SyncBlasts

Develop Critical Thinking Skills Across Subject Areas

Boost 6–12 social studies engagement with inquiry-based SyncBlasts

SyncBlasts, powered by StudySync®, provides reading and writing assignments focusing on social studies and current event articles and offers students the opportunity to engage in a national conversation about topics that affect their world.

Supporting student inquiry and discussion, SyncBlasts assignments feature a variety of rich multimedia—including a news show, cinematic preview and explainer videos, podcasts, and skills videos—that help students build a complete understanding of a topic and construct an informed response.

SyncBlasts is an engaging and smart way to build critical thinking, writing, and research skills.

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How SyncBlasts Work

SyncBlasts pose a driving question to which students respond in a short-response format and include background research, an online student poll, peer review, and more.

New SyncBlasts are regularly published in the platform at three distinct Lexile®-levels. These SyncBlasts assignments challenge students to:

Build vital research, writing, and critical thinking skills and employ anonymous peer review and feedback.

Develop informed opinions on high-interest topics of cultural significance.

Participate in thoughtful discussions with an authentic audience of peers.

Express their opinions succinctly, in a familiar social media-like format.

Multimedia Components

Complementing the SyncBlasts are dynamic video and audio features that provide in-depth coverage of topics and skills to enhance learning.

Preview Videos


Designed like movie trailers, preview videos set the stage and provide background information for what is to come. Use these videos as an introduction to the subject and revisit for a big-picture view.

Explainer Videos


Short, fact-based videos focus on explaining an idea in a simple and compelling manner. Clear, concise language is paired with visuals, quickly teaching a concept prior to a deeper dive or discussion.

The Point News Show


These videos get to the point with news and global issues. Students watch and engage with newscasts produced with peer-aged students.

Spanish SyncBlasts


Published once weekly, Spanish SyncBlasts help English learners develop vital research, writing, inquiry, and critical thinking skills while engaging them across subject areas.