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Teaching Tough Topics

February 2016 •  How to approach this issue's powerful paired-text feature in your classroom. This issue, we have a special paired-text feature, “My Dad Is in Prison,” which explores what it's like to have an incarcerated parent. To help you approach this important, but sensitive, topic, I enlisted the help of the The Osborne Association...

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I Can’t Wait For You To Read My Story!

January 2016 • A (slightly gross) twist on our classic debate/essay kit. I wish I were one of those people who could look at a cockroach and stamp it to smithereens without a second thought, but alas I am SO not. Even though I am about a million times larger than a typical cockroach, it seems as scary and enormous to me as Godzilla...

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One Video, Three Ways

December 2015 • Our easy-to-use new video is a nimble resource! -  I hope you have all had a chance to watch our new video: The Scope Five: How to help prevent overuse injuries. It’s the first in a new line of videos we will be creating for use with our health-related stories and articles. These videos will give students clear, simple advice on how to address all sorts of problems they might face in life...

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A Clever Way To Use Our Answer Key

November 2015 • (Let Your Students Take a Peek!) - I love hearing about all the wonderful ways you are using Scope in your classroom. (You never cease to amaze and inspire me!) In fact, one reason we started this blog was to create a place to share such ideas. So when Kathy Walseman...

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A Do-It-Now Poetry Activity

November 2015 • “Paul Revere’s Ride” and this issue’s play: a text set made in ELA heaven - We can’t wait for you and your students to dig in to this issue’s play, Girl. Fighter. Hero. It’s based on the true story of super-girl Sybil Ludington, who risked her life to raise the militia during the American Revolution...

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