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Your October Issue

 

Narrative Nonfiction

Our World Turned to Water

This powerful nonfiction article shares with your students one community’s experience during the Louisiana Flood of 2016. We’ve paired the story with a beautiful original poem about the power of community after a tragedy.


Skills: synthesis, text structure, author’s purpose, mood, word choice, key ideas and details

Video: Behind the Scenes with the Author

Audio: Hear the article, poem, and vocabulary read aloud

 

 

 

Drama

The Monkey’s Paw

Students will love this delightfully creepy play based on the classic horror story by W.W. Jacobs. We’ve paired the play with an informational text about how to make wishes come true. 

Skills: theme, author's craft, mood, character, inference, text structure

Video:  “What’s the Mood?”

Audio: Hear the informational text and vocabulary read aloud

 

 
 

Paired Texts

The History of Teeth

A nonfiction article about the gory, horrific, and completely fascinating history of teeth is paired with a timeline and a short editorial on the problem of “dental deserts” in America.

Skills: synthesis, figurative language, text structure,  key ideas and details, text features, tone, author’s craft

Audio: Hear the articles and vocabulary read aloud

 

 

 

 

Debate/Essay Kit

Should Fidget Spinners Be Allowed at School?

Should students be allowed to use fidget spinners in school? A student and a principal face off in the debate. Your students decide who makes the most convincing argument. 

 

Skills: evaluating an argument, supporting an argument, central ideas and details

Audio: Hear the vocabulary read aloud

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Short Read

Can the Desert Tortoise Be Saved?

This bite-sized nonfiction text explores how scientists are using technology to save the planet’s most vulnerable creatures.

 

Skills: supporting a claim, central ideas and details, text evidence

Audio: Hear the article read aloud

Vocabulary Slideshow

 

 
 

Lazy Editor

Donut Goes to China

Students edit a short nonfiction article about how Dunkin’ Donuts changed its menu for its stores in China.

 
 

You Write It

Your Life Story

Students use our timeline, which includes key historical events of the past 13 years, to create their own “life story” timeline in the form of an infographic, slideshow, or video.

 
 

Grammar

Grammar’s Ghost Ship

Students practice using number and amount while learning about the haunted ship the Queen Mary.

 

 

 

 

Your November Issue

 

 

Narrative Nonfiction

The Halifax Disaster of 1917

In this fascinating and thrilling story, students learn about one of the worst disasters in history: the collision of two ships in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1917. One of the ships was carrying munitions for World War I, and when it exploded, much of Halifax was set aflame.

 

Video: Behind the Scenes with the Author

Audio: Hear the article and vocabulary read aloud

 

 

 

 
 

Drama

Rip Van Winkle

Students will love this delightful play based on the classic short story by Washington Irving.

Audio: Hear the vocabulary read aloud

 

 

 
 
 

Paired Texts

The Wild Life of Christian the Lion

Students explore our relationship with wild animals after reading the moving story of a lion that was raised in captivity in London in the 1970s.
 

Audio: Hear the articles and vocabulary read aloud

 

 
 
 

Fiction

The Ice Planet

In this riveting work of science fiction, students will be transported to the future. A mission to visit a series of exoplanets looking for alien life has been deemed a failure. Then, Sumo, a 15-year-old-boy whose parents are part of the mission, sees an alien. Will anyone believe him? An informational text about the real science behind the search for alien life—and what would happen if we actually find it—completes this fascinating package.

Audio: Hear the story read aloud

 

 

 

 

        Debate/Essay Kit

Should We Bring Back Recess?

Frequent breaks are important for learning, but in jam-packed middle-school days, recess is taking a back seat. Should we make more time for it? Students read arguments on both sides of the debate and take a stand.

 

Skills: evaluating an argument, supporting an argument, central ideas and details

Audio: Hear the vocabulary read aloud

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Short Read

The Science of Superpowers

Superhero stories may seem like the stuff of Hollywood but the creators of these stories have their feet firmly planted in science. And some of the superhuman abilities and technologies may exist in your lifetime.

 

Skills: supporting a claim, central ideas and details, text evidence

Audio: Hear the article read aloud

 

 

 
 

Lazy Editor

Is Bird Poop Ruining the World?

Students edit a short nonfiction article about how bird poop contributes to the destruction of America's infrastructure.

 
 

You Write It

Write a Story Contest

Our annual contest is back! Students choose a first line by a famous author (to be announced) and use it to write their own work of fiction. Stay tuned for more details!

 
 

Grammar

Grammar Has a Treat

Students practice using who's and whose while learning about how some of their favorite foods were invented by accident.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your December/January Issue

 

 

Narrative Nonfiction

The Shark Attacks of 1916

In July 1916, a series of gruesome shark attacks occurred along the coast of New Jersey. This gripping nonfiction article tells the horrifying story of the attacks and explains how the panic and fear they incited would change the way we looked at sharks forever.

 

Audio: Hear the article and vocabulary read aloud

 

 

 

 
 
 

Drama

Jackie Robinson

In this moving play, students learn how American hero Jackie Robinson changed the game of baseball—and our country—forever.
 

Video:  Time Machine

Audio: Hear the vocabulary read aloud

 

 
 

Paired Texts

My Parent Went to War

In this paired text package, students explore the lives of two military families—one from the past and one from today. 
 

Audio: Hear the articles and vocabulary read aloud

 

 

 

        Debate/Scavenger Hunt

You Just Found $100. Should You Keep It?

What should you do with money that you find on the street? Two writers face off in the debate. Your students decide who makes the most convincing argument. 

 

Skills: evaluating an argument, supporting an argument, central ideas and details

Audio: Hear the vocabulary read aloud

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Short Read

The World of Ice Road Truckers

This bite-sized nonfiction text explores the fascinating infrastructure behind how goods are delivered to the world’s most remote and dangerous places.

 

Skills: supporting a claim, central ideas and details, text evidence

Audio: Hear the article read aloud

 

 

 
 

Lazy Editor

Big News for Bison

Students edit a short nonfiction article about how the bison became the national mammal of the U.S.

 
 

You Write It

“Where’s My Story?”

Students use our interview with 8th grader Marley Dias, who lobbied for school libraries to include books with more diverse characters, into their own article.

 
 

Grammar

Grammar Rains Fish

Students practice using affect and effect while learning about the fascinating science of this strange weather phenomenon.