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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

 

Saving the Great White Monster

Sharks can inspire terror, yet they are key to the future of our oceans. As some shark species face extinction, conservationists’ creative thinking offers hope that one of Earth’s oldest and most fascinating creatures will survive.

Featured Skills: problems and solutions, text features

Other Skills: vocabulary, close reading, text evidence, point of view, author’s craft, cause and effect, main idea, tone, expository writing, speech

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

Fiction

 

The Mystery of the Snake Egg

Jeremy suspects something is amiss in his uncle’s pet store when Zimmerman, an African grey parrot, starts acting odd. With the help of his friend Molly, Jeremy uncovers an illegal pet-smuggling operation.

Featured Skill: characters’ motivations

Other skills: vocabulary, close reading, text evidence, key details, author’s craft, foreshadowing, inference, connecting texts, research, expository writing

What you get: lesson plan, activity sheets, quiz

Debate

 

Should America Get Rid of the Penny?

There isn’t much use for the one-cent coin. So why do we bother with it anymore?

Skills: main ideas and supporting evidence, opinion writing

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

Infographic

 

Gold Medal Bowling!

Students will use our fun, fact-filled infographic to support an argument that bowling should be an Olympic sport.

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

What you get: lesson plan, guided-writing activity

Writing Rescue

 

Did Aliens Make These Statues?

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

Skills: capitalization, sentence fragments, spelling, proofreading, verb tense

Paired Texts

 

Welcome to the Future

What will life be like in 2114? Students will read the fascinating—and slightly scary—predictions of top scientists. Paired with a poem by Rebecca Kai Dotlich.

Featured Skills: making inferences, connecting texts

Other Skills: vocabulary, close reading, details, synthesizing, tone, evaluating, structure, interpreting text, inference, main idea, narrative writing

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

Drama

 

“I Would Rather Die”

Our gripping read-aloud play follows Frederick Douglass from his early childhood through his escape to freedom and shows the importance of reading in his quest for liberty. It also introduces students to the cruelty of slavery.

Featured Skill: analyzing key ideas and details

Other skills: domain-specific vocabulary, text features, close reading, text evidence, inference, reading for information, 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: subject/verb agreement

What you get: activity sheet

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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