September 2013

 

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Skills-based reading and writing activities for each Scope article
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NARRATIVE NONFICTION: Malala the Powerful
DRAMA: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
PAIRED TEXTS: Are These Chips Too Delicious?
FICTION AND NONFICTION: The Space Rock
DEBATE/ESSAY KIT: Should Kids Be On Reality TV?
THE LAZY EDITOR: The Curse of the Hope Diamond
YOU WRITE IT: The Perfect Meal
GRAMMAR REVEALS THE SECRET HOBBIES OF YOUR FAVORITE STARS: then vs. than
WHOLE-ISSUE REVIEW
ANSWER KEY
SKILLS AND GRAPHIC-ORGANIZERS LIBRARY
HELPFUL LINKS & DOWNLOADS

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Malala the Powerful

SUMMARY: In Pakistan in October 2012, the Taliban attempted to assassinate Malala Yousafzai, a 15-year-old crusader for youth education. This is Malala’s incredible story of courage and survival. Featured Skill: Identifying central ideas and supporting details

For the complexity factors of this article, including Lexile score, see page T-5 of your Teacher's Guide.

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VIDEO: “Malala Returns to School”
Five months after surviving a bullet wound to the head, Malala prepares to begin high school in Birmingham, England. Use our video-discussion questions to help students make connections with the article.

AUDIO: Hear the author read the article aloud.
Listen to the author read her story aloud. Perfect for struggling readers or as listening comprehension practice for your entire class. Find more audio articles here.

CENTRAL IDEAS AND SUPPORTING DETAILS
Students identify central ideas and supporting evidence. Great preparation for the writing prompt on page 10. Note: This is a challenging activity for the beginning of the year, so we’ve provided two versions: CLOSE-READING AND CRITICAL-THINKING QUESTIONS
For print or projection. These questions also appear in the lesson plan.

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.

INTERACTIVE READING-COMPREHENSION QUIZ
A test-prep essential! We formed these multiple-choice and short-answer 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.

READ, THINK, EXPLAIN: IDENTIFYING NONFICTION ELEMENTS
Use our teacher-vetted, scaffolded reading activity to develop your students’ nonfiction-reading skills and strategies, and prepare them for higher-level-thinking questions and class discussion. Makes great homework too. Don’t miss our nifty Glossary of Nonfiction Terms—an excellent resource that students can use all year long. Note: This is a challenging activity for the beginning of the year, so we’ve provided two versions: CORE SKILL: Mood and Tone
Students explore tone and mood in the article. Also includes a review of the concepts of tone and mood. Click here to learn more about our Core Skills Program.

GRAMMAR SPOTLIGHT: Sentence Fragments
After discussing sentence fragments within the context of the nonfiction article, reinforce students’ understanding with a Lazy Editor activity. Instructions for this month’s Grammar Spotlight are also included on page T-15 of your Teacher’s Guide. Click here to learn more about our approach to grammar.

CONTEST ENTRY FORM
Students write about what makes Malala a crusader. Read more about our contests here.

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

SUMMARY: In this delightful adaptation of Mark Twain’s classic novel, Tom cons his friends, witnesses a murder, crashes his own funeral, gets lost in a cave . . . and learns to listen to his conscience. Featured Skill: Analyzing character

For the complexity factors of this play, see page T-8 of your Teacher's Guide.

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DOWNLOAD THE TEACHER’S GUIDE LESSON PLAN.
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VIDEO: “Scope Time Machine: The 1840s”
Transport your class back in time to the days of Tom Sawyer. The video is packed with facts and vocabulary that will help build a foundation of content-area knowledge. Use our video-discussion questions to help students make connections with the play.

TOM SAWYER: STATIC OR DYNAMIC?
How does the protagonist change over the course of the story? A great character-analysis activity in preparation for the writing prompt on page 15.

CLOSE-READING AND CRITICAL-THINKING QUESTIONS
For print or projection. These questions also appear in the lesson plan.

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. Click here to learn more about Scope Vocabulary.

INTERACTIVE READING-COMPREHENSION QUIZ
A test-prep essential! We formed these multiple-choice and short-answer questions based on state and PARCC assessments. Need help with interactive PDFs? Visit our FAQ page.

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

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 that your students can use all year!

CORE SKILL: Making Inferences
Students make inferences about character motives, setting, plot, and more in the play. Also included is a multiple-choice inferencing activity for additional practice. Click here to learn more about our Core Skills Program.

CONTEST ENTRY FORM
Is The Adventures of Tom Sawyer a “coming-of-age story”? Students respond in a paragraph. Click here to learn more about our contests.

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EXTRA RESOURCE
ORIGINAL TEXT: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Mark Twain’s complete novel is available for free online. Have advanced students compare the original with the Scope adaptation.


Are These Chips Too Delicious? and A Bloody History

SUMMARY: This month’s paired-text feature is a tasty two-course meal of informational texts. The first gives students an inside look at the secret world of food flavorists. The second is a fascinating introduction to the spice wars, which shaped today’s world in surprising ways. Featured Skill: Compare and contrast

For the complexity factors of these articles, including Lexile score, see page T-11 of your Teacher's Guide.

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COMPARE AND CONTRAST
Students compare the modern flavor industry with the early spice trade. Great preparation for the writing prompt on page 19. Note: This is a challenging activity for the beginning of the year, so we’ve provided two versions: THEMED VOCABULARY: Words for Delicious
Explore vocabulary associated with tastiness in this fun and engaging shades-of-meaning activity. Great for whole-class and small-group work. Click here to learn more about Scope Vocabulary.

CLOSE-READING AND CRITICAL-THINKING QUESTIONS
For print or projection. These questions also appear in the lesson plan.

INTERACTIVE READING-COMPREHENSION QUIZ
A test-prep essential! We formed these multiple-choice and short-answer questions based on state and PARCC assessments. Need help with interactive PDFs? Visit our FAQ page.

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

CORE SKILL: Summarizing
Students edit an objective summary of “A Bloody History” for unnecessary details and opinions. Also included is a model objective summary of “Are These Chips Too Delicious?” Click here to learn more about our Core Skills Program.

CORE SKILL: Finding and Using Text Evidence
Students practice identifying and using text evidence to support claims drawn from the articles. Also included is a review of direct quotations and paraphrasing. Click here to learn more about our Core Skills Program.

CONTEST ENTRY FORM
Students write two paragraphs comparing the modern flavor industry with the early spice trade. Read more about our contests here.

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The Space Rock and Space Attack

SUMMARY: When a large meteorite crash-lands on a family farm in the struggling town of Rock Creek, how will the family—and the town—react? This thought-provoking story is paired with a nonfiction article on a real-life space rock that exploded over Russia earlier this year. Featured Skill: Connecting fiction and nonfiction

For the complexity factors of these texts, including Lexile scores, see page T-13 of your Teacher's Guide.

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DOWNLOAD THE TEACHER’S GUIDE LESSON PLAN.
Includes step-by-step lesson plan, differentiated reader tasks, complexity factors, essential questions, literature connections, and more.

AUDIO: Hear “Space Attack” read aloud.
This audio version of the informational text works perfectly as scaffolding for struggling readers or as listening comprehension practice for your entire class. Find more audio articles here.

UNDERSTANDING THEME
Students practice theme using Aesop’s fables, then identify a main theme of “The Space Rock.”

COMPARE TWO TEXTS
Students make connections between the story and the informational article. Great preparation for the writing prompt on page 27.

CLOSE READING AND CRITICAL THINKING QUESTIONS
For print or projection. These questions also appear in the Lesson Plan. 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.

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 that your students can use all year!

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

CORE SKILL: Central Ideas and Details
Students identify central ideas and details in “Space Attack.” Also included is a review that answers the question “What is a central idea?” Click here to learn more about our Core Skills Program.

CONTEST ENTRY FORM
Students write two paragraphs comparing the modern flavor industry with the early spice trade. Read more about our contests here.

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EXTRA RESOURCES
ROLAND SMITH’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE
Learn more about the author of “The Space Rock.”

THE CHELYABINSK METEOR FROM MULTIPLE ANGLES
This multimedia feature from the New York Times shows actual footage of the Chelyabinsk meteor from six different angles. Ask students to consider how this footage may have been useful to scientists.


Should Kids Be on Reality TV?

SUMMARY: Children and teens appear on a host of reality TV shows, from The Biggest Loser to The X Factor. But is this really a good idea? Students read arguments on both sides, then take a stand. Skill focus: Supporting an argument, identifying central ideas and details

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

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.Click here to learn more about Scope Vocabulary.

GREAT TRANSITIONS HANDOUT
Using transitions effectively is a key and often challenging writing skill. Our handout gives students ideas on how to choose the perfect transition word or phrase.

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The Curse of the Hope Diamond

SUMMARY: Students correct grammatical errors and revise sloppy writing in a nonfiction article about the legendary Hope Diamond, said to bring doom to all who own it. Skill focus: Conventions of standard English; revision

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Please note: These activity sheets are print-only.

MAINTAINING CONSISTENT VERB TENSE
Reinforcement for this key writing skill.

RAMBLING SENTENCES
Students practice identifying and revising run-on and rambling sentences.

APOSTROPHES
More practice using apostrophes with plurals and possessives.

AVOIDING SENTENCE FRAGMENTS
Students find and fix sentence fragments—this issue’s Grammar Spotlight skill!

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EXTRA RESOURCE
WEBSITE: Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
Students can find more information about the legendary gem, including a timeline of its storied past.


The Perfect Meal

SUMMARY: Students use our eye-catching infographic to write a short paragraph about why the Scope Bistro should add bug dishes to its menu. Skill focus: Central idea and details; understanding visual text; structuring a paragraph

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GUIDE TO “YOU WRITE IT” ACTIVITY
Our self-guided activity sheet walks students through the process of crafting a paragraph.

“YOU WRITE IT” MODEL TEXT
Model the activity with an annotated example of a completed “You Write It”. Click here for a non-annotated version of the model text.

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


Grammar Reveals the Secret Hobbies of Your Favorite Stars

SUMMARY: Students practice the correct usage of then and than while learning about the surprising hobbies of three celebrities. Skill focus: then vs. than

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THEN VS. THAN
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.

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SCOPE’S SKILLS AND GRAPHIC-ORGANIZERS LIBRARY
Visit our library for a list of basic skills activities for just about any Scope article or story, along with a collection of handy handouts.

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 Guide.

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TEACHER’S GUIDE

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

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