By Allison Friedman

Storyworks’s October/November nonfiction article is on a difficult but deeply important topic: the Syrian refugee crisis. It tells the moving story of two young brothers who leave war-torn Aleppo and make a new home in the United States. After reading the article, your students may have questions about the war in Syria, the plight of refugees, and what they can do to help. Here are four resources that you can use to continue the conversation...

By Thomasine Mastrantoni and Deborah Goldstein, the Link Ladies

While we Link Ladies love apps, this time we'll show you a new way to use Google Classroom. Knowing how many districts have “gone Google,” we want to share with you a way to modify how students engage with Storyworks text. Anytime we can find ways for kids to express what they understand and back it up with text evidence to “prove it,” we go for it...

By Susan Feudale

Editor's note: When 6th grade reading teacher Susan Feudale shared her method for teaching Storyworks' October/November fiction story "The Good Deed," we knew that we needed to share her ideas here on the Ideabook. If you missed Susan's first post, check it out here! Today we're thrilled to share the second activity she did with her students: a fun character analysis activity that brings the idea of character into students' own lives by having them analyze themselves...

By Susan Feudale

Editor's note: When 6th-grade reading teacher Susan Feudale from Kiski Upper Elementary school in Apollo, Pennsylvania, cracks open Storyworks, she unleashes her creative juices and her exceptional teaching. You'll love the way she took our October/November fiction story "The Good Deed" and developed an excellent writing extension activity that had her students working in groups to build their vocabulary and develop their writing chops. It's so clever and easy to try. Bonus: It can be used with any story, any genre, anytime...

By Aimee Dolan

We are always gushing over our truly amazing Storyworks teachers and their students. Adviser Debbie Ericksen, from Bridgewater, New Jersey, and her 4th-grade students are a perfect example of a Storyworks community coming together for a worthy cause. After Hurricane Harvey, her students read about the devastating effects of the storm on students just like themselves in the Houston area...

By Kara Corridan

“Do you have a pacing guide?” I’ll be honest. When teachers asked that question, I’d always cringe, for two reasons. Number one: we did not have a pacing guide. Number two: Creating one would be a huge undertaking. We’re a small team at Storyworks and Storyworks Jr., and with everything we’ve wanted to create for our resources, we just hadn’t had the opportunity to work on the kind of comprehensive pacing guide you deserve...