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Narrative Nonfiction

Shattered Lives

The powerful story of an 11-year-old refugee of the Syrian war will introduce students to the current refugee crisis in the Middle East and humanitarian efforts in the region. An informational text on the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan takes students on a tour of one of the largest refugee camps in the world.

Featured Skill: Central ideas and details

Video: Behind the Scenes

Audio: Hear the article read aloud

Activity Sheets:

  • Video Discussion Questions

  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions

  • Vocabulary: Definitions and Practice

  • Quiz (two levels)

  • Read, Think, Explain: Nonfiction Elements (two levels)

  • Core Skill: Central Ideas and Details

  • Core Skill: Summarizing (two levels)

  • Core Skill: Text Features

  • Contest Entry Form

Paired Texts

Yes, Aliens (Probably) Exist

Are we alone in the universe? Scientists are very close to answering this age-old question, but some people think it’s a waste of our resources to find out. Students support an opinion on the topic after reading two fascinating texts: one about the search for life on other planets and one about the cost of space exploration.

Featured Skill: Supporting an opinion

Activity Sheets:

  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions

  • Vocabulary: Definitions and Practice

  • Quiz (two levels)

  • Core Skill: Text Evidence

  • Core Skill: Text Structures

  • Contest Entry Form

Debate/Essay Kit

Should Stores Be Allowed to Spy on You?

Stores across the U.S. have started using technology to gather information about their customers. Is this a good idea? Two writers face off on the debate, and your students decide who makes the best argument.

Featured Skills: Evaluating
arguments; identifying central ideas and details

Activity Sheets:

  • Scavenger Hunt

  • Guided Writing: The Argument Essay

  • Themed Vocabulary

  • Core Skill: Tone


Grammar’s Worst Fears

Students practice number and amount while reading about three celebrities’ worst fears.

Key Skill: Commonly confused words

Activity Sheet:

  • Number vs. Amount


The Necklace

Adapted from the classic story by Guy de Maupassant, this Scope favorite has been re-conceived for Common Core with more complexity, higher vocabulary, a pairing about status symbols through time, and all new support materials. Your students will
love it!

Featured Skill: Drawing conclusions

Video: “Is It Ironic?”

Audio: Pronunciation guide

Activity Sheets:

  • Drawing Conclusions

  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions

  • Vocabulary: Definitions and Practice

  • Quiz (two levels)

  • Literary Elements

  • Core Skill: Mood

  • Contest Entry Form


Girls Can’t Play!

This is the sweet story of a girl who witnesses a historic moment in baseball: a female pitcher striking out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig! Paired with an essay on 13-year-old superstar Mo’ne Davis, the package raises big questions about stereotypes.

Featured Skill: Inference

Video: Scope Time Machine: The 1930s

Activity Sheets:

  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions

  • DIY Vocabulary

  • Video Discussion Questions

  • Quiz (two levels)

  • Literary Elements

  • Core Skill: Making Inferences

  • Contest Entry Form

The Lazy Editor

Get a Whiff of That!

Students correct grammatical errors and revise sloppy writing in a short nonfiction article about the annual Odor-Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest.
Three levels available!

Key Skills: Conventions of standard English; revision

Activity Sheets:

  • Commas with Coordinate Adjectives

  • Word Variation

  • Subject-Verb Agreement

  • Eliminating Extraneous Information

  • Parallelism

You Write It

How I’m Going to End Cyberbullying

Students turn our interview with 14-year-old Trisha Prabhu, who developed software to help stop cyberbullying on social media, into an article.

Key Skills: Summarizing; central ideas and details

Activity Sheets:

  • Guide to “You Write It” Activity

  • Model Text for “You Write It” Activity

  • Contest Entry Form


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