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April 2, 2012

 

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NARRATIVE NONFICTION:
How to Save a Baby Elephant

READERS THEATER PLAY: Hugo
DEBATE/ESSAY KIT: Are You a Loser?
PAIRED TEXTS: Sadaf Rahimi and Jackie Robinson
YOU WRITE IT: Putting Curiosity to Work
GRAMMAR GETS REAL: Who vs. Whom

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How to Save a Baby Elephant

SUMMARY: This is the moving story of Ishanga, a baby elephant that lives at an orphanage in Kenya. The story is paired with a newspaper-style article about an undercover operation to bust ivory traders and smugglers. Essential question: What is our responsibility to animals?

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KEY IDEAS AND DETAILS: “Humans and Elephants”

Students identify the ways in which people both protect and harm elephants.

INTERACTIVE READING-COMPREHENSION QUIZ

A test-prep essential! We formed these questions based on state tests. (Need help with interactive PDFs? 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.

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.

VOCABULARY
A list of tricky words that appear in the article. Includes definitions and example sentences, as well as a practice activity to reinforce understanding. Read more about Scope Vocabulary here.

ELEPHANTS WEBQUEST

This interactive activity directs students to various Web sites to answer a series of questions about African elephants and the ivory trade. Students can use their research to help write an advocacy letter on behalf of African elephants. (Need help with interactive PDFs? Visit our FAQ page.)

WRITE FOR ELEPHANTS
Provides students with helpful guidelines for crafting an effective advocacy letter on behalf of African elephants. Includes a recommendation of where students can send their letters.

VIDEO: “The Rescue of Kithaka”
Show your class this amazing clip from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Ask students to compare the rescue in this video to the rescue of Ishanga. Perfect for use with our Digital Lesson Plan. Length: 4:08. Viewing on a mobile device such as an iPad or iPhone? Click here.

CONTEST ENTRY FORM

Students write a paragraph connecting a Gandhi quote with the nonfiction article and sidebar. Read more about our contests here.

EXTRA RESOURCES
WEB SITE: The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust online and learn more about this incredible organization. You’ll find images, videos, and information about all of the Trust’s orphans, as well as details about how to support the Trust’s efforts.

VIDEO: “Undercover Ivory Shoppers”
Check out this clip from Nat Geo Wild’s show “Crimes Against Nature,” which includes background information on the illegal ivory trade and the team of undercover investigators discussed in the sidebar “Ivory BUST!” Length: 3:16. NOTE: An ad appears before the video begins, so we recommend loading the video before your class starts.


Hugo

SUMMARY: We’ve adapted the Academy Award–winning film based on Brian Selznick’s beloved novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret into a Scope play. Students will love bringing to life this mysterious story of an orphan boy living in the walls of a Paris train station in the 1930s. Skill focus: symbolism and theme

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THEME: “Broken/Fixed”
Students analyze how the play’s main characters are both broken and fixed.

INTERACTIVE READING-COMPREHENSION QUIZ
A test-prep essential! We formed these questions based on those in state tests. (Need help with interactive PDFs? 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.

IDENTIFYING LITERARY ELEMENTS AND DEVICES: “Back to Basics”
This self-guided activity helps students explore character, elements of plot, symbolism, and more. Includes higher-level-thinking questions.

VOCABULARY
A list of tricky words that appear in the play. Includes definitions and example sentences, as well as a practice activity to reinforce understanding. Read more about Scope Vocabulary here.

CONTEST ENTRY FORM
How is the automaton a symbol for Georges and Hugo? Students write a paragraph answering this question, using text evidence to support their ideas. Read more about our contests here.

EXTRA RESOURCES
VIDEO: A Trip to the Moon
The Atlantic hosts this clip of Georges Méliès’s 1902 classic silent film, A Trip to the Moon, which is referenced in Hugo. In this amusing excerpt, a group of travelers explore the strange landscapes of the moon. Show the clip to your class and prompt students to consider the genre “historical fiction.” How does seeing footage of the film change their understanding of the fictional Hugo? How do students’ reactions to the clip compare with Hugo’s and Isabelle’s in Scene 5? Length: 5:46.

WEB SITE: The Invention of Hugo Cabret
This Web site for Brian Selznick’s novel is packed with great multimedia content and information about the topics that inspired the story—including background on automata, Paris, and classic film.


Are You a Loser?

SUMMARY: This essay explains how failure can be the key to success—if you approach it the right way. Skill focus: supporting an argument; identifying main ideas and details

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GUIDED WRITING: THE REFLECTIVE 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!


Now & Then:
Sadaf Rahimi and Jackie Robinson

SUMMARY: An article about 17-year-old boxer Sadaf Rahimi, the only Afghan woman who will be competing at the Olympics this summer, is paired with an article about baseball legend Jackie Robinson. Skill focus: comparing and contrasting; making connections between texts

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COMPARE-AND-CONTRAST QUIZ
Students analyze and compare the two texts through a series of multiple-choice questions. Makes excellent test prep.

COMPARE-AND-CONTRAST GRAPHIC ORGANIZER
This worksheet helps students identify the similarities and differences between these two groundbreaking athletes.

EXTRA RESOURCES
VIDEO: Sadaf Rahimi
This brief report from BBC features interview footage with Sadaf in which she discusses the challenges she has faced and her hopes for the future. Length: 1:44. NOTE: An ad appears before the video begins, so we recommend loading the video before your class starts.

WEB SITE: “Sports: Breaking Records, Breaking Barriers”
Have students explore this fascinating Web site by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. The site features a wealth of information about many of history’s most accomplished and influential athletes, including Jackie Robinson.


Putting Curiosity to Work

SUMMARY: Students write a short article based on our interview with Angela Zhang, a 17-year-old who developed a method of treating cancer. Skill focus: identifying main idea and details; summarizing

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GUIDE TO “YOU WRITE IT” ACTIVITY
This step-by-step worksheet helps students use our interview to craft an article. Includes guidance for identifying the main idea, organizing, and using direct quotations.

“YOU WRITE IT” MODEL TEXT
Our annotated example of a completed “You Write It” activity is another great way to help students understand how to turn an interview into an article.

PUNCTUATING QUOTATIONS
Use this activity from our archive to help students correctly punctuate the direct quotes they include in their articles.

CONTEST ENTRY FORM
Use our handy form to enter students’ work in the “You Write It” contest. Read more about our contests here.

EXTRA RESOURCE
VIDEO: Angela Zhang
In this brief excerpt of an interview with Angela Zhang, the teen genius discusses her research, curiosity, and love of science. Length: 0:50.


Grammar Gets Real

SUMMARY: Students practice the correct uses of who and whom while reading fun facts about three popular reality-TV shows. Skill focus: who and whom

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WHO VS. WHOM
More practice with these commonly confused words.


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