We delved into the Scope archives to bring you one of our most inspiring plays for Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Teen Freedom Fighters. Your students will be riveted by this story of two teenagers who participated in the historic 1965 protest marches in Selma, Alabama, led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

The article "Can She Be Saved?" in your December/January issue is one of our all-time favorites. It's about Ishanga, an orphaned baby elephant who nearly died after poachers killed her mother. Though Ishanga's story has a happy ending, the global problem of poaching continues to decimate wildlife, particularly in parts of Africa and Asia. We hope your students will be inspired to learn more about poaching, including why it's a problem and what can be done to solve it.

Here at Scope, we feel quite blessed that we get to spend our days reading books and scouring libraries to research and write articles for you and your students. It seems like we discover something new and fascinating every day. (Visit our offices at any given time and you’re bound to hear, “I just discovered the COOLEST thing!”)

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.