News & Features
Shop Magazines
Customer Service
Try the Free App
Try the Free App
Customer Service


Meet your most important ELA objectives with
Scope’s engaging multi-genre content, rich
skill-building support material, and thrilling videos.

Scope Videos


Problem loading video..
NEW! 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. 

»Click here for video discussion questions.

 
 
 
Problem loading video..
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

»Click here for video discussion questions.

Problem loading video..
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!

»Click here for video discussion questions.

Problem loading video..
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.

»Click here for video discussion questions.

Problem loading video..
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.

»Click here for video discussion questions.

Problem loading video..
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.”

»Click here for video discussion questions.

Problem loading video..
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.”

»Click here for video discussion questions.

Problem loading video..
Scope Time Machine: 1900-1910

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.

»Click here for video discussion questions.

Problem loading video..
“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.”

»Click here for video discussion questions.

Problem loading video..
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.”

»Click here for video discussion questions.

Problem loading video..
What Is a Fabulous First Line?

A Scope classroom favorite—now new and improved! 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!

»Click here for the contest entry form.

Problem loading video..
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.

»Click here for video discussion questions.

Problem loading video..
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.”

»Click here for video discussion questions.

Problem loading video..
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.

»Click here to download step-by-step instructions on how to use this video with the article.

Problem loading video..
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).

»Click here for video discussion questions.
»Click here to download step-by-step instructions on how to use this video with the article.

Problem loading video..
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.

»Click here to download step-by-step instructions on how to use this video with the article.

Problem loading video..
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.

Problem loading video..
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.

»Click here for video discussion questions.
»Click here to download step-by-step instructions on how to use this video with the article.

Problem loading video..
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.

»Click here for video discussion questions.
»Click here to download step-by-step instructions on how to use this video with the article.

Problem loading video..
Scope Time Machine: The 1930s

Take your students back in time! Our engaging video will immerse your class in the sights and sounds of the 1930s while building content-area knowledge and vocabulary. We like to think of it as a kind of “informational text.” View before performing our Seabiscuit play (November 12, 2012, issue).

»Click here for video discussion questions.
»Click here to download step-by-step instructions on how to use this video with the article.

Problem loading video..
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!

»Click here to download step-by-step instructions on how to use this video with the article.

Problem loading video..
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).

»Click here for video discussion questions.
»Click here to download step-by-step instructions on how to use this video with the article.

Problem loading video..
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.

Problem loading video..
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).

»Click here to download step-by-step instructions on how to use this video with the article.
 

Problem loading video..
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.

»Click here to download step-by-step instructions on how to use this video with the article.

Problem loading video..
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).

»Click here to download step-by-step instructions on how to use this video with the article.

Problem loading video..
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).

»Click here to download step-by-step instructions on how to use this video with the article.

Problem loading video..
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.

»Click here to download step-by-step instructions on how to use this video with the article.

Problem loading video..
How Ironic Is That?

One of Scope’s most popular online features is back—now in video form. Our interactive and fun approach to situational irony will delight and engage your whole class. A classroom must!

Problem loading video..
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).
 

Problem loading video..
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).
 

Problem loading video..
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).