21st Century Reading was created through a partnership between TED, a nonprofit dedicated to spreading ideas through short, powerful talks and National Geographic Learning.
21st Century Reading provides the ideal forum for learners of English to make connections with topics ranging from science to business to global issues. Using TED Talks as the springboard to share ideas, this new four-level reading series shows learners how to understand and respond to ideas and content in English.
21st Century Reading develops essential knowledge and skills for learners to succeed in today’s global society. The series teaches core academic language skills and incorporates 21st century themes and skills such as global awareness, information literacy, and critical thinking.
Each unit of 21st Century Reading has three parts: READ about a 21st century topic—such as social robots and viral videos—in Lesson A; LEARN more about the topic by viewing an authentic TED Talk in Lesson B; EXPLORE the topic further by completing a collaborative research project.