Common Core Spotlight

Our favorite Common Core activity in this issue!

Why Scope Loves Infographics (and Why You Should Too!)

This issue’s cover story is “Disaster on the Mountain,” a gripping nonfiction account of two skiers caught in a deadly avalanche. The story has all our favorite ingredients: a pulsing narrative of extraordinarily resilient people, content-area (aka “academic”) vocabulary, science connections, and big essential questions about our relationship with nature.

But that isn’t all. The Common Core Standards stress the importance of “integrating information presented in different media or formats.” So we’ve packaged the story with an awesome full-page infographic that presents information that isn’t in the main article. (Hats off to our designer, Albert Amigo!)

We’ve created a special activity sheet to help your students understand and analyze key ideas in the infographic. And our support materials will require your students to synthesize details from both the infographic and the main narrative.

Can you see why we love it?

Your students will:

Common Core ELA Anchor Standards this activity supports:
R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R7, R9, R10, W1, W4, W9, SL1, SL2, L3, L4, L5, L6

Find additional activity sheets supporting the article on our Quizzes and Activities page.

More Common Core Resources:
To learn how the rest of the December 10, 2012, issue supports the Common Core State Standards, see pages T2–T3 of your Teacher’s Edition, or click here.

To learn more about how Scope aligns with the Common Core and to explore our awesome collection of Common Core resources, click here.

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