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In this gripping article, a 13-year-old is gravely injured in a snowboarding accident—and fights through a difficult recovery.

Featured Skill: 

applying ideas

Audio: 
Hear the article and vocabulary words read aloud.
Activity Sheet: 
  • Applying Ideas: What Makes a Hero?
  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions
  • Read, Think, Explain: Nonfiction Elements 
    (two levels)
  • Vocabulary: Definitions and Practice
  • Quiz (two levels)
  • Core Skill: Summarizing (two levels)
  • Core Skill: Text Evidence (two levels)
  • Contest Entry Form

In this exciting play based on the famous ancient myth of Gilgamesh, a king sets out to become immortal.
Vocabulary Slideshow

Featured Skill: 

supporting analysis

Audio: 
Hear the informational text and character names read aloud.
Activity Sheet: 
  • Supporting Analysis: Should Humans Live Forever?
  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions
  • Literary Elements (two levels)
  • Pronunciation Guide
  • Quiz (two levels)
  • Core Skill: Inference (two levels)
  • Core Skill: Mood (two levels)
  • Contest Entry Form

An informational text about fake news from the 15th century until today is paired with a Jewish folktale about a boy who learns a lesson about spreading false stories.

Featured Skill: 

synthesis

Audio: 
Hear the articles and vocabulary words read aloud.
Video: 
5 Ways to Be Smart About Online Content
Activity Sheet: 
  • Synthesis
  • Video Discussion Questions
  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions
  • Vocabulary: Definitions and Practice
  • Quiz (two levels)
  • Fact-Checking Activity
  • News Words Glossary
  • Core Skill: Central Ideas and Details (two levels)
  • Core Skill: Text Features
  • Core Skill: Text Structures
  • Contest Entry Form

Should students be allowed to chew gum in school? Two writers face off in the debate. Who makes the better argument? Your students decide.

Featured Skill: 

evaluating arguments, 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 how and why giant rats are being trained to sniff out landmines.

Featured Skill: 

supporting a claim

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

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

Activity Sheet: 
  • Capitalization
  • Redundancy
  • Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Sentence Fragments

Students practice using imply and infer while learning about the origin of popular brands’ names.

Featured Skill: 

conventions of standard English

Activity Sheet: 
  • Imply vs. Infer

Students hone their descriptive writing skills while reading about bats.

Featured Skill: 

descriptive writing, revision

Activity Sheet: 
  • Model Text
  • Contest Entry Form