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.
Looking for authentic writing opportunities for your students? How about ways to recognize their work? Scope's writing contests are just the thing! With each issue of Scope, students have the chance to enter one of several writing contests and win a fantastic book hand-picked by Scope editors or some other fabulous prize. Share these 9 tricks with your students to increase their chances of winning!
Scope teacher advisor Kim Wagner recently shared a WOWSA classroom success story with us. Her students were struggling with how to use text evidence in their writing. Kim knew she needed to try something different—something that would provide them with lots of practice without becoming tedious. And she found just the thing: a writing strategy called R.A.C.E. (restate the question, answer the question, cite the evidence, explain the evidence). Check out her story below!
One of our missions in Scope is to bring your students content that will not only inspire and engage them but that will also help them understand that they have agency in their lives and in their communities. That's why we hope you'll share with your students an interview that we did with a remarkable young person who saw a problem and did something about it.
"Swimming for Her Life" in the November issue of Scope tells the amazing story of 18-year-old Yusra Mardini, an incredible athlete who fled her home country of Syria and went on to compete in the Rio Games last summer. We hope that her powerful story will inspire your students to learn more about the refugee crisis and the situation of refugees around the world—and what your students can do to help.
This Veteran's Day, we dug into the Scope archives to bring you a fascinating video about the hardworking dogs of the U.S. military. Your students will learn about the long history of military working dogs and how these four-footed soldiers save thousands of lives each year.