March 7, 2011
Skill-based reading and writing activities for each Scope article
SUMMARY: Take your class on an amazing journey across America with young Robert Symmonds—one of 250,000 “boxcar children” who left home and hopped trains during the Great Depression. For most kids in the 1930s, life on the road was one of hardship and hunger. Skill focus: cause & effect
DIGITAL LESSON PLAN
Bring the story to life with this captivating multimedia lesson plan. An online exclusive!
THROUGH YOUR EYES: TRUE TEEN STORIES FROM HISTORY
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IDENTIFYING NONFICTION ELEMENTS: READ, THINK, EXPLAIN
CAUSE & EFFECT CHART
ADDITIONAL (MULTIMEDIA!) RESOURCES
• A recording of Woody Guthrie’s “Ramblin’ Round,” about life on the road during the Great Depression. (Get the lyrics here.)
• Riding the Rails from PBS’s American Experience, includes the full 75-minute documentary, a map of railroad lines from the 1930s, a timeline of the Great Depression, and original interviews.
Recommended excerpt: 10:10–12:44: A brief summary, with a clip from the 1933 film Wild Boys of the Road, and a brief interview with Robert Symmonds talking about his first train ride. We advise that you preview before showing to students to make sure it’s appropriate for your classroom.
SUMMARY: Your students will love the way the classic fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast” is reimagined as a teen drama set in modern-day New York City. Skill focus: dynamic character
ANALYZING DYNAMIC CHARACTER
Students keep track of evidence that demonstrates how the character Kyle changes over the course of the play.
SUMMARY: Your students decide, then write an opinion essay using our guide. A teacher favorite!
GUIDED OPINION ESSAY
READING-COMP CROSSWORD PUZZLE
SUMMARY: Turn your students into grammar gods and goddesses with our delightful editing activity.
This silly planner is chock-full of mistakes in desperate need of correcting. Includes errors of punctuation, spelling, homophones, and capitalization.
SUMMARY: A fun take on the SCOPE 100! Students read a tricky text message from a dentist, then explain what it means and write a response. A contest follows.
A complete vocabulary kit! Includes a list of this issue’s words to print or project; a word-journal graphic organizer; a sentence-completion activity; and a review activity on all words learned up to this issue. Read more about the SCOPE 100 here.
CONTEST ENTRY FORM
Enter students in our text-message writing contest using this handy form.
Looking for answers? Visit our top-secret Web site for answers to all online reproducibles and quizzes. The URL is listed on page T-2 of your printed Teacher’s Edition.
NCTE & IRA STANDARDS
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