Our not-to-be-missed videos will thrill, amaze, inspire, and challenge your students.
Behind the Scenes: “Swarms of Terror"
Author Lauren Tarshis takes your students behind the scenes of her thrilling article about the terrifying locust swarms of the 1800s, "Swarms of Terror." In the video, Tarshis explains how she used primary-source research to craft vivid sensory details about the terrifying locust swarms. Perfect for a lesson on author’s craft!
Beyond the Story: The Underground Railroad
December 2017 / January 2018
Beyond the Story: Into the World of Sylvia Mendez
Author Talk: Tips from Gordon Korman
Famous author Gordon Korman takes your students through the process of writing a short story and provides tips on planning, plot and character development, revision, and more! Watch before students begin working on their entries for our fantastic Write-a-Story contest.
Behind the Scenes: “Our World Turned to Water”
Behind the Scenes: “From War to America”
5 Ways To Be Smart About Online Content
Behind the Scenes: “Betrayed By America”
December 2016 / January 2017
Behind the Scenes: “Disaster in Space”
Lauren Tarshis takes your students behind the scenes of her article, “Disaster in Space.” In the video, Tarshis reveals the fascinating information she learned about the early days of she learned about the early days of space exploration while researching the story.
Author Talk with Lisa Yee: What Makes a Great Short Story?
Famous author Lisa Yee takes your students through the process of writing a short story and provides tips on planning, plot and character development, revision, and more! Watch before students begin working on their entries for our fantastic new Write-a-Story contest.
Behind the Scenes: “From Terror to Hope”
Kristin Lewis takes your students behind the scenes of her article, ”From Terror to Hope.” In the powerful video, Kristin explains how she wrote the article and shares some of her own memories of September 11.
Note: This video is emotionally intense and contains intense images. Please preview it before sharing it with your class, to make sure it is appropriate for your students. Because of the sensitive nature of this video, we have not included it in the student view.
“What’s the Mood?”
Beyond the Story: American Women During World War II, 1939-1945
Behind the Scenes: “Mountain of Fire”
December 2015/January 2016
Behind the Scenes: “Attack at Sea”
The Evil Swirling Darkness
Scope's Sugar Challenge
In this delightful video, we send six Scope readers into a grocery store to be smart about sugar. The video explains how to make healthier meal choices and provides tips for reducing the amount of sugar in our diets. Watch after reading this issue’s paired-text feature.
What Is a Fabulous First Line?
A Scope favorite! How can a first line grab readers’ attention? This video, which showcases some of our favorite first lines, will help you explore what makes a great hook. Don’t forget to enter this year’s First-Line Contest, with the very fantastic Lemony Snicket!
Why Are Your Clothes So Cheap?
Lost in Death Valley
In this show-stopping video, your students will go behind the scenes of this issue’s cover story. They will explore the fascinating sights and sounds of Death Valley, gain insights into how authors use descriptive language to evoke the feeling of a place, and more.
The Girl Who Lived Forever
Kristin Lewis takes your students behind the scenes of her article “The Girl Who Lived Forever.” In the video, Kristin discusses how she wrote the article and introduces some of its challenging concepts, such as World War II, the Holocaust, and anti-Semitism.
In the Time of the Newsies: 1890-1915
Take your students on a journey to New York City at the start of the 20th century. The video provides important background information about what life was like for street kids and what societal changes were beginning to take hold during this transformative time in American history. Watch before reading our play The Newsies.
In the Time of Booker T. Washington
“Is It Ironic?”
The Blood-Red Night
Lauren Tarshis takes your students behind the scenes of her article, “The Blood-Red Night.” Your students will learn how Lauren created a vivid picture of the north Wisconsin woods and the terrifying fire that destroyed it. A great model for students to use in their own work.
Would We Be Killed?
Take your class behind the scenes of Scope to see how we created this paired-texts feature. The video provides historical context and focuses on how the editors decide how to package and present information in a magazine, with particular focus on text features. Great tips for students to use in their own presentation projects!
Into the World of Military Working Dogs
The latest in our “Time Machine” series will transport your students to early 19th-century America just before the outbreak of the War of 1812. Will America prove itself against Britain, the most powerful nation in the world? Makes an excellent companion to The Rocket’s Red Glare in the September 2014 issue.
The Volcano That Changed the World
After the Bombing
Sydney Corcoran, 17, and her mother were both injured in the Boston Marathon bombing of April 2013. This moving video takes your students down their long road to recovery and explores the unbreakable bond that formed between them after the tragedy. Read more about Sydney in our narrative-nonfiction feature “I Survived the Boston Marathon Bombing.”
Note: This video is emotionally intense and contains images of the aftermath of the bombing. Please preview it before sharing it with your class, to make sure it is appropriate for your students. Because of the sensitive nature of this video, we have not included it in the student view.
Into the World of a Paleontologist
In this not-to-be-missed video, we take your students into the fascinating world of a real paleontologist: Dr. Susan Butts of the Peabody Museum at Yale University. Use with our narrative nonfiction feature, “ The Girl Who Discovered the Dinosaurs”, from the April issue
In the Age of Beowulf
We're so excited by our new line of videos, which will put important works of literature into historical context, so your students can connect more deeply with classic stories, myths, and legends that take place in unfamiliar settings. Use “In the Age of Beowulf” with our play, The Corpse-Maker, for a great inference activity.
Saving the Great White Monster
Fighting Invisible Killers
Take your students behind the scenes of the article with the author. It’s a great way to set the tone for reading the story and to make the potentially frightening topic of superbugs less intimidating. The video emphasizes why it’s important to know about superbugs, how we can deal with the problem, and what students can do to stay safe. Use with our January nonfiction feature, “Fighting Invisible Killers.”
The Day the President Was Shot
“I Lived in a Truck”
Florida teen Arielle Metzger and her family were forced to move into a truck when Arielle’s father lost his job. In this video, Arielle gives us a tour of the truck while reflecting on the experience of being homeless. Use with our November 2013 nonfiction feature, “I Was Homeless.”
In this beautiful video, Ariel Creamer, 14, gives your students a tour of her town of Rockaway, New York, after the destruction of Hurricane Sandy. Read more about Ariel’s amazing efforts to help rebuild her community in our October paired-texts feature, “Surviving Hurricane Sandy.”
April 8, 2013
The Boys Who Fought the Nazis
Show students this brief, engaging video to start a lesson on our narrative-nonfiction feature “The Boys Who Fought the Nazis” (April 8, 2013, issue). Author Kristin Lewis explains her research and writing process, provides context for the article, and introduces key vocabulary.
March 11, 2013
Our amazing video is all about the sights, sounds, and moods of the 1920s. It’s packed with facts and vocabulary that will help build a foundation of content-area knowledge. Watch it with your class before reading our nonfiction article, “The Race Against Death” (March 11, 2013, issue).
February 11, 2013
Can a Picture Change the World?
Revamped for use with our narrative nonfiction feature “Hunted for Fun, Left to Die,” (February 11, 2013, issue) this compelling video asks students to consider powerful photos from history. Ask students to think about how Hardy Jones’s work has a similar sort of power.
February 11, 2013
The Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius
Author Lauren Tarshis gives students an inside look at her research, writing, and editing process in the creation of “Day of Disaster: The Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, 79 A.D.” (February 11, 2013, issue). Great for providing context and setting a purpose for reading.
January 14, 2013
A Conversation With Gabby Taylor
Gabby Taylor, the subject of our cover story “Dazzle and Danger” (January 14, 2013, issue), tells her story in her own words.
January 14, 2013
Chris Coyne, 19, was all set to play football for a prestigious university until a devastating and preventable injury ended his college sports career before it started. Have students make connections with Gabby’s story (“Dazzle and Danger,” January 14, 2013, issue) after watching this fascinating video.
October 22, 2012
The Electrifying Age of Frankenstein
Our video will give your students a snapshot of the thrilling (and slightly terrifying) scientific advancements that were happening in Mary Shelley’s day. Show it before performing our Frankenstein play (October 22, 2012, issue). Sure to be a big hit in your classroom!
September 24, 2012
Lauren Tarshis on Out of the Tornado
Explore nonfiction writing with Lauren Tarshis, author of our narrative-nonfiction feature “Out of the Tornado” (September 24, 2012, issue).
September 3, 2012
My Side of the Story
It would be hard to argue that Polyphemus is a great guy. After all, he eats people. But maybe he’s not as bad as everyone thinks. In this video, the Cyclops gets a chance to explain his side of the story. For a great lesson on character and point of view, show the video after students read our play The Monster in the Cave (September 3, 2012, issue).
April 23, 2012
The Ship of Dreams
Our gripping Titanic video explores what the “Ship of Dreams” symbolized at the time it was built. Use it with our nonfiction feature “Into the Dark Water” (April 23, 2012, issue) for a great lesson on symbolism and figurative meaning.
March 12, 2012
Life in the Dust Bowl
Explore the setting of the Dust Bowl with our powerful video slide show, featuring a series of evocative images from the era. Use it with our incredible nonfiction article, “The Dust Bowl: A True Teen Story From History” (March 12, 2012, issue).
February 20, 2012
Voices of Alcatraz
Transport your class to “the Rock” with our video, which features actual quotes from Alcatraz inmates. It’s the perfect companion to our nonfiction article, “Escape From Alcatraz” (February 20, 2012, issue).
January 30, 2012
The Making of a Tsunami
Before delving into the nonfiction article “Surviving the Tsunami” (January 30, 2012, issue), show students our video, which introduces the disaster in Japan and provides an overview of the science behind earthquakes and tsunamis.