This activity is a great wrap up after teaching the various essay genres to your students. I started doing this activity about fifteen years ago with 7th and 8th grade Gifted Students. I've also used it in regular 7th through 9th grade. It can also work well with 10th graders. Students love the idea of sitting around and reading magazines all period! I used to bring in muffins to enjoy while reading. (The students' homework was to bring in their own beverages.) This was a treat for them! And they saw that the essay genres that we studied and wrote actually exist in real life. HINT: Try to find some really old Reader's Digests--the students love it! They learn a lot about history and pop culture with the older magazines.