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Your April 2021 Teacher's Guide

Dear Teachers,

    I wanted to point out a can’t-miss highlight of this issue: our adaptation of the Jason Reynolds short story “The Broom Dog.” We are beyond grateful to Jason for trusting us to make this delightful piece of fiction even more accessible for your striving readers, and we encourage you to extend the learning journey with some help from our online archives.

Here are three ways to use Action Digital for skills practice:

1- Read “The Superstar Author,” our short Mini-Read Q&A with Jason.  

2- Analyze “Characters,” his powerful haiku about why our words on social media matter.

3- Watch a video with Jason’s writing tips—then ask students to start their own story!

    You can find these resources by searching for “Jason Reynolds” at Action Digital or through the links in the story’s lesson plan. We can’t wait to hear what you think! 

Warmly,

Kim Tranell, Editorial Director

ktranell@scholastic.com

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Ready to get started? Here are our favorite teaching packages this month:

In the News: Is Gaming Good for You? 

Learn why gaming is on the rise and what that means for teens.

 

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See your teaching resources.

Nonfiction: The Killer Smog

Read about one of the deadliest environmental disasters in history.

 

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See your teaching resources.

True Teen: Kheris Fights Back

Meet a teen who turned being bullied into an opportunity to lift people up.

 

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See your teaching resources.

Read-Aloud Fiction: The Broom Dog

Analyze a powerful short story by author Jason Reynolds.

 

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See your teaching resources.

Paired Texts: Nugget Nation/Mac and Cheese Mania

Compare the surprising origin stories of two popular foods.

 

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See your teaching resources.

Debate: To Post or Not to Post?

Weigh the pros and cons of posting a video of someone behaving badly.

 

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See your teaching resources.