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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

 

Into the Dark Water

This true account of a teen’s experience aboard the doomed Titanic is paired with a poem narrated from the ship’s point of view.

Featured Skills: analyzing author’s craft, making connections across genres

Other Skills: vocabulary, close reading, key details, text evidence, inference, point of view, narrative writing

What you get: lesson plan, lower-Lexile article, video: “Storyworks Behind the Scenes: Into the Dark Water,” audio version, Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, quiz

Fiction

 

Following Boo

Bobbie Pyron’s poignant story introduces readers to Nate, who is grieving for his late grandfather, and Boo, a dog that drinks from the Fountain of Youth. Boo helps Nate realize that happy lives can have happy endings.

Featured Skill: understanding character

Other skills: vocabulary, close reading, inferences, mood, main idea, theme, expository and narrative writing

What you get: lesson plan, activity sheets, quiz

Debate

 

Should Kids Be on Reality TV?

Being on reality TV can bring fame and glory. It might also ruin a person’s life. Students will read arguments representing both sides and then take a stand.

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

What you get: essay kit, opinion-essay checklist, quiz

Infographic

 

Your Next Best Friend: A Robot?

This delightful infographic presents plenty of reasons for students to buddy up with a robot!

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

What you get: lesson plan, guided-writing activity

Paired Texts

 

Are These Chips Too Delicious?

This fun article explains how today’s flavor scientists work to develop great-tasting processed foods. The pairing, “A Bloody History,” reveals the high value of spices—and the battles to get them—before the 18th century.

Featured Skill: comparing and contrasting

Other Skills: vocabulary, close reading, key details, main idea, text features, analyzing, research, expository writing

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

Drama

 

The Ugly Duckling

In this lovely adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, the Ugly Duckling faces rejection everywhere he goes—until he finds creatures that help him see his inner beauty.

Featured Skill: determining theme

Other skills: close reading, text evidence, character, evaluating, analyzing, main idea, connecting texts, expository writing

What you get: lesson plan, activity sheets, quiz

Grammar

 

Grammar Cop

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

Skill: using apostrophes to show possession

What you get: lesson plan, activity sheet

Poetry

 

Theme in Yellow

Carl Sandburg’s plainspoken poem is perfect for Halloween—and for exploring point of view with your students.

Skills: identifying point of view, imagery/mood, inference, interpreting text

What you get: lesson plan, activity sheet, quiz

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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