We have put together a fantastic teaching kit for you and your students to use this Earth Day (April 22). The kit includes guiding questions, additional resources, and an extension activity to use after students read two texts in the April issue of Scope: a short informational article called “When Mosquitoes Were Killers in America,” about the fight against malaria, and a play called The Poison Sky, about Rachel Carson's crusade against the mass spraying of the pesticide DDT.
As a Professional Learning Community (PLC) team leader and a 6th-grade English teacher, Jim Meininger (who is also a Scope advisor) had been using Scope quizzes to practice constructed-response questions all year. In January, his students were still making many of the same mistakes they'd been making in September. So Jim and his PLC colleagues decided to unify their teaching across the grade to identify any instructional weaknesses, and help students improve their constructed responses. Here's how they did it.
We often hear from teachers that finding and using text evidence is one of the most challenging skills for students to master. That's why we are so excited about our teacher-tested Core Skill Activity: Using Text Evidence. (And we hope that you will be too!)
It's testing season, and Scope has you covered! Check out six of our test-readiness faves.