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Narrative Nonfiction

Call of Duty

The inspiring story of Marine Corporal Jose Armenta explores the powerful bond between working dogs and the handlers who care
for them.

Featured Skill: Forming an argument

Video: Beyond the Story: Into the World of Military Working Dogs

Audio: Hear the article read aloud

Activity Sheets:

  • Write to Congress

  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions

  • Video Discussion Questions

  • Vocabulary: Definitions and Practice

  • Quiz (two levels)

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

  • Core Skill: Text Evidence

  • Core Skill: Text Features

  • Contest Entry Form

Paired Texts

Is It Time for Cursive to Die?

An informational essay about the decline of cursive writing and a poignant personal essay about a beloved sister’s letters become a meaningful synthesizing activity.

Featured Skill: Synthesizing

Activity Sheets:

  • Synthesizing

  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions

  • Vocabulary: Definitions and Practice

  • Quiz (two levels)

  • Core Skill: Tone

  • Core Skill: Central Ideas and Details

  • Contest Entry Form

Debate/Essay Kit

Do Sports Fans Go Too Far?

Shouting maniacally at the television. Weeping in the stands. Smashing windows. Are we taking our love for our favorite teams just a bit too seriously? Students read arguments on both sides of the debate and take a stand.

Featured Skill: Supporting an argument; identifying central ideas and details

Activity Sheets:

  • Guided Writing: The Argument Essay

  • Vocabulary: Definitions and Practice

  • Core Skill: Text Structures


Grammar Has Bad Luck

Students practice the correct use of there and their while reading about three commonly held superstitions.

Key Skill: Commonly confused words

Activity Sheet:

  • There vs. Their


The Giver

The new movie of Lois Lowry’s beloved novel becomes an exciting Scope play about a futuristic society without pain or pleasure. We’ve paired the play with an essay about memory-erasing drugs and the ethics of using them.

Featured Skill: Theme

Activity Sheets:

  • Thinking About Theme

  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions

  • Vocabulary: Definitions and Practice

  • Quiz (two levels)

  • Literary Elements

  • Core Skill: Mood

  • Core Skill: Summarizing

  • Core Skill: Inference

  • Contest Entry Form

The Lazy Editor

The Greatest Invention Ever?

Students correct grammatical errors and revise sloppy writing in a short informational text about the awesome history of toilet paper.
Three levels available!

Key Skills: Conventions of standard English; revision

Activity Sheets:

  • Parentheses

  • Commas

  • Careful Word Choice

  • Capitalization

  • Misplaced Modifiers

You Write It

Packing for Mars

Students use our eye-catching infographic to write a website blurb convincing people to take a trip to Mars.

Key Skills: Summarizing; central ideas and details

Activity Sheets:

  • Guide to “You Write It” Activity

  • Model Text for “You Write It” Activity

  • Contest Entry Form


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