October 2013

 

SCOPE ONLINE
Skills-based reading and writing activities for each Scope article
Jump directly to an article’s resources:
NARRATIVE NONFICTION: Dying to Be Strong
DRAMA: The Dead Rising
PAIRED TEXTS: Surviving Hurricane Sandy
DEBATE/ESSAY KIT: Is the Bulldog Doomed?
THE LAZY EDITOR: Would You Let This Shark Bite You?
WRITING CONTEST: Fabulous First-Line Contest
GRAMMAR CHEERS THE MASCOTS: affect vs. effect
WHOLE-ISSUE REVIEW
ANSWER KEY
SKILLS AND GRAPHIC-ORGANIZERS LIBRARY
HELPFUL LINKS & DOWNLOADS

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Dying to Be Strong

SUMMARY: The tragic story of Taylor Hooton, a talented 17-year-old baseball player, sheds light on how the pressure to bulk up is contributing to steroid abuse among young people. Featured Skill: Cause and effect

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

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

EXPLORING CAUSES AND EFFECTS
Students identify causes and effects of steroid use from the article. Great preparation for the writing prompt on page 8. Note: This is a challenging activity, so we’ve provided two versions: CLOSE-READING AND CRITICAL-THINKING QUESTIONS
For printing or projecting. These questions also appear in the lesson plan.

THEMED VOCABULARY: Words Related to Steroids
Explore domain-specific vocabulary associated with steroid use. Great for whole-class and small-group work. 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.

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, so we’ve provided two versions: GRAMMAR SPOTLIGHT: Quoting and Paraphrasing
After discussing quoting and paraphrasing 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-13 of your Teacher’s Guide. Click here to learn more about our approach to grammar.

CONTEST ENTRY FORM
Students write a blog post challenging the reasons that young people take steroids. Click here to learn more about our contests.

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EXTRA RESOURCE
THE TAYLOR HOOTON FOUNDATION
Learn more about the organization founded by Taylor Hooton’s family to educate the public about the dangers of anabolic steroid use among young people.


The Dead Rising

SUMMARY: In this thrilling historical-fiction play, three teenagers meet a mysterious girl who tells them a story about a vampire panic that seized their New England town more than 100 years ago. We’ve also included a period newspaper article and a modern-day take on what happened. A spooky Halloween treat! Featured Skill: Synthesis

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

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AUDIO: Hear the newspaper article read aloud.
Perfect for struggling readers or as listening-comprehension practice for your entire class. Find more audio articles here.

DOCUMENT DIVE: Analyzing a Challenging Historical Document
Students explore the Providence Journal excerpt on page 13.

CLOSE-READING AND CRITICAL-THINKING QUESTIONS
For printing or projecting. 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!

CONTEST ENTRY FORM
Students make connections among the play, newspaper article, and essay in a two-paragraph response. Click here to learn more about our contests.

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EXTRA RESOURCE
MAP OF VAMPIRE INCIDENTS IN NEW ENGLAND
An interactive map with tons of information about the New England vampire panics from folklorist Michael Bell’s website in support of his book Food for the Dead.


Surviving Hurricane Sandy and After the Disaster

SUMMARY: Ever since Ariel Creamer’s waterfront town of Rockaway, New York, was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, the 14-year-old has worked to bring hope to her community. We’ve paired Ariel’s inspiring story with an essay that questions how best to rebuild after natural disasters. Featured Skill: Integrating key ideas and details

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

GET A PDF OF THIS ARTICLE TO PROJECT.
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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.

VIDEO: “Rebuilding Hope”
Ariel Creamer takes us on a guided tour of Rockaway in this amazing video. Not to be missed! Use these video-discussion questions to help students make connections with the article.

INTEGRATING KEY IDEAS AND DETAILS
Students make connections between the two articles.

CLOSE-READING AND CRITICAL-THINKING QUESTIONS
For printing or projecting. These questions also appear in the Lesson Plan. 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. 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.

CONTEST ENTRY FORM
A Tibetan saying states, “Tragedy should be utilized as a strength.” In a two-paragraph response, students explain what this saying means and how it applies to natural disasters. Click here to learn more about our contests.

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Is the Bulldog Doomed?

SUMMARY: Centuries of irresponsible breeding has left the bulldog with a host of health problems. Should we change the way we breed them? Students read arguments on both sides of this debate 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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EXTRA RESOURCE
AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB’S BULLDOG PAGE
Learn more about the bulldog from the AKC.


Would You Let This Shark Bite You?

SUMMARY: Students correct grammatical errors and revise sloppy writing in a short nonfiction article about Jeremiah Sullivan, who makes and sells shark-proof suits. You won’t believe how he tests them! Skill focus: Conventions of standard English; revision

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Please note: These activity sheets are print-only.

PRONOUN-ANTECEDENT AGREEMENT
Reinforcement for this key writing skill.

USING COMMAS WITH NONESSENTIAL CLAUSES
Students review the rules then practice using commas.

QUOTING AND PARAPHRASING
A practice activity to reinforce the rules of direct quotes and paraphrases—this issue’s Grammar Spotlight skill! For the grammar spotlight lesson, click here.

IRRELEVANT INFORMATION
Students find and remove extraneous details from formal writing.

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Fabulous First-Line Contest

SUMMARY: We are thrilled to announce this year’s First-Line Contest, in which your students help a famous author get started on a new story for Scope. This year’s author is the amazing Gary Paulsen! Skill focus: Understanding author’s purpose; writing hooks

GET A PDF OF THE CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENT TO PROJECT.
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VIDEO: What Is a Fabulous First Line?
A Scope classroom favorite—now new and improved! How can a first line grab readers’ attention? This video, which showcases some of our favorite first lines, will help students identify author’s purpose, tone, mood, suspense, and more in a great opener.

CONTEST ENTRY FORM
Have your students send us their best ideas for their chance to win big! Click here to learn more about our contests.


Grammar Cheers the Mascots

SUMMARY: Students practice using affect and effect while learning about three awesome mascots from the world of professional sports. Skill focus: affect vs. effect

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AFFECT VS. EFFECT
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.

MORE HELPFUL LINKS & DOWNLOADS
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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