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.

After working on Scope's September narrative nonfiction "From War to America," we started reading an incredible new novel called Refugee by Alan Gratz. Now we're giving away five signed copies of this deeply important, meaningful, and timely book.

I love getting to speak with people who are doing amazing work. And lucky for me, I get to do that a lot! That's why I was especially thrilled to get a chance to interview Rachel Peric, the Deputy Director of Welcoming America, an organization that works with communities to help make immigrants feel welcomed in their adopted hometowns.