We are so excited about our new fiction contest. Superstar writer Lisa Yee, author of Millicent Min and Warp Speed, 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. 

Some of the best features in Scope began with input from YOU. And over the past few months, many of you have written to us asking for a short nonfiction text that can be completed in one period. So that is exactly what we've created: the Short Read!

When my students were struggling with multiple-choice questions on quizzes, I decided to try something new: hold a text evidence debate.

This Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of September 11. It’s hard to imagine that most of your students were not even alive on that day when I can still vividly remember every moment of it. I remember sitting in my 5th-grade classroom and hearing my principal announce what had happened. I remember standing on a street corner with my mom while we watched the smoke rise up from Lower Manhattan. I remember watching the news and seeing the Towers falling again and again.

Check out our delightful new mood video! We made it to accompany our awesomely creepy play The Tell-Tale Heart, but you can use the video to prepare your students to explore the mood of any text.

Kim O’Bray’s colorful text marking activity is a key part of her close-reading process. Students engage deeply with the text by using colored pencils to mark everything from figurative language and unfamiliar vocabulary to central ideas and text structures.