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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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Start a Reading Revolution: Flip Your Class With Blogs

By adding blogs to a flipped ELA class, teachers present literacy as a design challenge where words, images, and format serve to express students' ideas.

The NaNoWriMo Project: The Birth of Student Novelists

Middle school ELA teacher Laura Bradley describes how the National Novel Writing Month Project turned her eighth-graders into motivated, inspired novelists.

Common Core in Action: Using Digital Storytelling Tools in the ELA Classroom

A storytelling app helps students use technology to produce and publish writing, collaborate with others, and hit the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing.

Want to Take Over My Class? Be My Guest!

With the guest journal exercise, a literary show-and-tell taps into students' passions, gives them agency, and helps develop their thinking on a variety of subjects.

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Start a Reading Revolution: Flip Your Class With Blogs

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Using Literature to Teach Social Justice

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How Reading Literature Cultivates Empathy

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Teaching Honor

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Making Sure They Are Learning

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Teaching Journalism in the 21st Century: A Conversation with William Zinsser

Teacher David Cutler relates his conversation with renowned journalist William Zinsser about making the transition from print to digital media and how, in the end, good journalism is still good journalism.

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Beyond the Book: Infographics of Students' Reading History

Teacher, blogger and book evangelist Sarah Gross describes how, by introducing her students to infographics and applying this medium to their own reading history, she inspired them to fall in love with books

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Complex Texts: Guiding Readers One Step at a Time

First grade teacher and literacy consultant Maria Walther offers a few simple but effective steps to guide beginning readers into complex texts.

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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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Nine Strategies for Reaching All Learners in English Language Arts

Middle school English language arts teacher Hassan Mansaray shares how he uses an individualized learning model, Readers and Writers Workshop, to reach his students in an expanded learning time program.

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Bringing Web Tools to Gatsby's Party: A Digital Path into a Jazz Age Classic

English teacher and author Lee Ann Spillane walks us through her students' discovery of a classic American novel by way of 21st century web tools.

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Free Apps to Support Vocabulary Acquisition by ELLs

Teacher, one-to-one advocate and blogger Monica Burns shares some of her favorite free apps for supporting English-Language Learners' vocabulary acquisition.

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How Reading Literature Cultivates Empathy

Edutopia blogger Elena Aguilar proposes that, as the Common Core rolls in, teachers will have to make strategic decisions about when and how to integrate literature.

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The Fever Dream: A Personal Narrative Exercise

Blogger and Professor Todd Finley shares his personal speed-driven narrative writing exercise.

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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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There is an "E" in STEM!

Eric Brunsell, Assistant Professor of Science Education, shares the three general principles for engineering education. Included is a vast list of resources on ways to weave engineering concepts into the classroom.

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Hip-Hop Helps Teach Everything from English to Algebra

The musical language of the street has new fans: teachers, who are using it as a classroom tool.

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Want to Take Over My Class? Be My Guest!

With the guest journal exercise, a literary show-and-tell taps into students' passions, gives them agency, and helps develop their thinking on a variety of subjects.

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16 Resources for National Poetry Month

Guest Blogger Marc Anderson, a tech-based ELL specialist, gives us an online tour of 16 favorite resources for teaching poetry in the classroom, with offerings from internationally acclaimed poets, student poets, and everything in between.

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