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Narrative Nonfiction
The Girl Who Lived Forever

This powerful nonfiction feature tells the extraordinary story of Anne Frank. The article describes Anne’s time in hiding and provides students with age-appropriate information about World War II and the Holocaust. After reading the article and watching the accompanying video, students will write an essay about Anne’s legacy.

Featured Skill: Supporting a conclusion

Video: Behind the Scenes

Audio: Hear the article read aloud

Activity Sheets:

  • Anne’s Legacy
  • 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: Text Evidence (two levels)
  • Core Skill: Text Structure
  • Core Skill: Text Features
  • Contest Entry Form
Debate/Essay Kit
Should We Ban Competitive Eating?

Puking. Choking. Wasting food. Is it time for competitive eating to end? Students read arguments on both sides of the debate and take a stand.

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

Activity Sheets:

  • Guided Writing: The Argument Essay
  • Quiz (two levels)
  • Vocabulary: Definitions and Practice
  • Core Skill: Tone
Grammar
Grammar Zips to School

Students practice using its and it’s while reading about the thrilling (and terrifying) way kids in a remote part of the Colombian rainforest travel to school.

Key Skill: Commonly confused words

Activity Sheet:

  • Its vs. It’s
Drama
The Golden Curse

Our delightful play based on the Greek myth of King Midas is rich with figurative language, high-level vocabulary, and opportunities for inference. We include an essay about a teen who convinced her family to sell their home and give away a large sum to charity, for a fantastic multi-genre lesson on theme.

Featured Skill: Theme

Activity Sheets:

  • Identifying Theme
  • What Is Theme?
  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions
  • Vocabulary: Definitions and Practice
  • Quiz (two levels)
  • Literary Elements
  • Core Skill: Mood
  • Core Skill: Making Inferences
  • Contest Entry Form
Paired Texts
Stuttering Doesn’t Hold Me Back

Students synthesize information from an inspiring informational text about a teen coping with the challenges of stuttering and an article about the complexity of human speech.

Featured Skill: Synthesizing

Activity Sheets:

  • Synthesizing
  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions
  • Vocabulary: Definitions and Practice
  • Quiz (two levels)
  • Core Skill: Summarizing (two levels)
  • Contest Entry Form
The Lazy Editor
Shhhhh! Stop Singing!

Students correct grammatical errors and revise sloppy writing in a short nonfiction article about the bizarre story behind America’s most famous song, “Happy Birthday to You.”
Three levels available!

Key Skills: Conventions of standard English; revision

Activity Sheets:

  • Your vs. You’re (L1, L2)
  • Word Variation (L2, L3)
  • Paragraph Structure (L1, L2, L3)
  • Misplaced Modifiers (L3)
  • Adverb Endings (L1)
You Write It
Scoop That Poop!

Students use our adorable infographic about dog waste and the environment to write an editorial for a newspaper about how important it is for people to pick up after their dogs. Great for Earth Day!

Key Skills: Summarizing; central ideas and details; interpreting visual text

Activity Sheets:

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