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An overview of the current issue, including featured skills, activity sheets, videos, and more for every article and story. Explore each individual article below to get its resources.

The incredible true story of a 15-year-old boy who fought in the American Revolution.

Featured Skill: 

key details, inference

Audio: 
Hear the article and vocabulary words read aloud.
Activity Sheet: 
  • Prepare to Write: Joseph's Letter
  • Vocabulary
  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions
  • Quiz (two levels)
  • Read, Think, Explain: Nonfiction Elements 
    (two levels)
  • Core Skill: Central Ideas and Details (two levels)
  • Core Skill: Summarizing (two levels)
  • Core Skill: Text Features
  • Contest Entry Form

Your students will be riveted by this dramatic tale based on the classic novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. A short informational text about the science behind today’s deep-sea exploration follows the play.

Vocabulary Slideshow

Featured Skill: 

synthesis

Audio: 
Hear the informational text and vocabulary words read aloud.
Activity Sheet: 
  • Synthesis: The Deep Ocean
  • Vocabulary
  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions
  • Quiz (two levels)
  • Literary Elements: Theme Anticipation Guide, Character Thinking Tool, Genre Exploration
    Core Skill: Mood (two levels)
  • Core Skill: Inference
  • Contest Entry Form

Two texts explore farming life past and present. The first details the locust swarms that devastated the American prairie in the late 1800s. The second is a personal essay about life on a modern-day farm.

Featured Skill: 

integrating knowledge

Audio: 
Hear the articles and vocabulary words read aloud.
Video: 
Behind the Scenes: “Swarms of Terror"
Activity Sheet: 
  • Integrating Knowledge
  • Video Discussion Questions
  • Vocabulary
  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions
  • Core Skill: Text Evidence (two levels)
  • Core Skill: Text Structures
  • Quiz (two levels)
  • Contest Entry Form

Eddie wants to buy an expensive pair of Adidas sneakers. His mom thinks it’s a bad idea. Your students decide who makes the best argument.

Featured Skill: 

supporting an argument; central ideas and details

Audio: 
Hear the vocabulary words read aloud.
Activity Sheet: 
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Guided Writing: The Argument Essay
  • Argument-Essay Checklist
  • Great Transitions Handout
  • Vocabulary
  • Core Skill: Tone (two levels)

This bite-sized nonfiction text explores current and future artificial intelligence and robotics technology.

Featured Skill: 

supporting a claim

Audio: 
Hear the article and vocabulary words read aloud.
Activity Sheet: 
  • The Short Write Kit: Constructing a Response
  • Vocabulary: Definitions and Practice
  • Quiz (two levels)

Students analyze mentor sentences and then edit two paragraphs of a short nonfiction article about the world’s spiciest chili peppers.

Activity Sheet: 
  • Pronouns

Students use our infographic about two international dishes to write an essay arguing which one they would serve in a restaurant.

Featured Skill: 

summarizing; analyzing a visual text; central ideas and details

Activity Sheet: 
  • Guided Writing: Supporting a Claim
  • Model Text for “You Write It” Activity
  • Contest Entry Form

Students practice using affect and effect while learning about why we yawn.

Featured Skill: 

conventions of standard English

Activity Sheet: 
  • Affect vs. Effect