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Why Are Your Clothes So Cheap?
This powerful nonfiction features tells the incredible story of former child garment worker and current activist Kalpona Akter, who quit school and began working in a Bangladeshi sweatshop at the age of 12. The story reveals the shocking truth about the lives of those who make our clothing and provides important information about the global garment industry and child labor. After reading the article and watching the accompanying video, students will write a letter to their favorite brand explaining what they learned about the plight of garment workers and how the company can help these workers.
Skills: central ideas and details, mood, text features, persuasive writing
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Students will love this grimly amusing play, adapted from the classic short story by Washington Irving. Like the original, our play concludes with a hint that the Headless Horseman is a hoax. Even so, a mystery remains: What actually happened to Ichabod Crane? We’ve paired the play with an essay about what life was like in the Hudson River Valley during the time of Washington Irving.
Skills: text evidence, figurative language, inference, comparing texts
The Golden Lie
In this delightful story, some disappointing revelations about the life of her supposed gold-prospecting, mountain lion-fighting great-great grandfather lead Josephine to discover one important truth: It’s OK to be ordinary. We’ve paired the story with a moving poem about fatherhood by Robert Hayden.
Skills: theme, poetry analysis
Should Kids Do Extreme Sports?
After synthesizing information from a riveting nonfiction article about a teen skateboarder’s near-fatal accident and an essay on the science behind risk-taking, students decide whether kids should be allowed to do extreme sports.
Skills: synthesis, tone, text structure
Is Technology Killing Our Friendships?
Thanks to social media and smartphones, human beings are more connected to one another than ever. But is all this technology killing our friendships? Students read arguments on both sides of the debate and take a stand.
Skill: argument writing
Celebrity Snot for Sale
Students correct grammatical errors and revise sloppy writing in a short nonfiction article about the bizarre celebrity memorabilia that people buy.
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The Amazing Tardigrade
Students use our dazzling infographic on the tardigrade (an amazingly resilient microscopic creature) to write a persuasive paragraph about why the tardigrade would make a great school mascot.
Grammar Goes Prehistoric
Students practice using number and amount while reading about the true stars of the hit movie Jurassic World: the dinosaurs.