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Narrative Nonfiction

“I Wanted My Life Back”

In this gripping article, a 13-year-old is gravely injured in a snowboarding accident—and fights through a difficult recovery.


Skills: applying ideas, mood, author’s craft, character traits, figurative language, key ideas, text features, analyzing the development of an idea, text structure

Audio: Hear the article and vocabulary read aloud

 

 

 

Drama

The Doomed Quest

In this exciting play based on the ancient myth of Gilgamesh, a king sets out to become immortal. We’ve paired the play with a fascinating informational text that explores the science behind living forever.

Skills: supporting analysis, character, inference, interpreting text, text structure, tone, author’s craft, supporting evidence

Audio: Here the informational text read aloud
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Paired Texts

“Are These Stories Real? (Nope.)” and “The Story That Got Away”

This meaningful paired texts package explores why fake news is a problem and what can be done to stop it. An informational text about fake news from the 15th century until today is paired with a Jewish folktale about a boy who learns a lesson about rumors.

Skills: synthesis, author’s craft, key ideas, text features, inference, theme, key details

Audio: Hear the article, folktale, and vocabulary words read aloud

 

 

The Short Read

You Won’t Belive What This Rat Can Do!

This bite-sized nonfiction text explores how and why giant rats are being trained to sniff out landmines.

 

Skills: supporting a claim, central ideas and details, text evidence

Audio: Hear the article and vocabulary read aloud

 

 

 

 

Debate/Essay Kit

Should Gum Be Allowed in School?

Should students be allowed to chew gum in school? A student and a principal face off in the debate. Who makes the better argument? Your students decide.

Skills: evaluating arguments, supporting an argument, central ideas and details

 

 
 

Lazy Editor

What Really Happened to Amelia Earhart?

Students correct grammatical errors and revise sloppy writing in a short nonfiction article about the mysterious disappearance of Amelia Earhart.

 
 

You Write It

Night of the Bats

Students hone their descriptive writing skills while reading about bats.

 
 

Grammar

Grammar Names a Brand

Students practice using imply and infer while learning about how brands got their names.

 

 

 

 

 

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