Inside Each Issue of Scope
"Scope" is packaged to look like many of the popular teen magazines. There is a bright, colorful cover photograph of a public figure in whom most teenagers are interested. Recent covers have featured the Jonas Brothers, the Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, the victorious Barack Obama, and teen actress Demi Lovato. The text and subheadings on the cover are bright and bold -- designed to capture the reader's attention.
Inside the front cover is the table of contents, and a list of six new vocabulary words from the "SCOPE 100" -- 100 SAT/ACT words that are incorporated in issues of "Scope" throughout each school year. Other activities include non-fiction features ranging from a half-page to two pages in length, each of which has a short writing prompt at the end. These prompts are usually creative or persuasive in nature: in the January 5, 2009 issue, an article about a giant coffee cup-shaped sculpture in London is followed by a story prompt asking the reader to write a story about someone who "wakes up to find that objects, like coffee cups, are gigantic."
Each article also features a readers' theater that has been adapted from a work of literature: recent issues have had adaptations of Journey to the Center of the Earth and The Hound of the Baskervilles. These are designed to build fluency as struggling readers work to perform their parts, and these adaptations are followed by questions designed to resemble state reading assessments.
Wrapping up the issue are four features: a profile of a teenager who is excelling in the arts, entertainment, or sports, a writing piece that needs editing for either punctuation or common misspellings, a vocabulary matching and fill-in-the-blank activity with all of the SCOPE 100 words from the issue, and then a crossword puzzle that ties the whole issue together.