Your April 2021 Teacher's Guide
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!
Kim Tranell, Editorial Director
Ready to get started? Here are our favorite teaching packages this month:
In the News: Is Gaming Good for You?
Nonfiction: The Killer Smog
True Teen: Kheris Fights Back
Read-Aloud Fiction: The Broom Dog
Paired Texts: Nugget Nation/Mac and Cheese Mania
Debate: To Post or Not to Post?