February 14, 2011
Skill-based reading and writing activities for each Scope article
SUMMARY: Take your class on an icy adventure with 13-year-old Jordan Romero as he attempts to trek up the tallest—and most treacherous—mountain in the world: Mount Everest. Skill focus: text features
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IDENTIFYING NONFICTION ELEMENTS: READ, THINK, EXPLAIN
CONTEST ENTRY FORM
ADDITIONAL (MULTIMEDIA!) RESOURCES
• Listen to Sir Edmund Hillary talk to Forbes’s Jim Clash about climbing Everest and how expeditions have changed over the years. Includes archival images of Hillary and his team. Length: 5 minutes.
SUMMARY: What is happiness? Matilda thinks she knows: It is the lavish lifestyle that her poor husband can’t provide. This play based on Guy de Maupassant’s classic short story will cultivate meaningful class discussion. Skill focus: analyzing the moral of a story
Students keep track of Matilda’s character traits as they read.
SUMMARY: Which one of these legendary monsters turns out to be real? Your students will be surprised! An excellent compare and contrast activity.
GUIDED COMPARE & CONTRAST ESSAY
SUMMARY: Students read our article about elite youth sports teams, then write an opinion essay using our guide. A teacher favorite!
GUIDED OPINION ESSAY
SUMMARY: We didn’t feel like editing this short article about selling Oreo cookies in China. Will your students help us out? Skill focus: revision and editing
SUMMARY: Can your students find the figurative language in our silly story about Betty Lou, the fastest runner in town? When a sneaky snake costs her first place in the annual race, she knows she’s been sabotaged.
LITERARY ELEMENTS WORKSHEET
This silly passage is chock-full of mistakes in desperate need of correcting. Includes errors of punctuation, compound words, spelling, homophones, and capitalization.
SUMMARY: A fun take on the SCOPE 100! Students read a tricky text message from “Cupid,” then explain what it means and write a response. A contest follows.
A complete vocabulary kit! Includes a word journal graphic organizer; a list of this issue’s words to print or project; a sentence-completion activity; and an activity reviewing all words learned so far this year. Read more about the SCOPE 100 here.
CONTEST ENTRY FORM
Enter students in our text-message writing contest using this handy form.
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NCTE & IRA STANDARDS
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