I am eager for your students to “bite” into October's paired texts; they are packed with fascinating (and gross!) details about dentistry practices of the past as well as great vocabulary and science connections.

Start the school year by using some of our most popular classroom ideas and activities from Scope teachers. From close-reading strategies to skill-building activities, these fabulous teacher-tested ideas use Scope to engage students in meaningful ways.

Many laws aren't enforced because they violate the U.S. Constitution—as explained in the Scope article "The Weirdest Laws in America." This article is a great way to kick off a discussion about the Constitution in celebration of Constitution Day.

After working on Scope's September narrative nonfiction "From War to America," we started reading an incredible new novel called Refugee by Alan Gratz. Now we're giving away five signed copies of this deeply important, meaningful, and timely book.

I love getting to speak with people who are doing amazing work. And lucky for me, I get to do that a lot! That's why I was especially thrilled to get a chance to interview Rachel Peric, the Deputy Director of Welcoming America, an organization that works with communities to help make immigrants feel welcomed in their adopted hometowns.

I hope you and your students are enjoying the September issue of Scope as much as I am. There are so many stories I love in the issue, but one of my favorites is the Short Read: “They Failed. (And So Can You.)”