7 Things to Love in Your First Issue

Kristin Lewis


Hi teachers!


As I write this note, I'm sitting at my window on a muggy and rainy New York City afternoon. This is one of my favorite places to reflect (especially when it's stormy), and my mind is abuzz with everything that happened this summer. I traveled with EF Educational Tours to Helsinki to learn about the educational system in Finland. (Read more about my trip here). The Scope team embarked on a fascinating research project to learn more about differentiation and how we can better serve the needs of your diverse classrooms. And we spent many coffee-fueled afternoons planning exciting new content for the upcoming year.


This first issue of the school year is the result of all those efforts, and I couldn't be more excited for it to arrive in your classrooms. Here are some exciting new offerings you can look forward to in your first issue:



1. Our talented designer Albert Amigo has given our short stories a fresh new look. Plus weve increased the length and complexity to make our fiction even more exciting and rigorous. Check out "Follow the Water," about a girl living on Mars, and the fantastic science pairing about what it would take to create a human colony there.





2. We’ve added new idiom activities, like this one, to support your ELLs. We will continue to refine them over the course of the year to make them even more useful.





3. We expanded our line of delightful (and useful!) skill-based videos. See the first one on mood here.




4. We know the importance of audio in your classroom. So we added more audio versions of our stories and articles as well as our vocabulary lists, like this.




5. Your first issue is packed with important and fascinating content. The featured nonfiction article about September 11 is particularly close to my heart. Read the story and watch the video here.




6. When it comes to writing tasks, nothing makes us happier than a prompt that is authentic, meaningful, and creative. So I am thrilled with the task that accompanies this article about how phones impact our manners: Students will create their own phone etiquette guides! Be sure to enter their work in our contest. I can't wait to see what they come up with!




7. We overhauled many of our activities to make them easier for your students to digest, while maintaining the rigor we know you need.




I hope we can stay in touch throughout the year. I always love hearing from you—so drop me a line with questions or comments. Even better? Let’s connect over Skype. Or if you’re in California or the tri-state area, I’d love to come visit your classroom.


Wishing each of you a joyful start to the year.



Twitter: @_KELewis

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