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.
Your students will be riveted by the story of Robert Smalls, a slave who, in 1862, commandeered a Southern ship to free his family—and became a renowned Civil War hero.
social studies: American history: slavery, the Civil War
lesson plan, lower-Lexile article, audio versions, video: "In the Time of Robert Smalls," vocabulary slideshow, Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, quiz, questions for ELLs
These dazzling articles will take your students on a journey from the dawn of TV through the age of YouTube, illuminating the ways in which America's TV-watching habits have changed over the years.
compare and contrast
social studies: cultural history, technology and society
lesson plan, lower-Lexile article, audio versions, Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, quiz, questions for ELLs
Discovering lost pirate treasure helps Laurel find her own lost treasure.
lesson plan, audio version, video: "Storyworks Author Visit: 2 Minutes With Rebecca Behrens," Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, quiz
Our exciting Greek-myth play will introduce your students to a classic hero.
social studies: ancient Greece
lesson plan, vocabulary slideshow, Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, quiz
The students in Mr. Parker's class think they should be able to chew gum in school—but their principal isn't so sure. Your students will decide who makes the better argument.
main ideas and supporting evidence, opinion writing
lesson plan, lower-Lexile article, Spanish-language article, essay kit, opinion-essay toolkit, quiz
In each issue, our Vocab Lab celebrates the weird, wild, and wonderful world of words. Check out our fun, vocabulary-boosting activities below. And maybe one of your students will be our next Word Nerd!
vocabulary, context clues, multiple-meaning words