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Welcome to your May 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

I Survived the Boston
Marathon Bombing

This is the moving story of Sydney Corcoran and her mother, who were both injured in the Boston Marathon bombing of April 2013. The article evokes the horror of that day as well as the extraordinary resilience of Sydney, her mom, and the city of Boston. We’ve paired the article with an excerpt from President Obama’s speech about the tragedy.

Featured Skill: Central idea

Video: Scope Films Presents: After the Bombing

Audio: Hear the article and speech read aloud

Activity Sheets:

  • Applying a Central Idea

  • Video-Discussion Questions

  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions

  • Vocabulary: Definitions and Practice

  • Quiz

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

  • Contest Entry Form

Paired Texts

Throw Away Your Earbuds Now! and I Can’t Hear You

Doctors warn that iPods and other personal music players are seriously—and permanently—damaging our hearing. An article about the science of noise-induced hearing loss is paired with a personal essay by a writer who has suffered severe hearing loss.

Featured Skill: Integrating knowledge

Activity Sheets:

  • Integrating Knowledge

  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions

  • Themed Vocabulary: Words Related to Hearing and Sound

  • Quiz

  • Contest Entry Form

Debate/Essay Kit

Should Justin Bieber
Be Deported?

Since Justin Bieber’s recent arrest, many people are saying that the young superstar should be deported to his native Canada. But does he really deserve it? Two writers face off in separate articles, and your students decide which is the stronger argument.

Featured Skill: Tracing and evaluating arguments

Activity Sheets:

  • Tracing and Evaluating Arguments

  • Guided Writing: The Argument Essay

  • Close-Reading Questions

  • Vocabulary: Definitions and Practice

  • Quiz


Grammar Buys Sports Stuff

Students practice the correct usage of accept and except while learning about the fascinating world of sports  memorabilia.

Key Skill: Conventions of standard English

Activity Sheet:

  • Accept vs. Except


The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Our adaptation of the classic tale of good and evil is equal parts creepy, thought-provoking, and fun—just like Robert Louis Stevenson’s original novella. We’ve paired the play with a personal essay in which a writer reflects on her experience as a summer-camp hazer.

Featured Skill: Using text evidence to support a claim

Activity Sheets:

  • The Dark and the Light

  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions

  • Vocabulary: Definitions and Practice

  • Quiz

  • Literary Elements and Devices

  • Contest Entry Form

Fiction—First-Line Contest Winner!

People Call Me Crazy

Thatcher is dreading his summer at Camp Lakewood—especially all activities that involve water. But soon, Thatcher finds himself in a terrifying situation that will change the course of his life. This thrilling new story by award-winning author Gary Paulsen is based on this year’s winning line from our First-Line Contest.

Featured Skill: Analyzing conflict

Activity Sheets:

  • What Are the Conflicts?

  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions

  • DIY Vocabulary

  • Quiz

  • Literary Elements and Devices

  • Contest Entry Form

The Lazy Editor


Students correct grammatical errors and revise sloppy writing in a short nonfiction article about the fascinating nature and occurrence of sinkholes.

Key Skills: Conventions of standard English; revision

Activity Sheets:

  • Ambiguous Pronouns

  • Eliminating Extraneous Information

  • Which vs. That

  • Meaningless Words and Phrases

You Write It

A Change Is Growing

Students turn our interview with 19-year-old Denzel Thompson, who started a thriving urban garden in his Philadelphia neighborhood, 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.