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Storyworks Behind The Scenes: The Volcano That Changed the World

Find out how author Lauren Tarshis digs up all the information she needs to write a show-stopping narrative nonfiction article. A great model for students to use in their own research projects! Click here for video discussion questions.

Originally created for The Volcano That Changed the World, September 2014

 

Cause and Effect

Teach your students the concept of cause and effect with our fun video starring Hamlet the Hamster. A perfect complement to our nonfiction article “The Volcano That Changed the World.”

Originally created for The Volcano That Changed the World, September 2014

 
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Storyworks Beyond the Story: Into the World of a Paleontologist

Our captivating video takes your students into the lab of paleontologist Dr. Susan Butts, who studies fossils to paint a portrait of what life might have looked like hundreds of millions of years ago. Click here for video discussion questions.

Originally created for The Girl Who Discovered the Dinosaurs, April/May 2014

 
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Meet the Mint

A lot more goes into a pocketful of change than you might think! Our video offers a fascinating glimpse into how the U.S. Mint designs and produces the coins you use every day. Click here for video discussion questions.

Originally created for Should America Get Rid of the Penny?, February/March 2014

 
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Storyworks Behind the Scenes: Saving the Great White Monster

Think the great white shark is nothing but a terrifying brute? Think again! In this video, author Lauren Tarshis explains why the legendary aquatic predator is important to the ocean’s ecosystem—and why it even deserves our love. Click here for video discussion questions.

Originally created for Saving the Great White Monster, February/March 2014

 
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I Lived in a Truck

Florida teen Arielle Metzger and her family were forced to move into a truck when Arielle’s father lost his job. In this video, Arielle gives us a tour of the truck while reflecting on the experience of being homeless. Click here for video discussion questions.

Originally created for I Was Homeless

 
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I Use a Robot to Go to School

Dogs aren’t the only ones that can help with allergies! Meet the robot that helps Lauren, a teenage girl with a severe and potentially fatal dairy allergy, go to school and hang out with her friends. Click here for video discussion questions.

Originally created for Sit, Stay, Save My Life!

 
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Storyworks Behind the Scenes: Into the Dark Water

Go behind the scenes with author Lauren Tarshis to learn all about how she researched and wrote the narrative-nonfiction article “Into the Dark Water.” Click here for video discussion questions.

Originally created for Into the Dark Water

 
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Rebuilding Hope

Our video, which follows Ariel Creamer around her hometown, makes a powerful companion to the article “Surviving Hurricane Sandy”. Click here for video discussion questions.

Originally created for Surviving Hurricane Sandy.

 
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Storyworks Behind the Scenes: Attack From Outer Space

Our behind-the-scenes look at the article “Attack From Outer Space” will teach your students all about the research and writing process. Click here for video discussion questions.

Originally created for Attack From Outer Space

 
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What Is a Character?

Hamlet, the Storyworks hamster, explains how authors create detailed and memorable characters. A perfect introduction to our contest!

Originally created for Create a Character Contest

 
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Time Machine: The 1930s

Our Time Machine video will teach your students all about the 1930s and help them understand the historical context for the play.

Originally created for Seabiscuit

 
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Storyworks Behind the Scenes: Exploring Harriet Tubman

Students go behind the scenes with Lauren Tarshis, the author of "From Slavery to Freedom," and learn about her research and writing process.

Originally created for From Slavery to Freedom

 
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Storyworks Behind the Scenes: The Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius

Author Lauren Tarshis gives your students a behind the scenes look at her research, writing, and editing process. Perfect for a lesson on author’s craft!

Originally created for The Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius

 
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Volcano Alert: In Harm’s Way

This brief introduction to the science of volcanoes will complement our nonfiction article, "The Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius." A perfect cross-curricular connection!

Originally created for The Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius

 
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Time Machine: The 1920s

Our amazing video is all about the sights, sounds, and mood of the 1920s. It’s packed with facts and vocabulary that will help build a foundation of content-area knowledge. Watch it with your class before reading our nonfiction article “The Race Against Death.”

Originally created for The Race Against Death

 
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Word Nerd Slide Show

Check out our fun Word Nerd Slideshow, in which we revisit some of our favorite past Word Nerd adventures and give students great tips on deciphering new vocabulary words!

 
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Medusa: My Side of the Story

Everyone thinks of Medusa as a horrible monster. Once, though, she was a regular human being. In our spectacular video, students get to hear Medusa’s side of the story. Perfect for exploring point of view and theme with our play The Hunt for Medusa’s Head.

Originally created for The Hunt for Medusa’s Head

 
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Storyworks Teaching Tips in a Minute: Nonfiction Reading

Explore how to use the engaging nonfiction articles in Storyworks to build reading skills and meet the Common Core standards.

 
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Storyworks Teaching Tips in a Minute: Cause/Effect

Want some simple ways to use fabulous Storyworks nonfiction articles to teach your most important language arts skills? Check out the first in our new series of quick and fun videos — perfect for Common Core and beyond!

 
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Tornado Time

This brief, engaging clip provides great background information, explaining what tornadoes are and how they form.

Originally created for Out of the Tornado

 
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What is a Plot?

Your students will love this hamster-filled adventure—and will learn all the parts of a plot! Also pairs with the January 2012 issue short story, "Making Music."

Originally created for Making Music

 
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The Making of a Tsunami

This fascinating video introduces the disaster in Japan and provides an overview of the science behind earthquakes and tsunamis.

Originally created for Surviving the Tsunami

 
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What is an Author’s Purpose?

Watch to learn why Lauren Tarshis wrote the narrative nonfiction article "Deadly Hits" for the January 2012 issue of Storyworks.

Originally created for Deadly Hits

 
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What Does It Mean to be Powerful?

Meet Ethan Z., the star of our October 2011 nonfiction article, "The Awesome Powers of Ethan Z.!"

Originally created for The Awesome Powers of Ethan Z.!

 
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The World’s Deadliest Creature

Our first video for students! What IS the world's deadliest creature? Find out in this companion to our thrilling nonfiction feature appearing in the September 2011 issue.

Originally created for The World’s Deadliest Creature

 
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Storyworks in the Classroom: An Introduction for Teachers

This video is a great way for you to get familiar with all the features Storyworks offers and how they can create a rich and meaningful classroom experience for you and your students! It's a great refresher for existing subscribers as well — you never know what crucial information you may be missing. We welcome your feedback, as always; if you have a comment about this video, please click the "Talk to Us" link and let us know what you think!