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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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The Blood-Red Night

Though few people have heard of it, the Great Peshtigo Fire of 1871 was the deadliest fire in American history. This gripping article explores the factors that contributed to the devastating disaster.

Featured Skill: main idea and supporting details

Content-Area Connections: social studies: U.S. history, migration; science: natural disasters, weather

What you get: lesson plan, lower-Lexile article, audio versions, video: “Storyworks Behind the Scenes,” Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, quiz



Lemonade: The Musical

This whimsical story about a zany drama club production will delight your students—and get them thinking about the power of teamwork!

Featured Skill: character

What you get: lesson plan, fiction kit, activity sheets, quiz



Should Matt Get a Smartphone?

All Matt wants for his 10th birthday is a cell phone—but his mom thinks he’s too young. Who will win?

Skills: main idea and supporting details, opinion writing

What you get: lower-Lexile article, essay kit, opinion-essay checklist, quiz



Your Mars Vacation

What to pack for a trip to Mars? Our eye-catching infographic pinpoints the essentials for intergalactic travel.

Featured Skill: main idea and supporting details

What you get: lesson plan, guided-writing activity

Writing Rescue


Hello? Hello?

Students will correct grammar and usage errors in an article about the history of our go-to greeting.

Skills: grammar, editing

Reviews by You


Our wonderful Reviews by You feature is now online! Check out our featured nonfiction and fiction reviews from Storyworks students.

Featured Skill: opinion writing, reading comprehension

Paired Texts


Hamburger History/
Tacos Take Over

Students will find many parallels as they “dig in” to these fun articles about the history of the hamburger and the rise of the taco.

Featured Skill: compare and contrast

Content-Area Connections: social studies: immigration, geography

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



The Day Mrs. Parks Was Arrested

This inspiring play will introduce your students to Rosa Parks and the historic Montgomery bus boycott, which led to the end of segregation on public buses.

Featured Skill: cause and effect

Content-Area Connections: social studies: civil rights movement

What you get: lesson plan, activity sheets, quiz



Grammar Cop

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

Skill: spelling

What you get: activity sheet



Words Free as Confetti

Using an explosion of comparisons, this exuberant poem shows the many different and wonderful qualities of words.

Featured Skill: comparisons

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



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: Word Nerd’s Word Workout, Whole-issue Glossary


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