As a Professional Learning Community (PLC) team leader and a 6th-grade English teacher, Jim Meininger (who is also a Scope advisor) had been using Scope quizzes to practice constructed-response questions all year. In January, his students were still making many of the same mistakes they'd been making in September. So Jim and his PLC colleagues decided to unify their teaching across the grade to identify any instructional weaknesses, and help students improve their constructed responses. Here's how they did it.
We often hear from teachers that finding and using text evidence is one of the most challenging skills for students to master. That's why we are so excited about our teacher-tested Core Skill Activity: Using Text Evidence. (And we hope that you will be too!)
It's testing season, and Scope has you covered! Check out six of our test-readiness faves.
We are delighted by the way 6th-grade teacher and Scope advisor Kathy Walseman uses the Scope answer key to model constructed response!
We've got a special treat for you: a free short story to pair with our March narrative nonfiction feature, "Black Sunday." This original work of short fiction was written just for Scope by Rebecca Behrens, one of our author faves. It's the story of a family on the Southern Plains that lived through Black Sunday—the most devastating dust storm in American history.
We can’t wait for your students to read our thrilling play War of the Worlds in the March issue of Scope. It's based on the classic alien-invasion novel by H.G. Wells. Your students may not be familiar with the story of the famous 1938 radio broadcast of “War of the Worlds” by Orson Welles. Some listeners at the time thought that real aliens were actually invading Earth. To help your students connect the play to this important moment in American history, we've put together this fantastic list of resources and discussion questions.