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See what’s coming up in your September issue

Narrative Nonfiction

Unbroken: A Year in the Life of a Girl With Cancer



In this riveting story, your students will go on an inspiring journey with teenager Lauren Bendesky, from the day two years ago when she was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma, through her intense treatment, to today. Includes domain vocabulary, non-linear structures, and narrative and informational passages.

Featured skill: key ideas and details


The Rocket’s Red Glare: The Incredible Story of “The Star-Spangled Banner”

Our riveting historical drama explores the remarkable events that led to the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” which celebrates its 200th anniversary this September. We’ve paired this exciting play with a fascinating essay about the tradition of singing our national anthem at sporting events.
Plus! Time Machine Video: The War of 1812

Featured skill: inference

Paired Texts: Nonfiction & Infographic

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. Lauren Tarshis’s fascinating article on the 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora and its far-reaching consequences is perfect for exploring cause and effect with your class.
Plus! Video: Behind the Scenes with the Author

Featured skills: cause/effect, synthesizing

Fiction & Poem

Dear Future and On Turning 10

In this touching coming-of-age story, a surprising find at a church book sale helps a young teen navigate a tough period in his life. We’ve paired it with a favorite poem of ours by Billy Collins, written from the perspective of a boy mourning the end of childhood.

Featured skill: character


Your Favorite Drinks Can Wreck Your Body

Studies show that all the sugar in soda and juices is seriously harming our health. Is it time to put warning labels on our favorite drinks? Two writers face off on the debate, and your students decide who wins. This package is a wonderful way to introduce argument writing, including strong and weak arguments, supporting evidence, counterargument, bias, and more.

Featured skill: tracing and evaluating arguments

You Write It

First-Line Contest with Lemony Snicket

Each year, we receive thousands of entries to our First-Line Contest, in which we ask your students to compose an imaginative and compelling first line to an unwritten story. This year, we’re thrilled to have the amazing Lemony Snicket as our featured author. (We can’t wait for you to read his fantastic First-Line letter!) Snicket will choose his favorite line from among the entries we receive and use it to start a brand-new story that will appear in the May 2015 issue of Scope. Don’t miss our First-Line Video for ideas on what makes a great hook.


Grammar’s Animal Look-Alikes

Students practice the correct usage of good and well while comparing the uncanny (and hilarious) similarities between a few of their favorite celebrities and three adorable animals.

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