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Narrative Nonfiction
Your Phone Could Ruin Your Life

Experts are sounding the alarm on smartphone use—and it’s time to stop texting and start listening. Our must-read informational article explores the not-so-good ways smartphones are affecting our lives—and what your students can do about it.

Featured Skill: Tone and key ideas

Audio: Hear the article read aloud

Activity Sheets:

  • 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: Text Evidence (two levels)
  • Core Skill: Text Structures
  • Core Skill: Tone
  • Contest Entry Form
The Ghost Bird

The search is on for the majestic ivory-billed woodpecker in this touching story by Roland Smith. Plus! A short nonfiction article about the man who worked to save the ivorybill from extinction.

Featured Skills: Synthesizing

Activity Sheets:

  • Synthesizing
  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions
  • DIY Vocabulary
  • Literary Elements
  • Quiz (two levels)
  • Contest Entry Form
Debate/Essay Kit
Should Josh Become a YouTube Star?

Josh wants to start his own YouTube cooking series and become famous. His mom thinks he’s too young. Who makes the best argument? Your students decide.

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

Activity Sheets:

  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Guided Writing: The Argument Essay
  • Vocabulary: Definitions and Practice
Grammar’s Cave of Daggers

Students practice using who and whom while reading about an extremely awesome—and extremely dangerous—underground crystal cave in Mexico.

Key Skill: Commonly confused words

Activity Sheet:

  • Who vs. Whom
The Newsies

Your students will have a blast with our exciting play inspired by the 1899 newsboy strikes in New York City. The play, along with engaging text features and an excellent nonfiction video, will introduce your students to important concepts including child rights, labor strikes, and economic power.

Featured Skill: Making connections

Video: In the Time of the Newsies

Activity Sheets:

  • Making Connections
  • Video Discussion Questions
  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions
  • Vocabulary: Definitions and Practice
  • Quiz (two levels)
  • Literary Elements
  • Core Skill: Mood
  • Core Skill: Making Inferences
  • Core Skill: Text Features
  • Contest Entry Form
Paired Texts
Toys of Terror

Students develop an argument about product regulation after reading a startling informational text about dangerous toys and the role of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, as well as an essay on the recall of Buckyballs, a desk toy intended for adults.

Featured Skill: Developing an argument

Activity Sheets:

  • Developing an Argument
  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions
  • Vocabulary: Definitions and Practice
  • Quiz (two levels)
  • Core Skill: Summarizing (two levels)
  • Contest Entry Form
The Lazy Editor
Did Aliens Make That?

Students correct grammatical errors and revise sloppy writing in a short nonfiction article about the mystery of crop circles.
Three levels available!

Key Skills: Conventions of standard English; revision

Activity Sheets:

  • Run-on Sentences (L1, L2)
  • Apostrophes (L1, L2, L3)
  • Punctuating Essential and Nonessential Elements (L2, L3)
  • Correct Capitalization (L1)
  • Verb-Tense Consistency (L3)
You Write It
Out of the Flames

Students turn our interview with 17-year-old Joe Chambers, who saved a police officer’s life, 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