Every issue of Storyworks offers a beautifully written and designed work of narrative nonfiction. Each six-page article delves into an important and highly engaging topic, often connected to social studies and science curriculums. Typical selections present natural disasters, significant events in history, and inspiring figures from the past or present.
Storyworks offers original fiction by renowned children’s authors in every issue. Stories often address issues relevant to upper elementary students, including friendships, fitting in, family dynamics, and school situations.
Each story is designed as a “learning kit,” with close-reading questions right on the page for students to consider and discuss as they read.
Each issue has a classic or contemporary poem by an acclaimed poet, accompanied by stunning artwork. Storyworks poetry is complex enough for lively discussions and lessons while remaining accessible and appealing to children. Poetry selections can usually be paired, by topic or theme, with another feature in the issue.
The Mini Read presents a short, high-interest nonfiction article. The accompanying Word Hunt prompts students to find words and idioms in the article that relate to the article’s topic; for example, “Find three verbs that mean eat.” The Fact Finder prompts students to identify key information that’s important for building basic background knowledge, especially around social studies and science topics.
This vocabulary-building feature consists of two parts. Every issue offers “The Word Nerd,” in which a cartoon character uses advanced vocabulary that students must decipher in context. The facing page alternates between “The Idiomizer,” a superhero comic strip that introduces idioms, and “One Word 3 Ways,” which focuses on multiple-meaning words.