Have You Tried Our Writing Kits?

By Kristin Lewis
January 19, 2022

Did you know that Scope has writing kits to support all your students? These scaffolded guided-writing activities walk your students through the process of organizing their ideas and planning what they will write—whether it’s a narrative, poem, or essay. Keep reading to learn more.

1. Preparing to Write

Each feature in Scope comes with an after-reading writing contest. These contest prompts are often informational/explanatory but can also be narratives, argument essays, infographics, podcasts, and other genres. No matter the genre, each prompt is supported by a “Preparing to Write” activity, which helps students organize their ideas. Each kit includes a graphic organizer, many of which come on two levels.
Here’s one to try: “‘This Is the End of Chicago!’”

2. Story Planner

The Fiction In a Flash feature includes a super-short story with a spotlight on one literary element or device, followed by a writing prompt that asks students to write a sequel employing that same literary element or device. The narrative writing kit includes an activity that explores the literary element or device further, plus a graphic organizer to help students plan their sequel.
Here’s one to try: “The Nothing”

3. Poetry 

Scope’s poems are wonderful models for students to write their own. The poetry writing kit includes a poetry analysis activity and a writing planner.
Here’s one to try: “Three Things I Love”

4. Argument Essays

Every Scope Essay Kit and Scavenger Hunt debate comes with an activity (available on two levels) that guides students through the process of writing an argument essay—from gathering evidence to writing their hook and conclusion. You’ll also find a glossary of argument terms, a checklist, and a transition words handout.
Here’s one to try: “Should You Learn Cursive?”

5. Constructed Response

The Short Write Kit takes students through the process of writing a claim, supporting the claim with text evidence, providing commentary, and putting it all together into one flowing paragraph.
Here’s one to try: “A Toilet on the Moon”

6. Articles

The You Write It feature starts with a Q&A with an inspiring teen. Then students use the interview to write an article about that teen. The writing kit includes a step-by-step activity as well as a handout for quoting and paraphrasing.
Here’s one to try: “Teens’ Invention Keeps Drivers Safe”

You can find all our writing support materials on the Resources tab of any story, article, play, or poem, under the heading Writing Support.

I hope you’ll try these materials out with your students and tell me how it goes! I’d love to hear from you.


Kristin Lewis
Editorial Director, Scope
[email protected]
Twitter: @_KELewis

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