Last spring, a teacher wrote to me asking for more diverse types of culminating activities to go with our articles—ideas that go beyond the kinds of writing expected of students on standardized tests. She was looking for ideas that would allow for more creativity while still fostering deep text analysis and critical thinking. My immediate reaction to her request? YES! YES! YES!
In the September issue of Scope, you and your students will meet two remarkable brothers: Francois and Cedric Jacob. In a lot of ways, they are just ordinary teens—they like hanging out, playing video games, going to school. But Francois and Cedric are also refugees.
This September, you and your students will read a short fiction story in Scope that is one of our absolute favorites: "Into the Storm" by Eleanora E. Tate. It's about a boy who becomes an unlikely hero and it explores ideas that will resonate with your students: feeling like an outsider, being teased, and above all, learning to be proud of who you are.