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An overview of the current issue, including featured skills, activity sheets, videos, and more for every article and story. Explore each individual article below to get its resources.

This article transports students to the dust-storm ravaged Southern Plains in the 1930s. We’ve paired it with a newspaper article about air pollution in Delhi, India.

Featured Skill: 

supporting a conclusion

Audio: 
Hear the articles and vocabulary words read aloud.
Video: 
Time Machine and Behind the Scenes
Activity Sheet: 
  • Supporting a Conclusion: Solving the Problems We
    Create
  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions
  • Read, Think, Explain: Nonfiction Elements 
    (two levels)
  • Quiz (two levels)
  • Vocabulary Definitions and Practice
  • Video Discussion Questions
  • Core Skill: Summarizing (two levels)
  • Core Skill: Text Features
  • Core Skill: Text Structure
  • Core Skill: Central Ideas and Details (two levels)
  • Contest Entry Form

In this thrilling play—based on the classic science-fiction novel by H.G. Wells—humans respond to a terrifying alien invasion in a variety of ways.

Featured Skill: 

cause and effect

Activity Sheet: 
  • Cause and Effect
  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions
  • Vocabulary Slideshow
  • Literary Elements (two levels)
  • Quiz (two levels)
  • Core Skill: Making Inferences
  • Core Skill: Mood (two levels)
  • Contest Entry Form

The inspiring story of how a teenage girl lives with type 1 diabetes is paired with an article about the future of diabetes treatment.

Featured Skill: 

synthesis

Audio: 
Hear the articles and vocabulary words read aloud.
Activity Sheet: 
  • Synthesis
  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions
  • Vocabulary: Definitions and Practice
  • Quiz (two levels)
  • Core Skill: Text Evidence (two levels)
  • Contest Entry Form

Should balloons be banned? Two writers face off in the debate. Who makes the best argument? Your students decide.

Featured Skill: 

supporting an argument; central ideas and details

Audio: 
Hear the vocabulary words read aloud.
Activity Sheet: 
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Guided Writing: The Argument Essay
  • Vocabulary: Definitions & Practice
  • Core Skill: Tone (two levels)
  • Core Skill Reference: Tone Words

This bite-sized nonfiction text explores animals’ so-called sixth sense. A great constructed-response activity follows.

Audio: 
Hear the article and the vocabulary words read aloud.
Activity Sheet: 
  • The Short Write Kit: Constructing a Response
  • Vocabulary: Definitions & Practice 
  • Quiz (two levels)

Students correct grammatical errors and revise sloppy writing in a short nonfiction article about urban legends. Available on three levels!

Activity Sheet: 
  • Homophones
  • Sentence Variation
  • Sentence Fragments
  • Commas

Students practice using accept and except while learning about three popular foods that are banned in the United States.

Featured Skill: 

conventions of standard English

Activity Sheet: 
  • Accept vs. Except

Students turn our interview with 14-year-old Rachel Eaves, who became the first female captain on her football team, into an article.  

Activity Sheet: 
  • Guide to “You Write It” Activity
  • Model Text for “You Write It” Activity
  • Contest Entry Form

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