Hello teachers! Here at Scope HQ, we are always asking ourselves how we can best support you in your classroom: What problems can we help you solve? What challenges can we help you overcome? How can we help make your days more joyful?

When Gabrielle Posard was 12, she learned about the problem of food waste in America and decided to do something about it. We learned about Gabrielle while researching "This Apple Could Have Been Saved," which appears in the October issue of Scope. We were so inspired that we wanted to share her story with you and your students.

We are so excited about our new fiction contest. Superstar writer Lisa Yee, author of Millicent Min and Warp Speed, wrote three first lines to stories that do not exist. Your students choose their favorite line and use it as a jumping-off point to write their own short work of fiction.

Some of the best features in Scope began with input from YOU. And over the past few months, many of you have written to us asking for a short nonfiction text that can be completed in one period. So that is exactly what we've created: the Short Read!

When my students were struggling with multiple-choice questions on quizzes, I decided to try something new: hold a text evidence debate.

Kim O'Bray's colorful text marking activity is a key part of her close-reading process. Students engage deeply with the text by using colored pencils to mark everything from figurative language and unfamiliar vocabulary to central ideas and text structures.