Scholastic announced Thursday the launch of Storyworks Jr., a new language-arts magazine created especially for third-graders, which is a critical year for solidifying children’s reading skills.
Storyworks Jr. is developed for the unique needs of younger developing readers and features cross-genre content, from simple informational texts to rich narrative nonfiction stories, plus short fiction, poetry, plays and paired texts.
Features of Storyworks Jr. include:
- 6 issues per school year with 32 pages of language-arts content.
- A Teacher’s Guide with lesson plans and instruction suggestions with each issue.
- Lexile-leveled content that is engaging and age-appropriate.
- Support materials that build foundational and comprehension skills.
- Differentiation tools that make the content accessible to readers of all levels: audio versions of feature stories, online access to lower-Lexile articles and activity sheets, videos to provide engagement and background knowledge, and anchor texts.
- Access to Storyworks Jr. Digital, an online version of the magazine with videos and support materials. Teachers can also participate on Storyworks Playbook, an online community where educators can share tips and inspiration for using Storyworks and Storyworks Jr. with their students.
To enable this content to be used for skills development and test readiness, the resource comes with a wide range of support materials, including videos, audio versions of articles, activity sheets, formative assessments and other resources.
According to Scholastic, these are designed to help teachers meet the most pressing language arts objectives.