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March 21, 2011

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Skill-based reading and writing activities for each Scope article

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NARRATIVE NONFICTION: Out of the Rubble
READERS THEATER PLAY:
When Girls Ruled Baseball

THEN & NOW: A Shot at Stardom
THE LAZY EDITOR: Bug Bites
DEBATE/ESSAY KIT: Should We Erase Our Bad Memories?
GRAMMAR MISTAKES of the Rich and Famous

TEXT-MESSAGE VOCAB
ANSWER KEY
HELPFUL LINKS & DOWNLOADS


Out of the Rubble

SUMMARY: Your students will be deeply moved by this story about a boy who survived the earthquake in Haiti last year and embarked on a remarkable journey. Skill focus: analyzing mood

AMAZING DIGITAL LESSON PLAN

A powerful multimedia lesson you will love. An online exclusive!
DOWNLOAD THE TEACHER’S EDITION LESSON PLAN.



HAITI VIDEO

Play this 2-minute video before reading the article, to establish background knowledge.

USING TEXT FEATURES
This activity will help students keep track of and think about the text features in the article.

CONTENT-AREA VOCABULARY
A list of tricky terms that appear in the article, to print or project. Includes a practice activity to reinforce understanding.



IDENTIFYING PROBLEMS & SOLUTIONS

As they read, students keep track of problems and solutions in the article.



INTERACTIVE READING-COMPREHENSION QUIZ

A test-prep essential! We formed these questions based on state tests. (Need help with your interactive PDF? Visit our FAQ page.)
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IDENTIFYING NONFICTION ELEMENTS: READ, THINK, EXPLAIN

Use our teacher-vetted, scaffolded reading activity to help students improve their nonfiction reading-comprehension skills and strategies. Includes text-structure questions.

CRITICAL THINKING
Short-answer questions for independent completion (great for your above-level readers!) or group discussion. These are also listed in our T.E. and can be projected onto your whiteboard.

CONTEST ENTRY FORM
Students write a paragraph about the mood of the article—then enter their work in our contest. Four winners will each have $50 donated in their name to the Scholastic/Save the Children Education Recovery Fund in Haiti. Read more about our contests here.

ADDITIONAL (MULTIMEDIA!) RESOURCES
The New York Times’s Haiti page includes a brief history of the country, a slide show about the earthquake, and a roundup of current topics and articles related to recovery.
• Help for Haiti: Looking for organizations that are doing work in Haiti? Click here.


When Girls
Ruled Baseball

SUMMARY: In the 1940s, as men went off to fight in World War II, women stepped up to the plate as players in the first-ever women’s professional baseball league. Just in time for Women’s History Month. Skill focus: understanding historical fiction

GET A PDF OF THIS ARTICLE TO PROJECT
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DOWNLOAD THE TEACHER’S EDITION LESSON PLAN
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VOCABULARY

Project or print these challenging words from the play. Includes vocabulary practice to reinforce your students’ understanding.



INTERACTIVE READING-COMPREHENSION QUIZ

A test-prep essential! We formed these questions based on state tests. (Need help with your interactive PDF? Visit our FAQ page.)
Get the noninteractive version here.

CRITICAL THINKING
Short-answer questions for independent completion (great for your above-level readers!) or group discussion.These are also listed in our T.E. and can be projected onto your whiteboard.

FACT VS. FICTION
Students determine which of the characters, events, and ideas in the play reflect historical fact and which are fictional.

CONTEST ENTRY FORM
Students analyze the genre of the story, then enter their work in our contest.
Read more about our contests here.

ADDITIONAL (MULTIMEDIA!) RESOURCES
All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, includes history, players’ biographies, and archival photographs.
Archival news reel of the Racine Belles and the Fort Wayne Daisies. Time: 1:02.


A Shot at Stardom

SUMMARY: The Original Amateur Hour and American Idol have more in common than your students might think! Designed as an excellent compare-and-contrast activity.

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PRE-READING VIDEO
Build background knowledge with this amazing video montage from The Original Amateur Hour.

GUIDED COMPARE & CONTRAST ESSAY
Students write a compare-and-contrast essay using our self-guided, step-by-step worksheet.

READING-COMP CROSSWORD PUZZLE
A fun take on reading comprehension.


Bug Bites

SUMMARY: We didn’t feel like editing this disgusting article about edible insects. Will your students help us out? Skill focus: revision and editing

BEFORE READING SLIDE SHOW

A fun photo series of truly nasty bug meals. Your students will love it!

COMMA PRACTICE
Students review comma rules, then correct comma errors.

COMMONLY MISUSED WORDS

Accept or except? Affect or effect? Students must identify and correct commonly misused words.

SENTENCE VARIATION

Students rewrite a paragraph to vary the sentences’ structure, length, and rhythm.

PRONOUN PRACTICE

Students review pronoun agreement.

PUNCTUATING QUOTATIONS

A thorough review.


Should We
Erase Our Bad
Memories?

SUMMARY: A new drug could make it possible. Your students explore the issue, then write an opinion essay using our guide. A teacher favorite!

GET A PDF OF THIS ARTICLE TO PROJECT.

GUIDED OPINION ESSAY
Our self-guided worksheet makes essay writing a painless process. Includes two bonus handouts: transition words and a self-edit checklist. Great for homework!


Grammar Mistakes
of the
Rich and Famous

SUMMARY: Turn your students into grammar gods and goddesses with our delightful editing activity.

EDITING ACTIVITY

This silly passage is chock-full of mistakes in desperate need of correcting. Includes errors of spelling, homophones, punctuation, and articles.


Text-Message Vocab

SUMMARY: A fun take on the SCOPE 100! Students read a tricky text message from a friend, 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.
HELPFUL DOWNLOADS
ANSWER KEY
Looking for answers? Visit our top-secret Web site for answers to all online reproducibles and quizzes, as well as activities in the Student Edition. The URL is listed on page T-2 of your printed Teacher’s Edition.

TEACHER’S EDITION
Misplaced your TE? No worries! Download it here. Note: This online version does NOT include the answer key or the URL for the answer key.

NCTE & IRA STANDARDS
Read ’em here.

FAQ ABOUT INTERACTIVE PDFS
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