Each issue comes with debate, which my students are using to write opinion essays. They read both sides of an argument and then take a stand, with the ability to cite information from the text. The one we are working on now is Should Trampolines be Banned? It’s so interesting to read their opinions!
There is also a fiction and nonfiction article in each issue, as well as paired texts.
Another favorite of the students is the drama portion. It is often a reader’s theater which we act out in class. We just learned about theme using a Pandora’s Box play.