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Past Issues

  • Narrative Nonfiction: The story of two boys and a storm chaser caught in a tornado’s deadly grip
  • Play: A drama based on the Greek myth of Arachne
  • Paired Texts: The sweet and disturbing story of sugar
  • Debate/Scavenger Hunt: Would you move to Mars?

  • Narrative Nonfiction: The shocking truth about the lives of the men, women, and children who make our clothing
  • Play: A drama based on Washington Irving’s famous story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”
  • Paired Texts: Should kids do extreme sports?
  • Fiction: “The Golden Lie” by Sarah McCarry

MAY 2015
  • Narrative Nonfiction: The riveting story of three women lost in the hottest place on Earth.
  • Play: How Thomas Edison changed the world.
  • Paired Texts: 150 years ago, an African elephant named Jumbo was the most famous creature in the world.
  • Debate/Essay Kit: Is it wrong to Photoshop celebrities?

APRIL 2015
  • Narrative Nonfiction: The extraordinary story of Anne Frank
  • Play: A drama based on the Greek myth of King Midas
  • Paired Texts: How one girl copes with a speech disorder—and steals the show
  • Debate/Essay Kit: Should we ban competitive eating?

MARCH 2015
  • Narrative Nonfiction: Your phone could ruin your life (if you let it)
  • Play: A drama inspired by the 1899 newsboy strike in New York City
  • Paired Texts: What is being done to protect children from dangerous toys?
  • Fiction: A touching story by Roland Smith

  • Narrative Nonfiction: How Booker T. Washington helped millions of former slaves
    go to school
  • Debate: Should kids play football?
  • Play: A drama based on the legend of Robin Hood
  • Paired-Texts: The story of a Mexican food that became an all-American favorite

  • Narrative Nonfiction: The story of an 11-year-old Syrian refugee
  • Play: A drama based on Guy De Maupassant’s classic story, The Necklace
  • Paired Texts: Are we alone in the universe?
  • Debate: Should stores be allowed to spy on you?

  • Narrative Nonfiction: The forgotten story of the Great Peshtigo Fire of 1871
  • Play: A drama based on the final days of the Trojan War
  • Paired Texts: A devastating oil spill, 40,000 penguins, and the humans who
    saved their lives
  • Debate: Should parents help with homework?

  • Narrative Nonfiction: Is there a monster living in Loch Ness, Scotland’s legendary lake?
  • Paired Texts: Thousands of Native American children were taken from their families and sent to boarding schools to “learn the ways of the white man.”
  • Fiction: “The Quinceañera Text” by Erin Fanning
  • Debate: Is Miley Cyrus really out of control?

  • Debate: Do fans take sports too seriously?
  • Narrative Nonfiction: The inspiring story of a marine corporal and his
    military working dog
  • Play: A play adapted from the new movie based on Lois Lowry’s beloved novel
    The Giver
  • Paired Texts: Is it time for cursive to die?

  • Narrative Nonfiction: A year in the life of a teen with cancer
  • Play: A historical drama based on the events that led to the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner”
  • Debate: Is it time to start putting warning labels on sugary drinks?
  • Paired Texts: The 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora

2013-2014 School Year

MAY 2014
  • Narrative Nonfiction: The Boston Marathon bombing
  • Paired Texts: Noise-induced hearing loss
  • Fiction: "People Call Me Crazy" by Gary Paulsen
  • Debate: Should Justin Bieber be deported?
APRIL 2014
  • Paired Texts: Allergies
  • Narrative Nonfiction: Dinosaur fossils
  • Play: An adaptation of the acclaimed movie and beloved novel The Book Thief
  • Debate: Should plastic bags be banned?
MARCH 2014
  • Drama: An adaptation of the epic poem Beowulf
  • Narrative Nonfiction: The Boston Molasses Flood of 1919
  • Paired Texts: How to cope with stress
  • Fiction: “Freddie in the Shade” by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  • Nonfiction: Saving the great white shark
  • Play: A classic Sherlock Holmes story
  • Paired Texts: Barbara Johns, teen civil-rights hero
  • Debate: Should schools start later?
  • Debate: Should schools do away with sports?
  • Narrative Nonfiction: Fighting deadly superbugs
  • Paired Texts: The history of hair
  • Play: The amazing story of young Frederick Douglass
  • Narrative Nonfiction: The riveting story of JFK's assassination
  • Drama: Pandora's Box
  • Paired Texts: Phobias and a folktale
  • You Write It: Recipe for a Great Boy Band
  • Paired Texts: Scope imagines life in the future
  • Fiction: “Electric Summer” by Richard Peck
  • Narrative Nonfiction: Homelessness in America
  • Drama: Guy de Maupassant’s “The Piece of String”
  • Debate: Should bulldog breeding have stricter standards?
  • Narrative Nonfiction: The crisis of teen steroid abuse
  • Paired Texts: Surviving Hurricane Sandy
  • 2013-2014 First Line Contest with Gary Paulsen
  • Narrative Nonfiction: The amazing story of a teenage Pakistani activist
  • Fiction: “The Space Rock” by Roland Smith
  • Drama: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Paired Texts: What makes food taste good?

2012-2013 School Year

MAY 6, 2013
  • Paired Texts: Laura Dekker, Marco Polo, and other teen adventurers
  • Drama: The Sword in the Stone
  • Debate: Should Barry Bonds be in the Hall of Fame?
  • Infographic: Why pigs make great pets
APRIL 8, 2013
  • Narrative Nonfiction: Brave teens take on Nazis
  • Paired Texts: What is McDonald’s like in other countries?
  • Fiction: “Girl Can’t Dance” by Lisa Yee
  • Grammar: Spectacular celebrity hairstyles
MARCH 11, 2013
  • Paired Texts: The causes and effects of sleep deprivation
  • Lazy Editor: The origins of St. Patrick’s day
  • Narrative Nonfiction: A sled dog race to save a remote Alaskan town
  • Drama: The true story of Deborah Sampson, teen soldier in the American Revolution
FEBRUARY 11, 2013
  • Narrative Nonfiction: Rescuing dolphins in peril
  • Paired Texts: The eruption of Mount Vesuvius
  • Drama: The brave boys of Greensboro and the civil rights movement
  • Fiction: “Good Enough” by Rachel Vail
JANUARY, 14 2013
  • Narrative Nonfiction: The inspiring story of Gabby Taylor, teen crusader for safety in youth sports
  • Drama: Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Birthmark”
  • Debate: What really happened on Easter Island?
  • Paired Texts: Meet Robert Smalls, civil war hero
DECEMBER,10 2012
  • Narrative Nonfiction: Deadly avalanches
  • Paired Texts: The Mayans, 2012, and the end of the world
  • Grammar: Gangnam Style!
  • Fiction: “The Choice” by Nan Marino
NOVEMBER 12, 2012
  • Narrative Nonfiction: The physical and emotional scars of war
  • Drama: The amazing story of the racehorse Seabiscuit
  • Paired Texts: The history of hygiene
  • Debate: Is the cafeteria ruining your life?
OCTOBER 22, 2012
  • Paired Texts: Justin Bieber and Emily Dickinson
  • Narrative Nonfiction: Riding the orphan train
  • Drama: Frankenstein
  • Fiction: “Following Boo” by Bobbie Pyron
SEPTEMBER 24, 2012
  • Debate: Should YouTube ban dangerous stunt videos?
  • Narrative Nonfiction: Surviving a ferocious tornado
  • Drama: A Sherlock Holmes mystery
  • Grammar: Our favorite aliens
SEPTEMBER 03, 2012
  • Narrative Nonfiction: Modern-day child slavery in America
  • Drama: Odysseus vs. the Cyclops
  • Fiction: “Ovatniah” by Roland Smith
  • Paired Texts: Hunting a killer grizzly bear

2011-2012 School Year

MAY 14, 2012
  • Narrative Nonfiction: “Dogs vs. Terrorists”
  • Fiction: “Welcome to Anywhere” by Roland Smith
  • Debate: Is it OK to sneak food into the movies?
  • Paired Texts: What if the Hunger Games were real?
APRIL 23, 2012
  • Narrative Nonfiction: One boy’s story of surviving the sinking of the Titanic
  • Paired Texts: Fast food and America’s obesity problem
  • Debate: Do tigers make good pets?
  • Drama: A creepy adaptation of W.W. Jacobs’s “The Monkey’s Paw”
APRIL 2, 2012
  • Debate: Can being a loser help you win?
  • Narrative Nonfiction: Rescuing orphaned elephants in Africa
  • Paired Texts: The courage to compete
  • You Write It: A teen with a cure for cancer
MARCH 12, 2012
  • Paired Texts: Real and fictional sea monsters
  • Narrative Nonfiction: A true teen story from the Dust Bowl
  • Lazy Editor: Medical maggots
  • Drama: The Emperor’s New Clothes
FEBRUARY 20, 2012
  • Debate: Are you addicted to screens?
  • Paired Texts: What it’s like to live in Lagos, Nigeria
  • Narrative Nonfiction: Escape from Alcatraz
  • Drama: Rip Van Winkle
JANUARY 30, 2012
  • Narrative Nonfiction: The middle-school kids who saved hundreds of lives during the 2011 tsunami in Japan
  • Debate: Are designer brands worth the price?
  • Drama: Teen freedom fighters of the civil rights movement
  • Paired Texts: Finding a sunken treasure
JANUARY 9, 2012
  • Narrative Nonfiction: Food safety in America
  • Paired Texts: A mountain-climbing trip gone awry
  • Debate: Is it OK to lie?
  • Drama: Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment”
DECEMBER 12, 2011
  • Debate: Should 4-year-olds be beauty queens?
  • Narrative Nonfiction: The world’s deadliest creature
  • Lazy Editor: The mystery of the Bermuda Triangle
  • Paired Texts: How the toilet changed the world
NOVEMBER 21, 2011
  • Narrative Nonfiction: The resilient Lexi Youngberg, teen amputee
  • Paired Texts: Earthquakes vs. hurricanes
  • Debate: Are school uniforms a good idea?
  • Lazy Editor: The obsessive world of sneaker collectors
OCTOBER 31, 2011
  • Paired Texts: The horror of werewolves
  • Narrative Nonfiction: A real-life haunted house
  • Drama: Lewis Hine and the power of photography
  • You Write It: Heroic rescue on the mountainside
OCTOBER 10, 2011
  • Narrative Nonfiction: The danger of concussions in youth sports
  • Drama: The Curse of King Tut
  • Debate: Would you clone your dog?
  • Lazy Editor: Competitive eaters
SEPTEMBER 19, 2011
  • Narrative Nonfiction: Escape from a deadly wildfire
  • Drama: The Myth of Medusa
  • Paired Texts: Bieber and the Beatles
  • You Write It: A spelling-bee champion
  • Debate: Does Facebook make you mean?
  • Narrative Nonfiction: The guys who got bin Laden
  • Drama: Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart”
  • Paired Texts: Changing laws and attitudes about smoking

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