A Note from Kristin

On Our Minds: You

Hi teachers!

I recently received an email from a Scope teacher that moved me deeply. She had just retired and was going through some of her old materials, when she came across a letter I’d written to Scope teachers a couple of years ago. She told me that re-reading the letter touched her heart and reminded her of all the reasons she came to school each day.

Of course, I went and dug up that letter immediately. And so I am sharing this letter with you once again, because I mean every word as earnestly and deeply today as I did when I first wrote it.




You can read letter below:



Here is the transcript:


Dearest teachers,


I want to take a moment to say thank you to each and every one of you. Thank you for pouring your hearts and souls into your students’ learning. Thank you for working so tirelessly to help them become stronger readers, writers, and thinkers. Thank you for those long hours spent perfecting your lesson plans, grading (many!) essays, and coming up with creative ways to differentiate your instruction. Thank you for caring so much that you find yourself worrying about that one student into the wee hours of the night. Thank you for your creativity, your wisdom, your fortitude.

You inspire me. You are the reason we make this magazine. It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of your classroom. So thank you for doing what you do.

Thank you for being you.


Wishing you and your students a wonderful holiday,


We're Toasting You This Holiday Season!

Hello teachers,

Here at Scope, we feel quite blessed that we get to spend our days reading books and scouring libraries to research and write articles for you and your students. It seems like we discover something new and fascinating every day. (Visit our offices at any given time and you’re bound to hear, “I just discovered the COOLEST thing!”)

Creating the December 2016/January 2017 issue was no different. We learned all about the NASA space program for the nonfiction feature “Disaster in Space." We discovered how conservationists and scientists are working to save elephants and rhinos from poachers for the paired text “Can She Be Saved?” We explored the implications of Pokémon GO for the short read “How Pokémon GO Conquered the World." And we fell in love with the mythic hero Theseus in the play Into the Maze of Doom.

Fostering curiosity in your students is at the core of our mission. Our most fervent wish is that when your students open up their issues of Scope, they will feel the same thrill and fascination that we feel as we put the stories together—and that your students will be inspired to use the power of their own curiosity to learn more about themselves, their communities, and the world.

Wishing you and your students a wonderful holiday season!


Twitter: @_KELewis

7 Things to Love in Your First Issue

Kristin Lewis


Hi teachers!


As I write this note, I'm sitting at my window on a muggy and rainy New York City afternoon. This is one of my favorite places to reflect (especially when it's stormy), and my mind is abuzz with everything that happened this summer. I traveled with EF Educational Tours to Helsinki to learn about the educational system in Finland. (Read more about my trip here). The Scope team embarked on a fascinating research project to learn more about differentiation and how we can better serve the needs of your diverse classrooms. And we spent many coffee-fueled afternoons planning exciting new content for the upcoming year.


This first issue of the school year is the result of all those efforts, and I couldn't be more excited for it to arrive in your classrooms. Here are some exciting new offerings you can look forward to in your first issue:



1. Our talented designer Albert Amigo has given our short stories a fresh new look. Plus weve increased the length and complexity to make our fiction even more exciting and rigorous. Check out "Follow the Water," about a girl living on Mars, and the fantastic science pairing about what it would take to create a human colony there.





2. We’ve added new idiom activities, like this one, to support your ELLs. We will continue to refine them over the course of the year to make them even more useful.





3. We expanded our line of delightful (and useful!) skill-based videos. See the first one on mood here.




4. We know the importance of audio in your classroom. So we added more audio versions of our stories and articles as well as our vocabulary lists, like this.




5. Your first issue is packed with important and fascinating content. The featured nonfiction article about September 11 is particularly close to my heart. Read the story and watch the video here.




6. When it comes to writing tasks, nothing makes us happier than a prompt that is authentic, meaningful, and creative. So I am thrilled with the task that accompanies this article about how phones impact our manners: Students will create their own phone etiquette guides! Be sure to enter their work in our contest. I can't wait to see what they come up with!




7. We overhauled many of our activities to make them easier for your students to digest, while maintaining the rigor we know you need.




I hope we can stay in touch throughout the year. I always love hearing from you—so drop me a line with questions or comments. Even better? Let’s connect over Skype. Or if you’re in California or the tri-state area, I’d love to come visit your classroom.


Wishing each of you a joyful start to the year.



Twitter: @_KELewis

Welcome to the Scope Ideabook!

Hello teachers,

Here at Scope HQ, we are always asking ourselves how we can best support you in your classroom: What problems can we help you solve? What challenges can we help you overcome? How can we help make your days more joyful? 

In exploring these questions, we realized that we wanted to do more to help you use Scope to its fullest. So we decided to start this new forum, which we call the Scope Ideabook. It’s where we’ll share fabulous ways to use our resources in your classroom.

You’ll find great content such as how to use our infographics, our favorite methods for using audio articles, and windows into the writing and research process. We’ll also share some of the amazing ideas we get from Scope teachers who are using our resources in effective, creative, and innovative ways.

We hope you’ll share the ideas that you find here—and that you’ll share your ideas with us too. 

We are so honored to be a part of your teaching life.

All my best,

Twitter: @_KELewis