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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

 

Attack From Outer Space

In 2013, a meteoroid exploded over Russia. Our article uses this unexpected event to explore the array of objects in space and their potential effects on Earth.

Featured Skill: main idea and supporting details

Other Skills: domain-specific vocabulary, close reading, inference, cause and effect, figurative language

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

Fiction

 

Girl Can’t Dance

We’ve paired a thought-provoking short story by Lisa Yee with an informational text on YouTube sensation Rebecca Black.

Featured Skill: determining theme

Other skills: academic vocabulary, literary device, character, inference, connecting themes across genres

What you get: lesson plan, activity sheets, quiz

Debate

 

Should Every Kid Get a Trophy?

Our short article presents opposing sides of this controversial issue. Your students form an opinion and use our guided-writing activity to craft an argument essay.

Skills: supporting an argument, identifying central ideas and details, essay writing

What you get: essay kit, persuasive essay checklist, quiz

Infographic

 

The Perfect Pet

Students use our infographic to write a short paragraph about why potbellied pigs would make great pets.

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

What you get: lesson plan, guided-writing activity

Paired Texts

 

Surviving Hurricane Sandy

We’ve paired a narrative nonfiction story about how 14-year-old Ariel Creamer helped her community after Hurricane Sandy with an informational text about Hurricane Katrina.

Featured Skill: making connections between texts

Other Skills: academic vocabulary, close reading, author’s craft, text evidence, inference, main idea, compare and contrast

What you get: lesson plan, lower-Lexile article, video: “Rebuilding Hope,” audio version, Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, quiz

Drama

 

The Mighty Hercules

This classical myth will introduce students to the mighty hero Hercules.

Featured Skill: analyzing character traits

Other skills: theme, vocabulary

What you get: lesson plan, activity sheets, quiz

Grammar

 

Grammar Cop

Students correct grammatical errors and revise sloppy writing in a short nonfiction article.

Skill: understanding it’s versus its

What you get: activity sheet

Poetry

 

A True and Delicious Tale

Rebecca Kai Dotlich delivers a beautiful poem about what makes saplings—like children—grow up.

Skills: word choice, inference, theme

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