September 5, 2011
SUMMARY: a riveting nonfiction article about the Navy SEALs, a classic poem, and a true teen story shed light on what it means to be brave
FEATURED SKILL: CROSS-GENRE CONNECTIONS
Use our multimedia lesson plan to further explore the meaning of courage. Students contemplate iconic images and famous quotations about courage, then use these, along with the article, to develop their own definitions of what it means to be brave.
A list of tricky words that appear in the article, to print or project. Includes a practice activity to reinforce understanding.
INTERACTIVE VOCABULARY QUIZ
A visually driven review for the 20 vocabulary words in this issue of Scope. Perfect for use on your whiteboard or digital projector.
INTERACTIVE READING-COMPREHENSION QUIZ
A test-prep essential! We formed these questions based on state tests.
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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.
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.
SUMMARY: Mack Lewis, one of our favorite Scope playwrights, has hit just the right note with his adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic short story “The Tell-Tale Heart”—somewhere between totally disturbing and totally delightful. The same goes for Lisa Weber’s wonderful illustrations.
FEATURED SKILL: UNDERSTANDING MOOD
VIDEO: THE AMAZING LIFE OF EDGAR ALLAN POE
SUMMARY: Is Facebook bringing out the worst in kids or helping them build positive connections? Your students decide. Skill focus: supporting an argument; identifying main ideas and details
Our self-guided worksheet makes essay writing a painless process. Includes two bonus handouts: transition words and a self-edit checklist. Great for homework!
SUMMARY: A look at laws and attitudes about smoking in the 1950s and today. Skill focus: comparing and contrasting; visual literacy
GUIDED COMPARE-AND-CONTRAST ESSAY
SUMMARY: Acclaimed YA author Roland Smith explains how he writes a compelling first line, then invites students to enter our contest. Skill focus: understanding author’s purpose; writing hooks
SLIDE SHOW: WHAT IS A FABULOUS FIRST LINE?
SUMMARY: Students write a short article based on our interview with a teen who auditioned for American Idol. Skill focus: identifying main idea and details; summarizing
SUMMARY: Students practice the correct use of affect and effect while reading fun facts about summer movies. Skill focus: affect vs. effect
More practice with these commonly confused words.
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