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Play: Students will love performing our action-packed play based on the famous Arthurian legend.
Skills: narrative writing, text structure, character, interpreting text, key ideas
Fiction In a Flash: After reading a heartfelt story, students complete an activity focused on making inferences, then write their own stories.
Skills: inference, narrative writing
Narrative Nonfiction: On August 13, 1967, two women were attacked and killed by grizzly bears in Glacier National Park. This fascinating article explains how that tragic night changed America’s national parks—and ideas about grizzlies—forever.
Skills: key ideas, author's craft, cause and effect, tone, text structure
Paired Texts: A fascinating nonfiction article explores the science of fear and phobias. The article is paired with an Ethiopian folktale about a boy who sets out on a journey to conquer his fears.
Skills: synthesis, key ideas and details, plot, character, integrating ideas, interpreting text, symbolism, theme
Short Read: This bite-sized nonfiction article explores the fascinating science and history of food flavoring.
Skills: text structure, central ideas and details, text evidence
Debate/Essay Kit: Some scientists say that future technology could make it possible to implant our phones in our brains. But is that a good idea? Students read arguments on both sides of the debate, and then write an essay expressing their opinion.
Skills: supporting a claim, central ideas and details
You Be the Editor: Students hone their writing and revision skills while learning how goats are helping to prevent wildfires in California.
Skills: descriptive writing, revision
Poem: After reading a poem by Jennifer Dignan, students write their own advice poems.
Skills: analyzing poetry, symbolism
Grammar: Students practice using to, too, and two while learning about five things invented by young people.
Skill: conventions of standard English