension and critical thinking skills. We have built vocabulary tools and quizzing software into The Juice. Each issue features at least six quiz questions linked to core curriculum standards and embedded into each story is two vocabulary words. Your child’s teacher will be able to access how he or she is doing and will be able to glean if your child needs supplemental help in certain areas.

Think of the “extra Juice” as a supplement. Some news stories need background information or might spark further questioning. The “extra Juice” is intended to help students understand a story to the fullest extent possible.

Each story has vocabulary words embedded in it. Articles highlight both tier 2 and tier 3 words to build general literacy and subject specific knowledge. The highlighted words are tailored to the reader’s level.

In addition to defining the words, vocabulary quiz questions are designed to push students to think about words in context.

For a deeper dive into the news, visit our news aggregation website. It is updated on average every 8 minutes 24/7/365. It is available in English and Spanish. 

If you’re subscribed to The Juice, then you can install it as an app on your smartphone. Whether you use Android or iOS, we’ve got you covered:

Android

  • Launch the “Chrome” app
  • Go to https://secure.thejuice.news
  • Tap the menu icon (3 dots in upper right-hand corner) and tap Add to homescreen.
  • Click “Add”

iOS

  • Launch the “Safari” app
  • Go to https://secure.thejuice.news
  • Tap the “Share” icon (the small rectangle with an arrow pointing up at the bottom of your screen)
  • Scroll down
  • Click “Add to Home Screen”
  • Click “Add” (top right)

Teachers

The Juice is meant to supplement your daily instructional plan. We choose important, topical, and engaging news stories that lend themselves well to discussion. Furthermore, you will be able to track how your students are doing on our daily quizzes. In your account you will be able to see if your students or a specific student needs help with a specific skill.

The Juice’s design assures all students can use our software; our progressive web application can be accessed without an email address. Just have your students enter in the link into any web browser. 

We are aligned with common core standards, specifically for Reading Informational Text for grades 5-12.

Our questions are developed by our team of educators. The writing of the questions is spearheaded by our Educational Assessment Coordinator. Questions adhere to core curriculum standards and are intended to engage students with the material. They also provide teachers with valuable information regarding students’ critical thinking skills.

Our mission is to help students become better critical thinkers, communicators, and citizens by increasing their knowledge and comprehension of their world. The Juice utilizes some of the world’s leading educational frameworks to create stories, quiz questions, and vocabulary lessons at multiple reading levels. All of our content is carefully written so that it is aligned with at least one widely recognized learning standard.

Articles highlight both tier 2 and tier 3 words to build general literacy and subject specific knowledge. In addition to defining the words, vocabulary quiz questions are designed to push students to think about words in context.

Company and Content

Beyond understanding world events, The Juice is designed to create thinking habits among students. We strive to help them wonder and ask questions, build explanations and interpretations, consider different viewpoints and perspectives, reason with evidence, uncover complexity, and go beneath the surface.

The Juice’s sister company is News and News. It produces a human-curated news cheat sheet as well as a daily newsletter. The cheat sheet is created by its global network of editors. The editorial team works 24/7/365 reviewing a diverse collection of sources to provide readers with a balanced view of current events around the world.  The daily newsletter is comprised of all original content written by the News and News team and is published late morning Monday through Friday.

The Juice’s stories are selected by a team of educators and journalists each day. Our team selects stories that are topical, relevant, important, educational, and engaging to students.

News and News is a leading source of balanced news and factual reporting. Learn more at mediabiasfactcheck.com.

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US Politics (Grades 11-12)

Biden Executive Orders Will Reverse Trump Policies

President-elect Joe Biden plans to sign a flurry of executive orders soon after his inauguration tomorrow. He plans to address what he’s calling the four crises facing the country. They are COVID-19, the economic downturn, racial injustice, and climate change.

An executive order is a written directive from the president carrying powers similar to a federal law. Presidents have historically used these orders to push policies forward quickly because they do not require approval from Congress. The downside of executive orders is that they are easily overturned by any new president. That is not true for federal laws.

Among other moves overturning Trump administration policies, Biden’s orders will return the US to the Paris Climate Accord and to the Iran nuclear deal.

Related to the pandemic, Biden will require face masks on federal properties and during interstate travel. Other orders will be aimed at safely reopening schools and businesses.

On immigration, Biden will order agencies to determine how to reunite children separated from their families after crossing the US-Mexico border. Another order will end travel restrictions targeting majority-Muslim countries.

Other orders will address “equity and support communities of color,” criminal justice reform, and access to healthcare.

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