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Narrative Nonfiction

The Blood-Red Night

Students will follow one frontier family as they fight to survive the deadliest wildfire in American history: the Great Peshtigo Fire of 1871. This riveting story is packed with sensory details and fascinating information on frontier life and the timber industry.

Featured Skill: Author’s craft

Video: Behind the Scenes

Audio: Hear the article read aloud

Activity Sheets:

  • Author’s Craft: How Does She Do That?

  • Video Discussion Questions

  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions

  • Themed Vocabulary

  • Quiz (two levels)

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

  • Core Skill: Summarizing (two levels)

  • Core Skill: Central Ideas and Details

  • Core Skill: Text Structure

  • Contest Entry Form

Paired Texts

The Amazing Penguin Rescue

Two stories about oil spills that threatened penguins reveal how seemingly overwhelming problems can be solved. The first text is a work of narrative nonfiction told from an unusual point of view.
The second is a newspaper-style article.

Featured Skill: Synthesizing

Activity Sheets:

  • Prepare to Write

  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions

  • Vocabulary: Definitions and Practice

  • Quiz (two levels)

  • Core Skill: Tone

  • Core Skill: Text Evidence

  • Core Skill: Text Features

  • Contest Entry Form

Debate/Essay Kit

Should Parents Help With Homework?

Homework can be stressful. But is getting help from Mom and Dad the right answer? Students read arguments on both sides of the debate and take a stand.

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

Activity Sheets:

  • Guided Writing: The Argument Essay


Grammar Explains Weird Stuff Pets Do

Students practice passed and past while reading about the bizarre habits of pets.

Key Skill: Commonly confused words

Activity Sheet:

  • Passed vs. Past


The Trojan War

Break out your helmets! Your class will have a blast performing our play about the final days of the Trojan War. Plus: An essay on what it was like to be a 12-year-old boy in ancient Greece helps students understand the role that the Iliad played in city-state life.

Featured Skill: Making inferences

Audio: Pronunciation guide for characters’ names

Activity Sheets:

  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions

  • Vocabulary: Definitions and Practice

  • Quiz (two levels)

  • Literary Elements

  • Core Skill: Making Inferences

  • Core Skill: Mood

  • Contest Entry Form

The Lazy Editor

Minecraft Mania

Students correct grammatical errors and revise sloppy writing in a short nonfiction article about the world’s favorite game.
Three levels available!

Key Skills: Conventions of standard English; revision

Activity Sheets:

  • Punctuating Quotations

  • Sentence Variation

  • Dangling Modifiers

  • Possessives

  • Punctuating Nonessential Elements

You Write It


Students use our eye-catching infographic about dental hygiene through the ages to write an essay.

Key Skills: Summarizing; central ideas and details; interpreting visual text

Activity Sheets:

  • Guide to “You Write It” Activity

  • Model Text for “You Write It” Activity

  • Contest Entry Form


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