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September 3, 2012

 

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Skills-based reading and writing activities for each Scope article
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NARRATIVE NONFICTION: A Child Slave in California
MYTHOLOGY PLAY: The Monster in the Cave
PAIRED TEXTS: Hunting a Killer
ORIGINAL FICTION: Ovatniah
DEBATE/ESSAY KIT: Do Manners Matter?
THE LAZY EDITOR: A Ship of Curses?
FABULOUS FIRST-LINE CONTEST: Lisa Yee
YOU WRITE IT: Becoming “That Kid From The Hunger Games
GRAMMAR’S DREAM TEAM: good vs. well

WHOLE-ISSUE REVIEW
ANSWER KEY
SKILLS AND GRAPHIC-ORGANIZERS LIBRARY
HELPFUL LINKS & DOWNLOADS


A Child Slave in California

SUMMARY: Your students will be riveted by the incredible true story of a former child slave, which sheds light on the global problem of modern-day slavery. We pair it with an excerpt from a Frederick Douglass autobiography. Skill focus: key ideas and details

Lexile Level: 1030L

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THEMED VOCABULARY: SLAVERY
Use this new activity to help your students build a vocabulary with which to discuss and write about slavery. Includes content-area (AKA “domain-specific”) words. Read more about Scope Vocabulary here.

KEY IDEAS AND DETAILS

Students identify key ideas and supporting details from the article.

INTERACTIVE READING-COMPRENSION QUIZ

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NONINTERACTIVE READING-COMPREHENSION QUIZ
A printable version of the quiz above.

CRITICAL-THINKING QUESTIONS
Short-answer questions for independent completion (great for your above-level readers!) or group discussion.

IDENTIFYING NONFICTION ELEMENTS

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

CONTEST ENTRY FORM
Students apply a quote to the experiences of Shyima Hall and Frederick Douglass. Read more about our contests here.

EXTRA RESOURCES
VIDEO: See Shyima Become a Citizen
Watch Shyima at her citizenship ceremony in California. How does the video compare with the way the author portrays this scene at the end of the article? Length: 2:34. NOTE: An ad appears before the video begins, so we recommend loading the video before your class starts.

WEBSITE: Free the Slaves
Learn more about the organization mentioned in the article. They do incredible work to end modern-day slavery. The site includes statistics, stories of former slaves, research, and a lot more. TEACHERS CAUTIONED: Not all of the material on the site will be suitable for your students. Please carefully preview the site before sharing it with your class.


The Monster in the Cave

SUMMARY: We’ve taken a famous episode from The Odyssey—when Odysseus battles the bloodthirsty Cyclops—and turned it into a riveting play your students will love. (We still can’t get over Gary Hanna’s awesome illustrations.) Perfect for your mythology unit! Skill focus: character and point of view

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DIGITAL LESSON PLAN
A gorgeous step-by-step teaching kit that includes the play, a video, activity sheets, and more.

SCOPE VIDEO: “Cyclops: My Side of the Story”

It would be hard to argue that Polyphemus is a great guy. After all, he eats people. But maybe he’s not as bad as everyone thinks. In this video, the Cyclops gets a chance to explain his side of the story. For a great lesson on character and point of view, show the video after students read the play. For an iPad/iPhone-compatible version of this video, please click here.

GRAPHIC ORGANIZER: “Epic Traits”
Students identify character traits for Odysseus and Polyphemus. For use with the play and the video.

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.

NONINTERACTIVE READING-COMPREHENSION QUIZ
A printable version of the quiz above.

CRITICAL-THINKING QUESTIONS
Short-answer questions for independent completion (great for your above-level readers!) or group discussion.

IDENTIFYING LITERARY ELEMENTS AND DEVICES
This self-guided activity helps students explore character, elements of plot, 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
Students explain which of Odysseus’s character traits helped him escape the Cyclops. Then they argue whether Odysseus and the Cyclops got what they deserved. Read more about our contests here.

EXTRA RESOURCE
ORIGINAL TEXT: The Odyssey
This is the complete text of Samuel Butler’s translation of the Cyclops scene from The Odyssey. Have advanced students compare this version with the Scope play adaptation.


Hunting a Killer

SUMMARY: What challenges do we face in sharing the planet with wild animals? This is the question students will explore while reading a narrative-nonfiction article about a deadly grizzly bear attack in Yellowstone National Park, a newspaper article about monkeys overrunning Delhi, India, and Robert Frost’s poem “A Minor Bird.” Skill focus: making connections across genres

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Lexile Level: 990L

AUDIO: Reading of Robert Frost’s “A Minor Bird”
Makes excellent listening-comprehension practice! Tip: Before playing our reading, have several students each read the poem aloud. Compare how the tone and mood of the poem changes depending on how it’s read.

CRITICAL-THINKING QUESTIONS
Short-answer questions for independent completion (great for your above-level readers!) or group discussion.

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.

NONINTERACTIVE READING-COMPREHENSION QUIZ
A printable version of the quiz above.


POETRY ANALYSIS: “A Minor Bird”
Multiple-choice and short-answer questions help students understand Robert Frost’s poem.


COMPARE AND CONTRAST: Graphic Organizer
This chart helps students identify the similarities and differences between the wild-animal problems discussed in “Hunting a Killer” and “Indians Feed the Monkeys.”


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


CONTEST ENTRY FORM
Students use examples from all three texts to explain the problems humans face sharing the planet with wild animals, as well as some possible solutions. Read more about our contests here.


EXTRA RESOURCES
VIDEO: “Monkey See, Monkey Shoo”
This great video from Time explores the problem of rhesus monkeys in Delhi and the langurs being trained to control them. Show after reading “Indians Feed the Monkeys, Which Bite the Hand.” Ask students, are langurs effective? What challenges do they present? Length: 3:03.

VIDEO: “Bears: A Yellowstone Love Story”
This video from Yellowstone National Park provides a detailed history of human-bear interactions in the park. An excellent complement to “Hunting a Killer”. Length: 9:00.

POET SPOTLIGHT: Robert Frost
This brief biography of Robert Frost from Poets.org includes links to select poems.


Ovatniah

SUMMARY: Roland Smith’s beautiful story about a young Yup’ik girl will generate meaningful discussion in your class. (We spent hours discussing it in our offices!) We’ve paired it with Aesop’s fable “The Rooster and the Jewel” for a great lesson on theme. Skill focus: analyzing theme

Lexile Level: 885L

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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.

NONINTERACTIVE READING-COMPREHENSION QUIZ
A printable version of the quiz above.

CRITICAL-THINKING QUESTIONS
Short-answer questions for independent completion (great for your above-level readers!) or group discussion.

IDENTIFYING LITERARY ELEMENTS AND DEVICES
This self-guided activity helps students explore character, elements of plot, and more. Includes higher-level-thinking questions.

DIY VOCABULARY
Our graphic organizer is a great way for students to keep track of unfamiliar words they encounter in the story. They will use context clues, look up definitions, and use each new word in a sentence. Learn more about Scope Vocabulary here.

EXTRA RESOURCES
MEET THE AUTHOR: RolandSmith.com
Learn more about Roland Smith, the fabulous author of “Ovatniah,” by visiting his website.

FROM OUR ARCHIVE: How to Save a Baby Elephant
In “Ovatniah,” your students read about fossil ivory and the Yup’ik tradition of ivory carving. For a great nonfiction connection, we recommend “How to Save a Baby Elephant” from our archive. The story is about an elephant orphanage in Kenya for elephants that have lost their mothers to poachers. Ask students to think about the illegal ivory trade and whether fossil ivory could be part of the solution.


Do Manners Matter?

SUMMARY: Some experts say we’re turning into a bunch of savages. Are they right? Your students will read arguments on both sides of this debate, then take a stand. Skill focus: supporting an argument; identifying main ideas and details

Lexile Level: 1030L

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GUIDED WRITING: The Argument Essay
Our self-guided activity makes essay writing a painless process. Great for homework!

GREAT TRANSITIONS HANDOUT
Using transition words is a key writing skill. Our handout gives your students ideas on choosing the perfect transition word.

ARGUMENT-ESSAY CHECKLIST
Have students use our nifty list to check their argument essays before handing them in. Great for working in pairs or individually.

EXTRA RESOURCE
FROM OUR ARCHIVE: Is Facebook Making You Mean?
Looking for another debate about behavior? We recommend “Is Facebook Making You Mean?” Challenge your students to think about how manners and social networking are related.


A Ship of Curses?

SUMMARY: The bizarre story of the Mary Celeste is one of the greatest maritime mysteries in history. The writing in our article about it, however, is not so great. We need your students to help us out! Skill focus: conventions of standard English; editing/revising

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MAINTAINING CONSISTENT VERB TENSE
Students practice fixing unnecessary tense shifts to improve their writing.

AVOIDING FRAGMENTS
Students identify and correct sentence fragments.

MAINTAINING CONSISTENT STYLE AND TONE
More help with this common problem.

PRONOUN-ANTECEDENT AGREEMENT
Students review the rules, then practice.


Fabulous First-Line Contest

SUMMARY: We’re so excited that beloved author Lisa Yee is writing a story for Scope—but she needs YOUR STUDENTS to help her get started. Lisa will pick the best first line and use it to begin her story, which will appear in an April 2013 issue. Skill focus: author’s purpose; writing hooks

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SCOPE VIDEO: What Is a Fabulous First Line?
Our narrated, interactive video slide show will get your students thinking about author’s purpose, tone, mood, and other literary elements. The fun format showcases some of the coolest, craziest, and most awesome first lines from your students’ favorite young-adult novels.
For an iPad/iPhone compatible version of this video, please click here.

LISA YEE’S FAVORITE FIRST LINES HANDOUT
Lisa explains what makes a great first line and provides some examples from her own work. Show students to get them inspired!

CONTEST ENTRY FORM
Students can use this handy form to send us their first lines. The deadline for entries is October 15, 2012. To find out more about current Scope contests, visit our Contests page.

MEET THE AUTHOR: LisaYee.com
Find information about Lisa’s latest books at her totally delightful website.


Becoming “That Kid From
The Hunger Games

SUMMARY: Ethan Jamieson is a pretty talented 14-year-old: He played a tribute in The Hunger Games movie! In this activity, students use our interview with him to write a short article. Skill focus: identifying main idea and details; summarizing

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GUIDE TO “YOU WRITE IT” ACTIVITY
Our self-guided worksheet walks students through the process of crafting an article.

“YOU WRITE IT” MODEL TEXT
Model the activity with an annotated example of a completed “You Write It” article.

PUNCTUATING QUOTATIONS
Use this worksheet for extra practice with direct quotes.

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


Grammar’s Dream Team

SUMMARY: Students practice the correct use of good and well while reading about the awesome characters we’d pick to save the world. Skill focus: good and well

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GOOD VS. WELL
More practice with these commonly confused words.


Whole-Issue Review

READING-COMPREHENSION CROSSWORD PUZZLE
This is a fun way to test students’ understanding of the whole issue.

SKILLS AND GRAPHIC-ORGANIZERS LIBRARY
Visit our library for a list of basic skills activities for just about any Scope feature.

ANSWER KEY
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HELPFUL LINKS & DOWNLOADS
TEACHER’S EDITION

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COMMON CORE, NCTE, AND IRA STANDARDS
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