Sixth-grade teacher and Scope advisor Fran Squires explores literary elements, mood, author's craft, and research skills with students with her creative Edgar Allan Poe project.

Scope's October nonfiction feature, "The Flaming Sky," tells the gripping story of the Hindenburg disaster in 1937. But 26 years earlier, a different disaster shook the world: the sinking of the Titanic. The two iconic tragedies are often compared. So we dug up our narrative nonfiction article about the Titanic from our archives just for you and your students. Here's how we suggest you compare and contrast the Hindenburg and the Titanic.

Scope's Debate/Scavenger Hunt provides a fun and engaging way for students to read and evaluate two texts with opposing points of view. Students will practice analyzing two sides of an argument, complete a text-marking activity, participate in a lively classroom debate, and then use our Essay Kit to write their own argument essays.

We LOVE this idea from Lisa King, a middle-school teacher in North Richland Hills, Texas. Students gain a deep understanding of the text while practicing six key reading skills and building reading stamina.

We’ve carefully curated 12 texts, including some of our favorite Scope features, and bundled them together to create one dazzling multi-genre resource around the themes of courage and resilience.


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.