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The Scope Text Set: A Fantastic Teaching Resource

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If you love Scope, you’ll love the Scope Text Set. We’ve carefully curated 12 texts, including some of our favorite Scope features, and bundled them together to create one dazzling multi-genre resource around the theme of courage and resilience. Each text has been chosen to both challenge and inspire your students. When used with the suite of support materials that we’ve created, including lesson plans, quizzes, close-reading questions, and more, the Scope Text set is designed to help students think critically, read closely, and improve both their explanatory and narrative writing skills.    

Interested in trying the Scope Text Set in your classroom? Enter our contest here and you could win a set for your class today!

 

A Great New Fiction Contest for Your Students!

Hi teachers!

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:

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

The Mood Video You've Been Waiting For!

Check out our delightful new mood video! We made it to accompany our awesomely creepy play The Tell-Tale Heart, but you can use the video to prepare your students to explore the mood of any text.

 

 

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.

The Instructional Language Your Students Need to Know

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We've just finished putting the final touches on our newest glossary: academic terms!

This wonderful glossary is a great way to introduce your students to the instructional language they will encounter in activities, classroom discussions, and directions as well as on assessments.

There are lots of ways to use this glossary:

  • Project it on your whiteboard.
  • Upload it to Google Classroom.
  • Print it for students to keep in their binders.
  • Cut up the terms and use them as note cards.
  • Create posters to display around your classroom.

 

 

Find our other glossaries here.

The Scope Vocabulary Slideshow Is Here!

We have created a brand-new offering that we are totally obsessed with: a vocabulary slideshow!

It’s great for all your learners, but especially for auditory and visual learners, as well as your ELLs. You can use it on whiteboards, computers, laptops, and tablets. Be sure to do the interactive activity at the end—it's great for the whole class or small groups.

Tell us how YOU plan to use the slideshow in the comments below.

 

A Sneak Peek at Scope in 2016-2017!

Scope Sneak Peek screengrab

 

Hi Teachers!

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,
Kristin
Kelewis@scholastic.com

A Fantastic Descriptive Writing Activity! 

Have you seen our “You Write It” activity? If not, you’re in for a treat. It’s all about descriptive writing, and we can’t wait for you to try it with your class.

Here’s the scoop: We give your students a paragraph full of weak descriptions. Your students must jazz up the writing with sensory details, figurative language, and powerful verbs and adjectives. The activity is scaffolded but leaves room for your students to be creative.   

As always, we’ve created a suite of support materials to help you—including a model text and a lower-level version of the activity. Find these materials and more at Scope Online.

As with so many aspects of Scope, the inspiration for this activity came from you! Many of you have written to us asking for additional support with descriptive writing. Thank you for reaching out. And keep the suggestions coming!