Transform your language arts curriculum with our thrilling content across the genres combined with rich lesson plans, activity sheets, and videos, all created for the Common Core.
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.
The Volcano That Changed the World
In June 1816, a mysterious snowstorm destroyed crops throughout New England. Devastated farmers could never have guessed that the cause of their misery was a massive volcano that had exploded 10,000 miles away.
Featured Skill: cause and effect
Content-area connections: science: natural disasters, climate; social studies: western migration, geography
What you get: lesson plan, lower-Lexile article, audio versions, videos: “Storyworks Behind the Scenes” and “Cause and Effect,” Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, quiz
Award-winner Jenny Nimmo’s story about bullying has just a touch of magic and a lesson that will resonate deeply with your students.
Featured Skill: problem and solution
What you get: lesson plan, fiction kit (new!), activity sheets, quiz
Should Parents Help Kids With Homework?
Mom and Dad might think they’re giving kids a boost by whispering answers in their ears, but could they actually be doing more harm than good? Students will read arguments on both sides and then take a stand.
Skills: main ideas and supporting evidence, opinion writing
What you get: lower-Lexile article, essay kit, opinion-essay checklist, quiz
Your Very Own Pet Rat!
Unlike their wild cousins, pet rats are clever, cuddly, and squeaky clean. Our adorable infographic offers all the facts on why a pet rat would make a great addition to your family.
Featured Skill: compare and contrast
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
Talen’s Got Talent
Stuttering affects millions of kids, and there is no easy cure. But for 10-year-old Talen, a drama class has provided the confidence to cope and to make friends. Plus! An informational text about the fascinating science of human speech.
Featured Skill: synthesizing
Content-area connections: science: the human body, animal behavior; character education
What you get: lesson plan, lower-Lexile article, audio versions, Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, quiz
One of classical mythology’s biggest “oops” moments gets a humorous makeover in our laugh-out-loud play.
Featured Skill: theme
Content-area connections: mythology, language arts
What you get: lesson plan, activity sheets, quiz
Our Grammar Cop activities in each issue will help your students become grammar experts.
What you get: activity sheet
A Punctuation Story
Commas, ellipses, and exclamation points take on a life of their own in Rebecca Kai Dotlich’s whimsical poem about punctuation marks.
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. 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