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Your November 2020 Teacher's Guide

Dear Teachers,

Every November, we pause to think about what we’re thankful for, and this year, that feels more important than ever. Our lives look so different from anything we could have imagined, but counting our blessings always gives us the energy to keep going. Here at Action, we’re grateful for . . .  

  • YOU! Our community of creative and caring teachers. We’ve been floored by your ingenuity during an unprecedented back-to-school season and have loved connecting with you in our Action teacher Facebook group. Be sure to join if you haven’t already!
  • Our brilliant, thoughtful writers. This year we’re excited to feature fiction from groundbreaking authors like Jerry Craft and Jason Reynolds, as well as longtime contributors like Nora Raleigh Baskin. (Psst . . . your students can “meet” her in the author video for this month’s short story!)
  • Our readers—and young people in general. Today’s teens continue to blow us away with their courage and grit. Exhibit A: Native American activist Tokata Iron Eyes, the focus of our Paired Texts this month. Get ready to feel inspired!

What’s getting you through this challenging year? Email me, tweet at me—I love hearing from you!

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: The Race to the White House

Learn the key facts about this year’s elections.

 

Get the lesson plan.

See your teaching resources.

Nonfiction: Out of the Burning Darkness

The true story of a deadly mining disaster that changed America.

 

Get the lesson plan.

See your teaching resources.

True Teen: My Life With ADHD

LeAndra describes the challenges—and benefits—of having ADHD.

 

Get the lesson plan.

See your teaching resources.

Fiction: In the Game

On the court and off, Cory tries to do the right thing.

 

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See your teaching resources.

Paired Texts: Standing Up for Clean Water/Fighting for Native Land

One teen’s fight to protect her Native heritage and the health of our planet.

 

Get the lesson plan.

See your teaching resources.

Debate: Is It Wrong to Quit?

Two teens weigh in on whether you should stick with a hobby you hate.

 

Get the lesson plan.

See your teaching resources.