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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 powerful article tells the story of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. The article is paired with a moving poem about life in the internment camps.

Featured Skill: 

critical thinking

Audio: 
Hear the article, poem, and vocabulary words read aloud.
Video: 
Behind the Scenes
Activity Sheet: 
  • A Look Back: Critical Thinking
  • Analyze the Poem
  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions
  • Read, Think, Explain: Nonfiction Elements 
    (two levels)
  • Video Discussion Questions
  • Vocabulary: Definitions and Practice
  • Quiz (two levels)
  • Core Skill: Summarizing (two levels)
  • Core Skill: Text Structures
  • Core Skill: Central Ideas and Details (two levels)
  • Core Skill: Tone (two levels)
  • Contest Entry Form

This thought-provoking play follows scientist and nature writer Rachel Carson in her battle to expose the truth about the pesticide DDT.

Featured Skill: 

text evidence

Audio: 
Hear the vocabulary words read aloud.
Activity Sheet: 
  • Rachel Carson’s Legacy: Using Text Evidence
  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions
  • Literary Elements (two levels)
  • Quiz (two levels)
  • Core Skill: Mood (two levels)
  • Contest Entry Form

This bite-sized nonfiction text explores the war against mosquitoes and the deadly diseases they spread.
NOTE: This text provides information that will help students better understand the play. We recommend students read this article before the play.
Vocabulary Slideshow

Audio: 
Hear the article read aloud.
Activity Sheet: 
  • The Short Write Kit: Constructing a Response
  • Vocabulary Handout
  • Quiz (two levels)

Set in the 1930s, this beautiful work of fiction tells the story of a young boy who learns a lesson in generosity. Plus! A short text about the relationship between money and happiness.

Featured Skill: 

character

Audio: 
Hear the story and informational text read aloud.
Activity Sheet: 
  • Exploring Character
  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions
  • Literary Elements (two levels)
  • DIY Vocabulary
  • Quiz (two levels)
  • Core Skill: Inference
  • Contest Entry Form

Two nonfiction texts explore how TV has changed over time and the role TV has played in our culture.

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)
  • Core Skill: Text Features
  • Contest Entry Form

Some experts are saying the school day should be longer. Are they right? Students read arguments on both sides of the debate and take a stand.

Featured Skill: 

supporting an argument; central ideas and details

Activity Sheet: 
  • Guided Writing: The Argument Essay
  • Argument-Essay Checklist
  • Great Transitions Handout
  • Quiz (two levels)

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

Activity Sheet: 
  • Punctuating Quotations
  • Parallel Structure
  • Apostrophe “s” Errors
  • Punctuating Introductory Phrases and Clauses

Students practice using then and than while learning about sneezing.

Featured Skill: 

conventions of standard English

Activity Sheet: 
  • Then vs. Than

Students use our delightful infographic about singing to create a presentation, video, or essay.

Featured Skill: 

summarzing; analyzing a visual text; central ideas and details

Activity Sheet: 
  • Guided Writing: Supporting a Claim
  • Model Text for “You Write It” Activity
  • Contest Entry Form

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