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The Blood-Red Night
Students will follow one frontier family as they fight to survive the deadliest wildfire in American history: the Great Peshtigo Fire of 1871. This riveting story is packed with sensory details and fascinating information on frontier life and the timber industry.
Featured skill: author’s craft
Literary Nonfiction & Newspaper-style Article
The Amazing Penguin Rescue
Two stories about oil spills that threatened penguins reveal how seemingly overwhelming problems can be solved. The first text is a work of literary nonfiction told from an unusual point of view. The second is a newspaper-style article.
Featured skill: synthesizing
The Trojan War
Break out your helmets! Your class will have a blast performing our play about the final days of the Trojan War. Plus: An essay on what it was like to be a 12-year-old boy in ancient Greece helps students understand the role that The Iliad played in city-state life.
Featured skill: making inferences
Should Parents Help With Homework?
Homework can be stressful. But is getting help from Mom and Dad the right answer? Students read arguments on both sides of the debate and take a stand.
Students correct grammatical errors and revise sloppy writing in a short nonfiction article about the world’s favorite game.
You Write It
Students use our eye-catching infographic to write an essay on the perks of modern dentistry.
Grammar Explains Weird Stuff Pets Do
Students practice passed and past while reading about the bizarre (and adorable) habits of pets.