Here at Scope, we are OBSESSED with mentor sentences and how they can be used to develop students' grammar skills and writing confidence. In fact, we're cooking up a brand-new mentor-sentence activity right now!

What better way to start off October than with our delightfully creepy play based on W.W. Jacobs’s classic short story, The Monkey’s Paw? It’s full of rich description, figurative language, and chilling irony. And the best part? We have the perfect skills-based video to transform the play into a fantastic lesson on mood.

When I wrote "Our World Turned to Water", the nonfiction feature for the October issue of Scope, I never imagined that when it came out, millions of people in Houston and Florida would be facing the aftermath of terrible storms or that across the west, many would be dealing with devastating wildfires.

I am eager for your students to “bite” into October's paired texts; they are packed with fascinating (and gross!) details about dentistry practices of the past as well as great vocabulary and science connections.

Start the school year by using some of our most popular classroom ideas and activities from Scope teachers. From close-reading strategies to skill-building activities, these fabulous teacher-tested ideas use Scope to engage students in meaningful ways.

Many laws aren't enforced because they violate the U.S. Constitution—as explained in the Scope article "The Weirdest Laws in America." This article is a great way to kick off a discussion about the Constitution in celebration of Constitution Day.