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An overview of the current issue, including featured skills, activity sheets, videos, and more for every article and story. Explore each individual article below to get its resources.

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Nonfiction

 

The Boston Molasses Flood of 1919

This exciting story brings to life a little-known disaster, in which a giant molasses storage tank broke apart, unleashing a giant wave of molasses on a Boston neighborhood.

Featured Skill: cause and effect

Other Skills: text features, vocabulary, close reading, text evidence, key details, inference, evaluating, author’s craft, expository and narrative writing

What you get: lesson plan, lower-Lexile article, audio articles, Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, quiz

Fiction

 

Ovatniah

In this richly detailed and nuanced story by Roland Smith, Marie is reluctant to spend her summer in a tiny Alaskan village with her Yup’ik grandmother. But as the days pass, she gains insights into her heritage—and herself.

Featured Skills: setting, character

Other skills: vocabulary, close reading, text evidence, key details, inference, tone, connecting texts, narrative writing

What you get: lesson plan, activity sheets, quiz

Debate

 

Is the Bulldog Doomed?

Centuries of irresponsible breeding have left the bulldog with a host of health problems. Should we change the way we breed them? Students will read arguments on both sides and then take a stand.

Skills: main ideas and supporting evidence, opinion writing

What you get: essay kit, opinion-essay checklist, quiz

Infographic

 

Avocado Bubble Gum?

Students will use our fun infographic to support an argument that avocado would make a great flavor for bubble gum.

Skills: interpreting an infographic, writing to support an argument, interpreting visuals, evaluating

What you get: lesson plan, guided-writing activity

Writing Rescue

 

The Rainbow Loom

Our Writing Rescue feature will help your students practice their editing skills.

Skills: capitalization, run-on sentences, word choice, spelling, verb tense

Paired Texts

 

I Was Homeless

An article describing a boy’s ordeal with homelessness is paired with an infographic about child homelessness in America to create a powerful package.

Featured Skills: main ideas and supporting details, integrating information

Other Skills: vocabulary, close reading, text features, inference, author’s purpose, drawing conclusions, applying ideas, interpreting graphs, opinion writing

What you get: lesson plan, lower-Lexile article, audio articles, video: “I Lived in a Truck,” Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, quiz

Drama

 

Yeh Shen, a Chinese Cinderella Story

This Chinese version of “Cinderella,” sprinkled with details of Chinese culture, illustrates how a beloved fairy tale can be told in other ways around the world.

Featured Skills: identifying theme, research

Other skills: vocabulary, text features, close reading, inference, character, plot, text evidence, analyzing, comparing and contrasting, genre, expository writing

What you get: lesson plan, activity sheets, quiz

Grammar

 

Grammar Cop

Our Grammar Cop activities in each issue will help your students become grammar experts.

Skill: pronouns and antecedents

What you get: activity sheet

Poetry

 

Invention

How does a poet see the moon? Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins gives us a glimpse in this lovely poem.

Skills: analyzing figurative language, inference

What you get: lesson plan, audio article, activity sheets, quiz

Vocabulary

 

Vocab Lab

In each issue, our Vocab Lab celebrates the weird, wild, and wonderful world of words. Check out our fun vocabulary-boosting activities. And maybe one of your students will be our next Word Nerd!

Skills: vocabulary, context clues, multiple-meaning words

What you get: crossword, Word Nerd’s Word Workout, Word Nerd’s Vocabulary List

 

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