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March/April 2017

Rise Up and Read

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.

Freedom or Death
Lexile Level: 910L; GRL: U; DRA Level: 50

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.

Featured Skill: 

text evidence

Content-Area Connection: 

social studies: American history: slavery, the Civil War

What You Get: 

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

The Amazing History of American Television
Lexile Level: 920L; GRL: U; DRA Level: 50

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.

Featured Skill: 

compare and contrast

Content-Area Connection: 

social studies: cultural history, technology and society

What You Get: 

lesson plan, lower-Lexile article, audio versions, Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, quiz, questions for ELLs

Lost and Found
Lexile Level: 820L; GRL: T; DRA Level: 50

Discovering lost pirate treasure helps Laurel find her own lost treasure.

Featured Skill: 

inference

What You Get: 

lesson plan, audio version, video: "Storyworks Author Visit: 2 Minutes With Rebecca Behrens," Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, quiz

GRL: V; DRA Level: 50

Our exciting Greek-myth play will introduce your students to a classic hero.

Featured Skill: 

character

Content-Area Connection: 

social studies: ancient Greece

What You Get: 

lesson plan, vocabulary slideshow, Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, quiz

Lexile Level: 840L; GRL: T; DRA Level: 50

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.

Featured Skill: 

main ideas and supporting evidence, opinion writing

What You Get: 

lesson plan, lower-Lexile article, Spanish-language article, essay kit, opinion-essay toolkit, quiz

Animals welcome the spring in Carl Sandburg's delightful poem.

Featured Skill: 

personification

What You Get: 

lesson plan, audio version, activity sheets, 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!

Featured Skill: 

vocabulary, context clues, multiple-meaning words

What You Get: 

whole-issue glossary

Your Next Vacation Destination: Antarctica!

Earth's least explored (and coldest!) continent is a land of wonder and adventure.

Featured Skill: 

main idea and supporting details

What You Get: 

lesson plan, guided-writing activity

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

Featured Skill: 

commas

What You Get: 

activity sheet

Students will learn odor-related words as they read a short article about how bad smells help animals survive in the wild.

Featured Skill: 

Vocabulary

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