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Narrative Nonfiction

Unbroken: A Year in the Life of a Girl With Cancer

The incredible story of Lauren Bendesky, who at 15 was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma, explores themes of courage and resilience while demystifying cancer for your students.

Featured Skill: Central ideas and details

Audio: Hear the article read aloud

Activity Sheets:

  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions

  • Themed Vocabulary: Medical Words

  • Quiz (two levels)

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

  • Core Skill: Central Ideas and Details

  • Core Skill: Summarizing

  • Contest Entry Form

Paired Texts

The Volcano That Changed the World

A thrilling article and infographic about the little-known eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815, along with our behind-the-scenes video, provide a great way to explore author’s craft.

Featured Skill: Cause/effect, author’s craft

Video: “Behind the Scenes” With the Author

Activity Sheets:

  • Cause/Effect

  • Video Discussion Questions

  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions

  • Primary document

  • Vocabulary: Definitions and Practice

  • Quiz (two levels)

  • Core Skill: Text Evidence

  • Core Skill: Text Features

  • Core Skill: Text Structures

  • Blank world map

  • Contest Entry Form

  • Bonus! Frankenstein play and video

Debate/Essay Kit

Your Favorite Drinks Can Wreck Your Body

Studies show that sugary drinks are seriously harming our health. Is it time to put warning labels on them? Two writers face off on the debate, and your students choose who wins.

Featured Skill: Analyzing arguments

Activity Sheets:

  • Scavenger Hunt

  • Synthesis Questions

  • Vocabulary: Definitions and Practice

  • Guided Writing: The Argument Essay

  • Quiz (two levels)

  • Core Skill: Tone

  • Evaluating Arguments: A Checklist and Glossary of Terms


Grammar’s Animal Look-Alikes

Students practice the correct use of good and well while comparing the uncanny similarities between a few of their favorite celebrities and three adorable animals.

Key Skill: Commonly confused words

Activity Sheet:

  • Good vs. Well


The Rocket’s Red Glare

This exciting historical drama reveals the remarkable events that led to the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” We’ve paired the play with a thoughtful essay about the tradition of singing our national anthem at sporting events.

Featured Skill: Synthesizing

Video: Time Machine: 1810-1820

Activity Sheets:

  • Poetry Dive

  • Organize Your Thoughts

  • Essay Kit

  • Video Discussion Questions

  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions

  • Vocabulary: Definitions and Practice

  • Quiz (two levels)

  • Literary Elements

  • Core Skill: Mood

  • Contest Entry Form


Dear Future

In this touching coming-of-age story, a surprising find at a used-book sale helps a boy navigate a tough period in his life. We’ve paired it with a poem about the end of childhood by Billy Collins.

Featured Skill: Character

Audio: Dramatic reading of “On Turning 10”

Activity Sheets:

  • Analyzing Character

  • Poetry Text-Marking Activity

  • Critical-Thinking Questions

  • Quiz (two levels)

  • DIY Vocabulary

  • Literary Elements

  • Core Skill: Inference

  • Contest Entry Form

The Lazy Editor

This Leech Wants To Suck Your Blood

Students correct grammatical errors and revise sloppy writing in a short nonfiction article about the medical use of leeches. Three levels now available!

Key Skills: Conventions of standard English; revision

Activity Sheets:

  • Subject-Verb Agreement

  • Unnecessary Information

  • Sentence Variation

  • Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement

  • Which and That

Writing Contest

Fabulous First-Line Contest

We are thrilled to announce this year’s First-Line Contest with the fantastic Lemony Snicket!

Key Skills: Author’s craft; writing hooks

Video: What Is a Fabulous First Line?


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