Friday, October 25, 2013

Using SCOPE Magazine to Teach the Classics



During the month of October, my language arts class studies the genre of horror. With big names like Edgar Allen Poe and Mary Shelley, we get into some dark subjects and some difficult vocabulary. To insure my kids can read and understand the stories written by these authors, I use adapted versions of the classics. Scholastic's READ magazine has created plays based on tales like THE TELL TALE HEART, FRANKENSTEIN and MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH.

This not only works on oral reading skills, but also allows for my "actors" to really engage with material which can be quite humorous. These reader theater plays also help my students who struggle with reading. With short lines, they feel more comfortable reading aloud. For my gifted students, they get a background on classics they will read in their honor's classes in high school.

Anytime you want to teach using classic literature, check out Scholastic to see if they have an adapted version for your teen readers. And honestly, I've found that once a story is introduced in this way more students check out the original version from the library on their own.

I can't wait to share my students POE masks with you next time. Until then, have a safe Halloween! Keep reading!


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