We can't wait for your students to read our riveting narrative nonfiction article, "Disaster in Space" by Lauren Tarshis. It's the fascinating story of the Apollo 13 mission and its near disastrous fate. After you've read and discussed the text with your class, send your students on their own mission to learn more with these fantastic resources.

It's a holiday tradition here at Scope to send you a favorite play from our archives. (What can we say? We love you!) This year, we chose one of our most popular dramas: The Gift of the Magi. It's the perfect winter break send-off for you and your students.

Editor's Note: Sixth-grade ELA teacher and Scope advisor Angel Barnsback recently told us about how she uses "expert groups" in her classroom to give students ownership of their learning. After analyzing a text as a class, Angel breaks the class into groups and assigns each group a close-reading question on which the group members will become experts, first learning and then teaching what they learned to their classmates.

 

We are obsessed with Kahoot and we think you will be too. It's a rare tool that engages all students, is great for multiple learning styles, creates opportunities for collaboration and interaction, and makes assessment a breeze. It's also super fun. Bonus!

Looking for authentic writing opportunities for your students? How about ways to recognize their work? Scope's writing contests are just the thing! With each issue of Scope, students have the chance to enter one of several writing contests and win a fantastic book hand-picked by Scope editors or some other fabulous prize. Share these 9 tricks with your students to increase their chances of winning!

 

Scope teacher advisor Kim Wagner recently shared a WOWSA classroom success story with us. Her students were struggling with how to use text evidence in their writing. Kim knew she needed to try something different—something that would provide them with lots of practice without becoming tedious. And she found just the thing: a writing strategy called R.A.C.E. (restate the question, answer the question, cite the evidence, explain the evidence). Check out her story below!