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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.

This gripping article, written entirely in second person, draws students into the world of the American wolf.

Featured Skill: 

point of view

Audio: 
Hear the article and vocabulary words read aloud.
Activity Sheet: 
  • Vocabulary
  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions
  • Point of View: You Are the Wolf
  • 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
  • Core Skill: Text Structure
  • Core Skill: Tone
  • Contest Entry Form

Your students will love this heartwarming play about a young girl’s experience of the 1969 moon landing. A letter about the moon landing from a soldier in Vietnam follows the play.

Featured Skill: 

theme

Audio: 
Hear the vocabulary words read aloud.
Video: 
Time Machine: The 1960s
Activity Sheet: 
  • Vocabulary
  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions
  • Theme: A Walk on the Moon
  • Video Discussion Questions
  • Quiz (two levels)
  • Core Skill: Mood (two levels)
  • Core Skill: Inference
  • Literary Elements: Theme Anticipation Guide, Character Thinking Tool
  • Contest Entry Form

Two texts explore the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
Vocabulary Slideshow

Featured Skill: 

synthesis

Audio: 
Hear the articles read aloud.
Activity Sheet: 
  • Vocabulary
  • Synthesis
  • Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions
  • Core Skill: Text Evidence (two levels)
  • Quiz (two levels)
  • Contest Entry Form

Two friends face off in the debate over school uniforms. 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
  • Quiz (two levels)
  • Great Transitions Handout
  • Vocabulary

This bite-sized nonfiction text explores a trend that has kids around the country saying no to birthday presents and asking friends to donate to charities instead.

Featured Skill: 

supporting a claim

Audio: 
Hear the article and vocabulary 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 Little League’s first girl player, Kathryn “Tubby” Johnston.

Activity Sheet: 
  • Sentence Variation

Students read a beautiful poem by Rebecca Kai Dotlich inspired by this issue’s play, then use it as a model to write their own poem about any Scope story from the 2017-2018 school year.

Featured Skill: 

poetry writing

Audio: 
Hear the poem read aloud
Activity Sheet: 
  • Poetry Analysis
  • Guided Writing: Poetry
  • Contest Entry Form

Students practice using less and fewer while learning about a wall covered with chewed gum in Seattle, Washington.

Featured Skill: 

conventions of standard English

Activity Sheet: 
  • Less vs. Fewer