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September 24, 2012

 

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Skills-based reading and writing activities for each Scope article
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NARRATIVE NONFICTION: Out of the Tornado
READERS THEATER PLAY: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Speckled Band
PAIRED TEXTS: The History of Yum
DEBATE/ESSAY KIT: You Danger
THE LAZY EDITOR: What Killed the Birds of Beebe?
YOU WRITE IT: Compassionate Competition
GRAMMAR’S FAVORITE ALIENS: Number vs. Amount
WHOLE-ISSUE REVIEW
ANSWER KEY
SKILLS AND GRAPHIC-ORGANIZERS LIBRARY
HELPFUL LINKS & DOWNLOADS

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Out of the Tornado

SUMMARY: This harrowing story of students who survived the tornado that devastated Henryville, Indiana, is paired with a beautiful poem by Irene Latham. Don’t miss our Author Talk video! Skill focus: key ideas and details

Lexile Level: 995L

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DIGITAL LESSON PLAN
Check out our gorgeous step-by-step teaching kit, which includes the article, a video, and activity sheets. Great for your whiteboard!

SCOPE VIDEO: Author Talk: Lauren Tarshis on “Out of the Tornado”
Go behind the scenes of our narrative-nonfiction feature with the author. *Comes with these discussion questions.
For an iPad/iPhone compatible version of this video, please click here.

AUDIO: Reading of “The Tornado”
Hear the poem read aloud. Makes excellent listening-comprehension practice! Don’t miss our poetry-analysis activity. Tip: Before playing our reading, have several students each read the poem aloud. Compare how the tone and mood of the poem change depending on how it’s read.

NEW! THEMED VOCABULARY: Words of Destruction
This not-to-be-missed activity will help your students master the subtle differences among words related to destruction. Great for whole class and small group work. Click here for an interactive Teacher’s Guide to using this activity. Read more about Scope Vocabulary here.

IDENTIFYING TEXT EVIDENCE

Students find evidence to support central ideas in the article, sidebar, poem, and video.

POETRY ANALYSIS: “The Tornado”

Multiple-choice and short-answer questions help students analyze Irene Latham’s poem. Please note: This activity sheet is print-only.

INTERACTIVE READING-COMPRENSION QUIZ

A test-prep essential! We crafted 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.

VIDEO DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
Questions for a class discussion or independent analysis of the video “Author Talk: Lauren Tarshis on ‘Out of the Tornado’”.

READ, THINK, EXPLAIN: IDENTIFYING NONFICTION ELEMENTS

Use our teacher-vetted, scaffolded reading activity to develop your students’ nonfiction reading skills and strategies. Makes great homework! Includes text-structure questions.

CONTEST ENTRY FORM
Students write a paragraph applying a Helen Keller quote to the article and the poem. Read more about our contests here.

EXTRA RESOURCES
WEBSITE: Weather Wiz Kids: Tornadoes
A clear and detailed explanation of what tornadoes are and how they form—perfect for students who’d like to go deeper into the science behind natural disasters.

FROM OUR ARCHIVE: The Fury of Fire
This gripping Scope nonfiction article explores the theme of loss and recovery from a wildfire in California. For a great poetry-writing activity, have students use the pairing of “Out of the Tornado” and Latham’s poem “The Tornado” as a model to write a poem based on this article.


Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Speckled Band

SUMMARY: Wild animals, a mysterious whistle, a bloodcurdling scream in the night—can Sherlock Holmes crack the case before someone, or something, kills poor Helen Stoner? We pair this delightful adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic short story with a fictional modern-day mystery. Skill focus: analyzing character

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CHARACTER/MAKING INFERENCES: “The Sherlock Holmes Way”
This two-part activity asks students to identify Sherlock Holmes’s key traits and apply his methods in solving a fictional mystery.

INTERACTIVE READING-COMPREHENSION QUIZ
A test-prep essential! We crafted 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
Students explore character, elements of plot, and more, in this self-guided activity. Includes higher-level-thinking questions. Use this activity with our Glossary of Literary Terms—a terrific resource!

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 write a scene in which Sherlock Holmes solves the fictional mystery on page 18. Read more about our contests here.

EXTRA RESOURCES
ORIGINAL TEXT: “The Adventure of the Speckled Band”
This is the complete text of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original story. Have advanced students compare this version with our play adaptation.

PHOTOS: A Brief History of Sherlock Holmes
More than 70 actors have portrayed Sherlock Holmes in more than 200 films. This photo gallery from TIME highlights 10 of the most famous renditions. Ask students to consider why this character has captured the imaginations of so many people for so long.


The History of Yum

SUMMARY: An article about the origins of the Hershey Chocolate Company is paired with an article about how the 1982 movie E.T. boosted sales of Reese’s Pieces. Skill focus: making inferences; making connections between texts

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Lexile Level: 1110L

GRAPHIC ORGANIZER
Students identify key details from both articles in preparation for the writing prompt on page 21.

INTERACTIVE READING-COMPREHENSION QUIZ
A test-prep essential! We crafted 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.

DIY VOCABULARY
This activity is a great way for students to keep track of unfamiliar words they encounter in any Scope article. They will use context clues, look up definitions, and use each new word in a sentence. Read more about Scope Vocabulary here.

CONTEST ENTRY FORM
Students use both articles to identify strategies that can lead to success in business. Read more about our contests here.

EXTRA RESOURCE
WEBSITE: The Hershey’s Story
Learn more about the history of Hershey’s with this detailed timeline. The Hershey’s site also includes information on how chocolate is made. Yum!


You Danger

SUMMARY: Many kids are risking their health and even their lives to create stunt videos to post on YouTube. Should YouTube ban these videos? Students read arguments on both sides of the debate and take a stand. Skill focus: supporting an argument; identifying main ideas and details

Lexile Level: 1100L

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

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

ARGUMENT-ESSAY CHECKLIST
Have students use our nifty list to check their argument essays before handing them in. Great for peer review too!

DIY VOCABULARY
This activity is a great way for students to keep track of unfamiliar words they encounter in any Scope article. They will use context clues, look up definitions, and use each new word in a sentence. Read more about Scope Vocabulary here.


What Killed the Birds of Beebe?

SUMMARY: Students correct grammar errors and revise sloppy writing in a nonfiction article about the totally creepy phenomenon of sudden mass animal death. Skill focus: conventions of standard English; editing/revising

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Please note: The following activity sheets are print-only.

AVOIDING RUN-ON SENTENCES
Students identify and correct run-on sentences.

PUNCTUATING QUOTATIONS
Students review the rules and do a practice activity.

USING COMMAS WITH INTRODUCTORY WORDS, CLAUSES, AND PHRASES
More help with this common problem.

TRANSITIONS
Practice for using clear and effective transitions. Be sure to use with our Great Transitions Handout, which students can refer to whenever they write.


Compassionate Competition

SUMMARY: High school track star Meghan Vogel made headlines when she helped an opponent across the finish line during a championship race. In this activity, students use our interview with Meghan to write a short article about her. 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 activity sheet 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.

EXTRA RESOURCE
VIDEO: Meghan Vogel on NBC Nightly News
This brief clip from NBC Nightly News features footage of Meghan’s race. Length: 0:34. NOTE: An ad appears before the video begins, so we recommend loading the video before your class starts.


Grammar’s Favorite Aliens

SUMMARY: Students practice the correct use of number and amount while learning fun facts about extraterrestrials. Skill focus: number and amount

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NUMBER VS. AMOUNT
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. Please note: This activity is print-only.

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

ANSWER KEY
Looking for answers? Visit our top-secret website for answers to all quizzes and activities. The URL can be found on page T-3 of your printed Teacher’s Edition.

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TEACHER’S EDITION

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COMMON CORE, NCTE, AND IRA STANDARDS
How this issue of Scope aligns with these standards.

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