We can't wait for your students to try this delightful vocabulary activity! Students practice using new words they have learned by applying them to the titles and summaries of imaginary books.
Check out the vocab activity for the article "Black Sunday" (March issue of Scope), then scroll down to for ideas on using the activity in your classroom.
Here's how to use this vocabulary activity:
1. Review the vocabulary words and definitions.
2. Have students complete the book title activity either on their own or as a group.
3. Have students come up with their own book title activity, using the Scope activity as a model. Encourage them to be creative!
4. Partner students up to complete each other's activities.
The entries are pouring in for Scope's very first Write-a-Story contest, in which your students write a short story using a first line by Lisa Yee. If your students haven't entered yet, they still have time—but not much. The deadline is March 10th.
Say hello to Viv, our intrepid Contest Coordinator!
Remember, if your student wins, he or she will get $100 and YOU will get a free year's subscription to Scope plus a class set of Lisa Yee's novel Warp Speed. For more info, including rules and how to enter, visit the Write-a-Story website.
Wishing your students happy writing!
Drumroll please! Check out our latest 60-second teacher workshop—all about how to use Scope's narrative nonfiction articles in your classroom. Think of it as mini-PD!
And don't miss our teacher workshop video on paired texts.
Enjoy and share with your colleagues!
Watch the 60-Second Teacher Workshop Video: Narrative Nonfiction
We are so excited about our new fiction contest. Superstar writer Lisa Yee, author of Millicent Min and Warp Speed, wrote three first lines to stories that do not exist. Your students choose their favorite line and use it as a jumping-off point to write their own short work of fiction. We encourage you to get started with your class now, so that your students have plenty of time to revise as you explore the elements of fiction, including plot, character, setting, and to revise.
The deadline for submissions is March 10, 2017. (The winner will be announced in May 2017.)
To help you, we've put together a wonderful set of resources:
- Contest flyer (with Lisa’s three first lines)
- Entry form
- Rules and guidelines
- Checklist for writers
- Lisa's short story “Girl Can’t Dance” (a great model text!)
Also, check out this delightful video in which Lisa reveals what she’s looking for in a short story and offers some awesome writing tips.
The winning student will receive $100. We’re also offering YOU a prize. If one of your students wins, you will get a free one-year subscription to Scope for your class and a class set of Lisa's wonderful novel Warp Speed. For more, visit the contest page.
We hope that all your students will be inspired by Lisa’s first lines! We can’t wait to read what they come up with.
How do you plan to use this contest with your students? Tell us about it in the comments below.
Sari Wilson is Scope's Fiction Editor
IDEA! If you want to go deeper, have students make their own mood videos, using ours as a model.
We're taking requests! What skill should we explore in our next video? Let us know in the comments below.
Here at Scope HQ, we are deep into planning for next year. So check back soon to see all the new activities, article formats, and exciting stories that we’ll be bringing you. In the meantime, we’ve made this special sneak preview video to give you a glimpse of what’s in store. Have a look!
All my best,