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G5-6 Text Set: Young Problem Solvers

Alex Knoll created an app to help people with disabilities. COURTESY ALEXANDER KNOLL

Young people will be the next generation of leaders and change-makers. But many don’t wait until they are in positions of power to take action. These innovative minds search for and create solutions to the problems they see around them. This text set explores young people who research, invent, or speak out to solve problems.

Essential Questions

1. Whose responsibility is it to solve problems in the world?

2. How can young people make an impact on their community? How can they impact the world?

3. What inspires young people to take action?

4. Why is it important for young people to be involved in finding solutions?

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