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Designed by the Common Core experts at Scholastic Scope magazine, this 32-page best-of collection explores the theme of courage through 12 different genres.
Unique Collection of Engaging, Rigorous, and High-Quality Texts all connect to the theme of courage and resilience
Designed for the Common Core to build analytical reading and writing skills using complex texts across many genres
Essential Questions guide students through purposeful reading, culminating in challenging learning tasks that prepare students for Common Core assessments
Core Skills Focus, including using text evidence, critical thinking, close reading, domain vocabulary, and key writing areas that are demanded by the Common Core (argument, expository, narrative)
Step-by-step Lesson Plans for each article and directions on combining texts—for exciting and challenging reading and writing adventures
Exceptional Online Support includes scaffolded activities, differentiated writing tasks, and quizzes modeled on PARCC and Smarter Balance
Culminating Performance Tasks emphasize collaboration and research and exciting and real-life projects
What do extraordinary hardships reveal about the human spirit?
NARRATIVE NONFICTION: "The Invincible Lexi Youngberg"
The amazing true story of a teenager girl who lost her leg in a boating
PRIMARY DOCUMENT: Letter by a Civil War veteran and amputee
INFOGRAPHIC: Prosthetics of Tomorrow
What power does community offer to its members?
FICTION: "Wind" by Roland Smith
A girl learns about the power of community when a hurricane strikes her
FIRST PERSON ACCOUNT: "I Survived the Henryville Tornado"
A young survivor shares insights after a powerful tornado hits his town.
VIDEO: "Surviving Hurricane Sandy: Rebuilding Hope"
A young girl turns her grief to hope with a program to match Sandy survivors to donors.
How do people react in the face of injustice?
DRAMA: "Teen Freedom Fighter"
A group of teens risk their lives to march with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
PRIMARY DOCUMENT: Newspaper Article
A 1965 account of the march to Montgomery
INFORMATIONAL TEXT: "The Voting Rights Act of 1965"
The landmark legislation that changed America
How can failure be an important experience?
ARGUMENT ESSAY: "Why Failure is the Secret of Success"
An essay about the importance of messing up
SPEECH: "Finding Joy in Overcoming Obstacles" by Helen Keller
An excerpt from Helen Keller’s speech about enjoying challenges
POEM: "Invictus" by William Ernest Henley
This classic poem embodies the major themes of the Reader.
Audio version included!