We have put together a fantastic teaching kit for you and your students to use this Earth Day (April 22). The kit includes guiding questions, additional resources, and an extension activity to use after students read two texts in the April issue of Scope: a short informational article called “When Mosquitoes Were Killers in America,” about the fight against malaria, and a play called The Poison Sky, about Rachel Carson's crusade against the mass spraying of the pesticide DDT.
In the April 2017 narrative nonfiction article "Betrayed By America," Scope editor and author Kristin Lewis tells the story of Bill Hiroshi Shishima—an 11-year-old American boy of Japanese heritage who, along with 120,000 other Japanese Americans, was forced to live in an internment camp during World War II. To go deeper into this topic, we've put together a list of incredible resources and essential questions for you and your students.
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.