We are so excited that one of our favorite writers, Gordon Korman, author of Restart and Swindle, is joining us for this year's Write-a-Story contest! Gordon 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.

We've put together three quotes about gratitude for you and your students. You can use the quotes as a bell ringer or do-now activity. Perfect for the week of Thanksgiving!

Exploring Genre is a delightful activity that helps students analyze a Scope story through the lens of genre.

We were completely gripped by story of the biggest non-nuclear explosion in history: The 1917 Explosion in Halifax Harbor. One of our favorite resources we came across was an interactive timeline of the collision of the Mont-Blanc and the Imo.

The fascinating video will take your students back in time to the 1770's when people shopped at general stores, rode in horse-drawn carriages, and fought bloody battles for independence.

As the holiday season approaches, I wanted to share one of my favorite poems with you: “Three Gratitudes” by Carrie Newcomer. The poem is a refreshing, beautiful take on the Thanksgiving tradition of naming what you’re grateful for.