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Video Archive

Our not-to-be-missed videos will thrill, amaze, inspire, and challenge your students.

September 2015

NEW! Beyond the Story:
Why Are Your Clothes So Cheap?

Explore the human cost of our cheap clothes with this powerful video. The video introduces key concepts and vocabulary related to sweatshops and the garment industry. Show it before reading this issue's cover story.

May 2015

Behind the Scenes:
Lost in Death Valley

In this show-stopping video, your students will go behind the scenes of this issue’s cover story. They will explore the fascinating sights and sounds of Death Valley, gain insights into how authors use descriptive language to evoke the feeling of a place, and more.

April 2015

Behind the Scenes:
The Girl Who Lived Forever

Kristin Lewis takes your students behind the scenes of her article “The Girl Who Lived Forever.” In the video, Kristin discusses how she wrote the article and introduces some of its challenging concepts, such as World War II, the Holocaust, and anti-Semitism.

March 2015

In the Time of the Newsies: 1890-1915

Take your students on a journey to New York City at the start of the 20th century. The video provides important background information about what life was like for street kids and what societal changes were beginning to take hold during this transformative time in American history. Watch before reading our play The Newsies.

February 2015

In the Time of Booker T. Washington

In this powerful video, Lauren Tarshis takes your students into the world of Booker T. Washington, providing important background information about what life was like during the Civil War and the Reconstruction Era. Watch before reading “Up From Slavery.”

January 2015

Behind the Scenes:

Shattered Lives

Kristin Lewis takes your students behind the scenes of her article, “Shattered Lives.” In the video, Kristin discusses how she wrote the article and introduces some of its challenging concepts like the Syrian conflict, displacement, and refugee camps.


Scope Time Machine:

The 1930s

Transport your students back in time with this rich and engaging video, which will immerse your students in the sights and sounds of the 1930s. Pair it with out historical fiction story “Girls Can’t Play!”


“Is It Ironic?”

Our interactive and fun approach to situational irony will delight and engage your whole class as well as prepare students to identify situational irony in The Necklace.

December 2014

Behind the Scenes:

The Blood-Red Night

Lauren Tarshis takes your students behind the scenes of her article, “The Blood-Red Night.” Your students will learn how Lauren used primary documents to create a vivid picture of the north Wisconsin woods and the terrifying fire that destroyed it. A great model for students to use in their own work.

November 2014

Behind the Scenes:

Would We Be Killed?

Take your class behind the scenes of Scope to see how we created this paired-texts feature. The video provides historical context and focuses on how the editors decide how to package and present information in a magazine, with particular focus on text features. Great tips for students to use in their own presentation projects!

October 2014

Beyond the Story:

Into the World of Military Working Dogs

We take your students into the fascinating world of real military working dogs. Students will learn about the history, training, and importance of these amazing animals. Use with our narrative nonfiction feature “Call of Duty” in the October 2014 issue.

September 2014

Scope Time Machine:


The latest in our “Time Machine” series will transport your students to early 19th-century America just before the outbreak of the War of 1812. Will America prove itself against Britain, the most powerful nation in the world? Makes an excellent companion to The Rocket’s Red Glare: The Incredible Story of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in the September 2014 issue.


Behind the Scenes:

The Volcano That Changed the World

Author Lauren Tarshis and Researcher Allison Friedman take your students behind the scenes of “The Volcano That Changed the World.” Your students will learn all about the research process. A great model for students to use in their own research projects!


First-Line Video


A Scope classroom favorite! How can a first line grab readers’ attention? This video, which showcases some of our favorite first lines, will help students identify author’s purpose, tone, mood, suspense, and more in a great opener. Don’t forget to have your students enter this year’s First-Line Contest!

May 2014

Scope Films:

After the Bombing

Sydney Corcoran, 17, and her mother were both injured in the Boston Marathon bombing of April 2013. This moving video takes your students down their long road to recovery and explores the unbreakable bond that formed between them after the tragedy. Read more about Sydney in our narrative-nonfiction feature “I Survived the Boston Marathon Bombing.”

Note: This video is emotionally intense and contains images of the aftermath of the bombing. Please preview it before sharing it with your class, to make sure it is appropriate for your students. Because of the sensitive nature of this video, we have not included it in the student view. 

April 2014

Beyond the Story:

Into the World of a Paleontologist

In this not-to-be-missed video, we take your students into the fascinating world of a real paleontologist: Dr. Susan Butts of the Peabody Museum at Yale University. Use with our narrative nonfiction feature, “ The Girl Who Discovered the Dinosaurs”, from the April issue


I Use a Robot to Go to School


Lauren Robinson shows your class how she uses her robot at school. Use with our paired texts activity from the April issue. Thanks to our friends at Action magazine for letting us share their great video with you!

March 2014

In the Age of Beowulf


We're so excited by our new line of videos, which will put important works of literature into historical context, so your students can connect more deeply with classic stories, myths, and legends that take place in unfamiliar settings. Use “In the Age of Beowulf” with our play, The Corpse-Maker, for a great inference activity.

February 2014

Behind the Scenes:

Saving the Great White Monster

Author Lauren Tarshis takes your students behind the scenes of her narrative-nonfiction article “Saving the Great White Monster”, explaining her research process and how she chose to structure her article. It’s a great way to set a purpose for reading.

January 2014

Behind the Scenes:

Fighting Invisible Killers

Take your students behind the scenes of the article with the author. It’s a great way to set the tone for reading the story and to make the potentially frightening topic of superbugs less intimidating. The video emphasizes why it’s important to know about superbugs, how we can deal with the problem, and what students can do to stay safe. Use with our January nonfiction feature, “Fighting Invisible Killers.”

December 2013

Behind the Scenes:

The Day the President Was Shot

This brief, engaging look at our narrative-nonfiction feature provides key background information and explores how the author chose which details to include in the article. Use with our December 2013 nonfiction feature, “The Day the President Was Shot.”

November 2013

Scope Time Machine:


Transport your class to the Age of Optimism! The latest in our “Time Machine” series will immerse your students in the sights, sounds, and big ideas of the early 20th century. Makes an excellent companion to the short story “Electric Summer” which is set in 1904.


“I Lived in a Truck”


Florida teen Arielle Metzger and her family were forced to move into a truck when Arielle’s father lost his job. In this video, Arielle gives us a tour of the truck while reflecting on the experience of being homeless. Use with our November 2013 nonfiction feature, “I Was Homeless.”

October 2013

Scope Films:

Rebuilding Hope

In this beautiful video, Ariel Creamer, 14, gives your students a tour of her town of Rockaway, New York, after the destruction of Hurricane Sandy. Read more about Ariel’s amazing efforts to help rebuild her community in our October paired-texts feature, “Surviving Hurricane Sandy.”

September 2013

Scope Time Machine:

The 1840s

This installment in our popular “Time Machine” series is the perfect companion to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in the September 2013 issue. Explore the role of setting as your class is transported back to Tom Sawyer’s day.


Malala Returns to School


Five months after the attack that nearly claimed her life, Malala Yousafzai prepared to begin high school in Birmingham, England. Use with our September 2013 nonfiction feature “Malala the Powerful.”

April 2013

Behind the Scenes:

The Boys Who Fought the Nazis

Show students this brief, engaging video to start a lesson on our narrative-nonfiction feature “The Boys Who Fought the Nazis” (April 8, 2013, issue). Author Kristin Lewis explains her research and writing process, provides context for the article, and introduces key vocabulary.

March 2013

Scope Time Machine:

The 1920s

Our amazing video is all about the sights, sounds, and moods of the 1920s. It’s packed with facts and vocabulary that will help build a foundation of content-area knowledge. Watch it with your class before reading our nonfiction article, “The Race Against Death” (March 11, 2013, issue).

February 2013

Can a Picture Change the World?


Revamped for use with our narrative nonfiction feature “Hunted for Fun, Left to Die,” (February 11, 2013, issue) this compelling video asks students to consider powerful photos from history. Ask students to think about how Hardy Jones’s work has a similar sort of power.


Behind the Scenes: The Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius


Author Lauren Tarshis gives students an inside look at her research, writing, and editing process in the creation of “Day of Disaster: The Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, 79 A.D.” (February 11, 2013, issue). Great for providing context and setting a purpose for reading.

January 2013

No Pain, No Gain: A Conversation With Gabby Taylor

Gabby Taylor, the subject of our cover story “Dazzle and Danger” (January 14, 2013, issue), tells her story in her own words.


Deadly Hits


Chris Coyne, 19, was all set to play football for a prestigious university until a devastating and preventable injury ended his college sports career before it started. Have students make connections with Gabby’s story (“Dazzle and Danger,” January 14, 2013, issue) after watching this fascinating video.

October 2012

The Electrifying Age of Frankenstein


Our video will give your students a snapshot of the thrilling (and slightly terrifying) scientific advancements that were happening in Mary Shelley’s day. Show it before performing our Frankenstein play (October 22, 2012, issue). Sure to be a big hit in your classroom!

September 2012

Author Talk:

Lauren Tarshis on “Out of the Tornado”

Explore nonfiction writing with Lauren Tarshis, author of our narrative-nonfiction feature “Out of the Tornado” (September 24, 2012, issue).


Teaching Tips in a Minute:

How to Use Scope’s Narrative Nonfiction

The first video in our series of instructional videos is all about using our engaging nonfiction to meet your most important ELA objectives.


Cyclops: My Side of the Story

It would be hard to argue that Polyphemus is a great guy. After all, he eats people. But maybe he’s not as bad as everyone thinks. In this video, the Cyclops gets a chance to explain his side of the story. For a great lesson on character and point of view, show the video after students read our play The Monster in the Cave (September 3, 2012, issue).

April 2012

Titanic: The Ship of Dreams

Our gripping Titanic video explores what the “Ship of Dreams” symbolized at the time it was built. Use it with our nonfiction feature “Into the Dark Water” (April 23, 2012, issue) for a great lesson on symbolism and figurative meaning.

March 2012

Life in the Dust Bowl


Explore the setting of the Dust Bowl with our powerful video slide show, featuring a series of evocative images from the era. Use it with our incredible nonfiction article, “The Dust Bowl: A True Teen Story From History” (March 12, 2012, issue).

February 2012

Voices of Alcatraz


Transport your class to “the Rock” with our video, which features actual quotes from Alcatraz inmates. It’s the perfect companion to our nonfiction article, “Escape From Alcatraz” (February 20, 2012, issue).

January 2012

The Making of a Tsunami


Before delving into the nonfiction article “Surviving the Tsunami” (January 30, 2012, issue), show students our video, which introduces the disaster in Japan and provides an overview of the science behind earthquakes and tsunamis.

October 2011

Author Talk:

Lauren Tarshis on “Head Trauma”

Take your class behind the scenes of our cover story as they watch Lauren talk about writing her article “Head Trauma” (October 10, 2011, issue).

September 2011

Medusa: My Side of the Story

Students will hear Medusa’s side of the story in our fantastic video about how she became a snake-headed monster. Use it with our play The Hunt for Medusa’s Head (September 19, 2011, issue).


The Amazing Life of Edgar Allan Poe


A dazzling three-minute video about the life of the most mysterious mystery writer. Great for author study and listening skills. Pair it with our play The Tell-Tale Heart (September 5, 2011, issue).