Today’s guest post is from Kristin Lewis Senior Editor of Scope, a language arts publication for 6th-10th graders. But we call it THE “reading, writing and reality magazine for teens.” What’s the special occasion? Why the launch of Scope’s Facebook fan page, of course! But I’ll let Kristin tell you all about it…
Exciting news! We—the editors of Scope magazine—have just ventured into the social media universe with our very own fan page on Facebook! We want to get to know the language-arts teachers who use our magazine and we want them to get to know us. We also want to give teachers some “extras” to make their jobs a little bit easier and, well, more fun! That’s why we’ll be offering FB-exclusive weekly writing prompts, editorial recommendations, quizzes, and opportunities for teachers to tell us what they’re thinking.
As I went through Scope’s archive in search of vintage covers to add to our fan page (fun fact: Scholastic CEO Dick Robinson started Scope more than 40 years ago!), I had a chance to think about Scope and its place in literacy education today.
Naturally, this sent me flying through my own school memories. I landed in the third grade when my teacher, Mrs. Carlson, gave me a book that changed my life: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. The imaginative narrative fired up my love of reading, and I was captivated by that story like nothing else before it. When I reached the last page, I was so upset the story was over that I decided to write a sequel—the book made me want to write. (Good move, Mrs. Carlson!)
Today, Scope, like so many educators across the nation, has a lot more to compete with in the 21st century than my teacher Mrs. Carlson did: video games, the Internet, text messaging, You Tube—the list goes on. At Scope, our job is to meet these teens where they are, and then inspire them to dig deeper, go further, and reach higher. That’s why we’re making a few changes in the way we deliver content.
Next year, among the many exciting features we’ll be offering are power points on our website, dynamic interactive whiteboard activities and anchor videos—all to help the pages of Scope engage student readers. We will continue to provide 10+ free skills-based online worksheets per issue, as well as read-aloud plays adapted from classic novels and new movies. (This year we did such on-screen hits as Invictus and The Blind Side! We will also offer a steady diet of stimulating debates, juicy nonfiction excerpts, and vocabulary-building exercises. And our step-by-step writing articles make crafting a thesis statement or formulating the perfect haiku a friendly and empowering experience.
My wish is for all students to have the life-long love affair with language that I’m having, to experience through reading and writing the magic that can happen in one’s imagination. At Scope magazine, I like to think we’re helping to sustain that passion. We hope you’ll stop by our fan page and say hello, have a look around, and stay awhile!
—Previously On Our Minds:
* What magazine got you started?
* 5 Questions with Scholastic media maven Marie Morreale
* MATH Magazine editor takes on The Times