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Welcome to your October 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

Dying to Be Strong

The tragic story of Taylor Hooton, a talented 17-year-old baseball player, sheds light on how the pressure to bulk up is contributing to steroid use among young people.

Featured Skill: Cause and effect

Audio: Hear the article read aloud

Activity Sheets:

  • Exploring Causes and Effects (two levels)

  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Question

  • Themed Vocabulary: Words Related to Steroids

  • Quiz

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

  • Contest Entry Form

Paired Texts

Surviving Hurricane Sandy and After the Disaster

After Hurricane Sandy devastated her town, 14-year-old Ariel Creamer worked to bring hope to her community. Ariel’s story is paired with an essay about how best to rebuild after natural disasters.

Featured Skill: Integrating key ideas and details

Video: Rebuilding Hope

Activity Sheets:

  • Integrating Key Ideas and Details

  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions

  • Video Discussion Questions

  • Vocabulary: Definitions and Practice

  • Quiz

  • Contest Entry Form

Debate/Essay Kit

Is the Bulldog Doomed?

Centuries of irresponsible breeding have left the bulldog with a host of health problems. Should we change the way we breed them?

Key Skills: Supporting an argument; identifying central ideas and supporting details

Activity Sheets:

  • Guided Writing: The Argument Essay

  • Vocabulary: Definitions and Practice

Writing Contest

Fabulous First-Line Contest

We are thrilled to announce this year’s First-Line Contest, in which your students help famous author Gary Paulsen get started on a new story for Scope.

Key Skills: Understanding author’s purpose; writing hooks



The Dead Rising

In this thrilling historical-fiction play based on real events, three teenagers meet a mysterious girl who tells them a story about a vampire panic that seized their
New England town more than 100 years ago.

Featured Skill: Synthesis

Audio: Hear the newspaper article read aloud

Activity Sheets:

  • Document Dive: Analyzing a Challenging Historical Document

  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions

  • Vocabulary: Definitions and Practice

  • Quiz

  • Literary Elements and Devices

  • Contest Entry Form

The Lazy Editor

Would You Let This Shark
Bite You?

Students correct grammatical errors and revise sloppy writing in a short nonfiction article about Jeremiah Sullivan, who makes and sells shark-proof suits.

Key Skills: Conventions of standard English; revision

Activity Sheets:

  • Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement

  • Using Commas with Nonessential Clauses

  • Quoting and Paraphrasing

  • Irrelevant Information


Grammar Cheers the Mascots

Students practice using affect and effect while learning about three awesome mascots from the world of professional sports.

Key Skill: Conventions of standard English

Activity Sheet:

  • Affect vs. Effect


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Teacher’s Guide

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Crossword Puzzle

A fun way to test comprehension of the entire issue.