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.

Scope's glossary academic terms is a great way to introduce your students to the instructional language they will encounter in activities, classroom discussions, and directions as well as on assessments.

Here at Scope, a big part of our mission is to open doors of curiosity for your students, to inspire them to pursue what fascinates them, and to help them become learners not only in the classroom, but outside of it as well. And what could be more fascinating than our Mars extravaganza in the September issue?