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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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Up From Slavery

This inspiring story of Booker T. Washington’s relentless pursuit of learning includes background information about the horrendous conditions of slavery.

Featured Skill: character traits

Content-Area Connections: social studies: U.S. history, biography

What you get: lesson plan, lower-Lexile article, audio versions, video: “In the Time of Booker T. Washington,” Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, quiz



Hannah and the Birdman

Roland Smith’s story about a girl who helps her elderly neighbor find a supposedly extinct bird is followed by a nonfiction article about the man who sought to protect that very bird.

Featured Skill: synthesizing

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



Should Sweets Be Banned From School Birthday Parties?

More and more schools are banning sugary treats from classroom celebrations. Are they going too far? Your students will read arguments on both sides and then take a stand.

Skills: main ideas and supporting details, opinion writing

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



The Potato: A Great American Vegetable

What’s more American than the potato? Our adorable infographic explains why the starchy staple should be our national vegetable.

Featured Skill: main idea and supporting details

What you get: lesson plan, guided-writing activity

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


Could This Doll Hurt You?

A startling informational text about toys that have been recalled is paired with an infographic on the history of toy-safety laws.

Featured Skill: text evidence

Content-Area Connections: social studies: law, social history

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



The Hindenburg Disaster

Our riveting historical-fiction play, paired with historical photos and in-depth captions, explains the disaster of the Hindenburg and its consequences.

Featured Skill: text features

Content-Area Connections: social studies: 20th-century history

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: quotations

What you get: activity sheet



Toad by the Road

A rhyming toad watches the world going by and recounts his observations with a lively beat.

Featured Skill: rhythm and rhyme

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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