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Poetry Month: The Practical Applications of Self-Expression

Poetry can boost adolescents' language skills and fulfill their need for self-expression -- if presented as an art form that has relevance to their lives.

Word Up: The Must Dos of Vocabulary Instruction

Do you display words and use those words daily in class? Check out these five must dos for teaching vocabulary.

Igniting Student Writer Voice with Writing Process Strategies

Different strategies can motivate different kinds of writers. Try free writing or journaling for the prewrite, and the RAFT model or window activity for the draft.

A Hunger for Dystopia: Critical Thinking on the Journey to Self-Discovery

Contemporary dystopian fiction, including The Handmaid's Tale and The Hunger Games, offers young people a mirror for their society's fears, flaws, shortcomings, and injustices.

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.

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Why New Rules Make it Harder to Teach Literature

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Creating a Love of Poetry in Middle School

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To Teach Effective Writing, Model Effective Writing

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Making Sense of Words That Don't

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Writing Strategies for Students With ADHD

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Read With Me: 5 Tips to Foster a Love for Reading

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5 Reasons to Try iBooks Author

Edutopia blogger Monica Burns shows us why iBooks Author appeals to teachers and students alike: it's easy to learn, you can build customized textbooks and showcase student work -- plus, it's cool!

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Using Superhero Comics to Teach English and History

Guest blogger David Cutler suggests that classic superheroes and the medium of comic books can engage students as well as (or better than) more traditional texts in teaching plotting, character development and U.S. history.

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Android Apps: Math, ELA and Video Streaming

Edutopia blogger Monica Burns, recognizing that not all mobile users have iPhones, focuses on attention-grabbing Android apps for elementary and middle grades math and ELA, along with resources for streaming quality video content.

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8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language

Edutopia blogger Todd Finley explains how academic language differs from social language and offers eight specific strategies for teaching the vocabulary that students require to succeed in the Common Core and on the SAT.

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Udio: A Technology-Rich Literacy Experience for Students with Reading Disabilities

Guest blogger Ted Hasselbring, a research professor in Special Education at Vanderbilt University, introduces Udio, an online environment designed to engage and support middle school students who face literacy challenges.

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Projects to Engage Middle School Readers

Edutopia blogger Beth Holland turns to apps that can engage middle school readers in a deeper understanding of narrative elements, character study and author intent.

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Does Spelling Count?

Guest blogger Shira Loewenstein, asked by her students whether spelling counts, comes back with a fascinating question of her own: why is the continuum of learning broken down into a handful of unrelated subjects?

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Teachers Shake Up Shakespeare with Digital Media

Rap and film bring the Bard's characters to life for high school students.

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George Lucas on Teaching Visual Literacy and Communications
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George Lucas: Teaching "Communication"

An interview with the founder and chairman of the George Lucas Educational Foundation on the new visual language of learning and teaching.

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How to Write Dialogue that Matters: Lessons from Aaron Sorkin

Todd Finley offers another entertaining peek into the mind of a writing teacher, this time examining how we can learn a lot about creating dialogue from popular screenwriter Aaron Sorkin.

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5 Reasons to Try iBooks Author

Edutopia blogger Monica Burns shows us why iBooks Author appeals to teachers and students alike: it's easy to learn, you can build customized textbooks and showcase student work -- plus, it's cool!

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Inventing Infographics: Visual Literacy Meets Written Content

As the density of visual information increases, consider introducing your students to infographics as a means of more thoughtfully engaging with and creating written content.

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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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Object(ive) Writing: A Creative Exercise for the Composition Classroom

Kerri Flinchbaugh, a writing program administrator in eastern North Carolina, documents a simple yet unusual exercise to unlock creativity, craft and self-examination in writers of any age.

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