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Let’s Connect!

Dear Scope teachers,

The short story I wrote for this issue, “The Stars Between Us,” is directly inspired by you and your students. The pandemic has isolated us from each other so profoundly—and yet, we’ve all found creative ways to connect. Maybe that’s a weekly Zoom with our loved ones or handwritten notes of encouragement sent through the mail. Or, as in my story, it’s as simple as noticing when a friend is struggling and doing something to put a smile on their face. And of course, we can all find connections in stories, in the characters who give us hope and strength and joy.

Speaking of connections, Team Scope  wants to connect with YOU. I encourage you to join our Scope Facebook group if you haven’t already. We’d also love to virtually drop by your classroom. Reach out to me at, and we’ll make it happen.

In the meantime, I dedicate my story to you and your students.


Kristin Lewis

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Ready to get started? Here are our favorite teaching packages from this issue:

Nonfiction: Searching for the Titanic

How Robert Ballard discovered the most famous shipwreck in history 

Featured skill:  key ideas and details

Play: The Legend of Robin Hood

The famous outlaw hero comes to life in an adventure-filled play

Featured skill: key ideas and details

Paired Texts: Why Are We Soooooo Tired?

A nonfiction article and an infographic explore the importance of sleep—and how to get more of it.

Featured skill: synthesis

Fiction: The Stars Between Us

Has Alma's best friend forgotten her? 

Featured skill: character