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Explaining our Genres

Storyworks Jr. is a multigenre ELA magazine for growing readers. Genres featured in the magazine include narrative nonfiction, fiction, paired texts, play, debate, poetry, Word Power, My True Story, grammar, and One Word, Three Ways/The Idiomizer. Here is an overview of what you’ll find in every issue!


Every issue of Storyworks Jr. offers a beautifully written and designed work of narrative nonfiction. Each six-page article delves into an important and highly engaging topic, often connected to social studies and science curriculums. Typical selections present natural disasters, significant events in history, and inspiring figures from the past or present.


Storyworks Jr. offers fiction by renowned children’s authors in every issue. Stories often have a social-emotional learning (SEL) focus and address issues relevant to elementary students, including friendships, fitting in, family dynamics, and challenging school situations.

Paired Texts

Our popular paired-text feature offers two texts united by topic or theme; for example, two nonfiction articles, or a nonfiction paired with a timeline, Topics often draw on science, social studies, current events, or social-emotional learning.


Every issue includes a read-aloud play, providing a perfect opportunity to practice fluency and learn about features of drama. Storyworks Jr. plays are often adapted from myths, fables, folktales, biographies, or significant historical events.


Every issue of Storyworks Jr. includes a debate on a hot-button topic for kids; for example, “Is TikTok Good for Kids?” or “Is it ever OK to lie?”

The debate comes with an online “opinion writing kit,” which guides students to write an essay supporting one side of the issue.


Each issue has a classic or contemporary poem by an acclaimed poet, accompanied by stunning artwork. Storyworks Jr. poetry is complex enough for lively discussions and lessons while remaining accessible and appealing to children. Poetry selections can usually be paired, by topic or theme, with another feature in the issue.

Mini Read

Mini Reads presens a short, high-interest nonfiction article. The accompanying Word Hunt activity prompts students to find words in the article that relate to the article’s topic; for example, “Find three nouns that mean odor.”

My True Story

Every issue includes presents a short, high-interest nonfiction article about a child students can relate to. Each My True Story feature includes an accompanying activity that helps students write a well-organized paragraph.


This fun feature focuses on one grammar skill per issue and offers students an opportunity to correct mistakes in passages on whimsical yet knowledge-building topics, such as facts about sports or greetings from around the world.

One Word, Three Ways/The Idiomizer

Every issue includes a fun vocabulary-building feature “The Idiomizer” is a superhero comic strip that introduces idioms, and “One Word 3 Ways,” which focuses on multiple-meaning words.