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.

We delved into the Scope archives to bring you one of our most popular videos of all time: "Is It Ironic?" The video is delightful, interactive, and great for any time of year! Use it with your whole class or small groups.

Looking for some stellar grammar activities for your students? We've got just the thing!

Here at Scope HQ, we are deep into planning for next year. So check back soon to see all the new activities, article formats, and exciting stories that we’ll be bringing you.

Back in high school, my English teacher assigned us a paper analyzing Dylan Thomas’s “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night.” I was looking at the poem one morning when my homeroom teacher, Mr. Miller—who was also my French teacher—appeared at my desk with a box of colored pencils.

Scope stories and articles serve as great mentor texts for a variety of skills. We love this idea from Kim Wagner, a Scope advisor and middle school teacher, for modeling the integration of research into writing.