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.

We've put together some wonderful resources and extension activities for you and your students to delve into after they read and discuss "Black Sunday," Lauren Tarshis's riveting article in the March 2017 issue of Scope about the dust storms that ravaged the American Southern Plains during the 1930s. Enjoy!

 

Here at Scope, one of our favorite things about nonfiction is how it can open doors to further learning for students. A window into the writing and research process for nonfiction can be just as engaging as the topic of a nonfiction story itself.

If there’s one online resource our teachers can’t get enough of, it’s videos. The most consistent piece of feedback we hear about them is “more, please!” Here’s a quick glimpse at what went into the Behind the Scenes video for Scope's March 2017 nonfiction feature article, “Black Sunday.”

Scope is now offering a lower-level version of our nonfiction feature with each issue of the magazine. At 800-900 Lexile, these lower-level texts are ideal for your ELLs and struggling readers.