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Welcome to your March issue. Scroll down to get a summary of each article and its support materials. Just click on the article to get the videos, quizzes, lesson plans, and activity sheets that go with it. Enjoy!


Narrative Nonfiction

Don’t Touch the Water!


The Boston Molasses Flood of 1919

Our thrilling narrative-nonfiction feature brings to life one of history’s little-known disasters, in which a giant molasses storage tank broke apart and unleashed a powerful wave of molasses on a Boston neighborhood. We’ve paired it with a short text about the recent chemical spill in West Virginia.

Featured Skill: Compare and contrast

Audio: Hear the articles read aloud

Activity Sheets:

  • Compare Two Disasters

  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions

  • Vocabulary: Definitions and Practice

  • Quiz

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

  • Contest Entry Form

Paired Texts

Is This You?


In China, the Test That Determines Your Life

We’ve paired an engaging informational text all about stress—what causes it and how to cope—with a newspaper report on the extreme test pressure faced by students in China.

Featured Skill: Synthesizing information

Activity Sheets:

  • Stress Solutions

  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions

  • Vocabulary: Definitions and Practice

  • Quiz

  • Contest Entry Form

Debate/Essay Kit

Should We Live Forever?

Scientists are predicting that future technologies could radically extend our lives. Is that a good thing? Students will consider both sides of the debate and take a stand.

Key Skills: Supporting an argument; identifying central ideas and details

Activity Sheets:

  • Bonus! Quiz

  • Guided Writing: The Argument Essay

  • Vocabulary: Definitions and Practice


Grammar Loves a Comeback

Students practice the correct usage of among and between while learning about the major comebacks of a celebrity, a fashion trend, and an animal.

Key Skill: Conventions of standard English

Activity Sheet:

  • Among vs. Between

Special Supplement

“Wiring” the Brain

This issue of Scope features a special two-page infographic from Scholastic and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Click here to explore the cool interactive site NIDA has created to support this inforgraphic.

Please Note: Be sure to prescreen the site before sharing with your students, to make sure that the content is appropriate for your classroom.


The Corpse-Maker

The epic poem Beowulf comes to life in our exciting new adaptation. Our play covers the first section of the poem: Beowulf’s battle with the hideous man-eating monster Grendel.

Featured Skill: Inference

Video: In the Age of Beowulf

Audio: Pronunciation Guide

Activity Sheets:

  • Beowulf: A Hero of His Time

  • Video-Discussion Questions

  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions

  • Vocabulary: Definitions and Practice

  • Quiz

  • Literary Elements and Devices

  • Contest Entry Form

The Lazy Editor

When Killer Mice Attack

Students correct grammatical errors and revise sloppy writing in a short nonfiction article about the unusual way Guam is taking care of its snake infestation.

Key Skills: Conventions of standard English; revision

Activity Sheets:

  • There, Their, and They’re

  • Parallel Structure

  • Word Choice Mistakes

  • Redundant Words and Phrases


Freddie in the Shade

Pam Muñoz Ryan’s poignant story about a boy coping with change pairs perfectly with Robert Frost’s lovely poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay.”

Featured Skills: Theme, text connections

Audio: Hear the poem read aloud

Activity Sheets:

  • Comparing Themes

  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions

  • Poetry Activity

  • Quiz

  • DIY Vocabulary

  • Literary Elements and Devices

  • Contest Entry Form

You Write It

What Keeps Me Going?

Students turn our interview with 15-year-old Winter Vinecki, the youngest person ever to run marathons on all seven continents, into an article.

Key Skills: Summarizing; central idea and details

Activity Sheets:

  • Guide to “You Write It” Activity

  • Model Text for “You Write It” Activity

  • Contest Entry Form


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Teacher’s Guide

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Crossword Puzzle

A fun way to test comprehension of the entire issue.