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Narrative Nonfiction

The Beast of Loch Ness

For centuries, people have reported sightings of a terrifying creature in Scotland's famous lake. Could the monster be more than a myth? This exciting article will have your students exploring big ideas about science and mythology, exploration and imagination.

Featured Skill: Drawing conclusions

Audio: Hear the article read aloud

Activity Sheets:

  • Drawing Conclusions

  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions

  • Themed Vocabulary

  • Quiz (two levels)

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

  • Core Skill: Central Ideas and Details

  • Core Skill: Text Structure

  • Contest Entry Form

Paired Texts

Would We Be Killed?

A fascinating work of historical nonfiction and a personal essay explore the experiences of two Native Americans who straddle two worlds.

Featured Skill: Synthesizing

Video: Behind the Scenes

Activity Sheets:

  • Synthesizing

  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions

  • Video Discussion Questions

  • Vocabulary: Definitions and Practice

  • Quiz (two levels)

  • Core Skill: Text Evidence

  • Core Skill: Text Features

  • Contest Entry Form

Debate/Essay Kit

Is Miley Cyrus Out of Control?

Many are questioning pop star Miley Cyrus’s outrageous antics. But is Miley really out of control? Two writers face off on the debate. Your students decide who wins.

Key Skills: Evaluating arguments; identifying central ideas and details

Activity Sheets:

  • Scavenger Hunt

  • Guided Writing: The Argument Essay

  • Vocabulary: Definitions and Practice

  • Core Skill: Tone

Grammar

Grammar Makes Movies

Students practice affect and effect while reading about the not-so-glamorous side of action movie stardom.

Key Skill: Commonly confused words

Activity Sheet:

  • Affect vs. Effect

Drama

The Prince and the Pauper

Our delightful adaptation of Mark Twain’s story of a prince and a poor boy who accidentally switch roles is funny and charming while offering some serious social commentary. We’ve paired the play with an informational text on how to be empathetic.

Featured Skill: Integrating knowledge and ideas

Activity Sheets:

  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions

  • Vocabulary: Definitions and Practice

  • Quiz (two levels)

  • Literary Elements

  • Core Skill: Inference

  • Contest Entry Form

Fiction

The Quinceañera Text

In this touching story, a teen discovers the value of what can’t be bought after receiving an unexpected but meaningful gift at her Quinceañera.

Featured Skill: Dynamic character

Activity Sheets:

  • Dynamic Character

  • Critical-Thinking Questions

  • Quiz (two levels)

  • DIY Vocabulary

  • Literary Elements

  • Core Skill: Mood

  • Core Skill: Summarizing

  • Contest Entry Form

The Lazy Editor

Even Your Phone Will Freeze to Death Here

Students correct grammatical errors and revise sloppy writing in a short nonfiction article about the coldest town on Earth.
Three levels available!

Key Skills: Conventions of standard English; revision

Activity Sheets:

  • Avoiding Sentence Fragments

  • Maintaining Consistent Verb Tense

  • Ambiguous Pronouns

  • Redundant Words and Phrases

  • Shifting Person

You Write It

How I Saved My Grandfather

Students turn our interview with 16-year-old Kenneth Shinozuka, who invented a system that helps Alzheimer’s patients, into an article.

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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