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English Language Arts

Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in English language arts.

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Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing

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To Teach Effective Writing, Model Effective Writing

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The Un-Fallacy of Balanced Literacy

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Why Storytelling in the Classroom Matters

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Lack of reading skills, which require practice

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3 Technologies I Can't Live Without

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How to Design Projects Around Common Core Standards

A middle-school language arts teacher takes us through her step-by-step process for designing project-based units that are Common Core aligned.

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Stopping the Summer Slide in English Language Arts

Edutopia blogger Terry Heick suggests eight ways for teachers to prevent summer learning loss in the English language arts, including library dates, digital book clubs, and student blogs about topics that matter to them.

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To Teach Effective Writing, Model Effective Writing

Edutopia blogger David Cutler believes that the best writing teachers model writing for their students. He suggests six strategies, including continuing to hone your own craft and demonstrating the value of sharing finished work.

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Avoiding the Summer Slide in Reading and Writing

Edutopia blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron proposes ways to beat learning loss this summer such as creating an online forum where students post book reviews.

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Reading with Pictures: Serious Learning Through Comics

Edutopia blogger David Cutler shares his conversation with Josh Elder, creator of Reading With Pictures, about using comics as a strategy for engaging students to construct meaning while interacting with the pictures and text.

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5 Online Tools to Help Combat Plagiarism

Informatics teacher and guest blogger Melissa Burns explains that when students cheat on written assignments, teachers can find an array of online tools to help them spot plagiarism and identify the sources.

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Brain Movies: When Readers Can Picture It, They Understand It

Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers, brain-based teaching program developers and authors, encourage us to boost students' reading retention by training them to visualize meaning as well as paying attention to the words themselves.

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22 Simple Ideas for Harnessing Creativity in the Elementary Classroom

Kindergarten inclusion teacher Trisha Riche' inspires her students -- and her readers -- to play, learn and teach outside of the box.

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Techniques for Teaching Vocabulary to Elementary Students

Blogger Gaetan Pappalardo believes that using words in context and modeling inquisitiveness around words is the way to go. (Updated 01/2014)

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Kids Feel the Power of Poetry in Performance

Through slam poetry, students reach new heights in literacy and in life.

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Ideas for Using Minecraft in the Classroom

Blogger Andrew Miller explores ways to bring game-based learning to the classroom using Minecraft.

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Defining Differentiated Instruction

Differentiating instruction for a struggling student can begin with using graphic organizers, offering alternative assignments, and providing extended work time. (Updated 01/2014)

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Teaching Grammar: There Has to Be a Better Way (And There Is!)

When teaching grammar, guest blogger Steve Peha gets rid of the jargon and focuses on patterns.

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Summer Reading for Educators: My Favorites

Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips offers us his go-to list of what educators should be reading this summer.

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