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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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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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11 Alternatives to "Round Robin" (and "Popcorn") Reading

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3 Strategies to Improve Student Writing Instantly

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Tweeting the Read-Aloud: Engaging and Motivating Readers

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Start a Reading Revolution: Flip Your Class With Blogs

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Games : A Cheat Code into Learning (Vol.1)

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Making Sense of Words That Don't

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Creativity is the Secret Sauce in STEM

Science evangelist and Edutopia blogger Ainissa Ramirez turns STEM into STEAM through the amazing, artistic secret sauce of creativity.

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Week 1 of School: Selling the Value of Literacy

Eighth grade English teacher and writing project director Judy Jester reveals a sweet strategy for engaging her students as creative thinkers and advocates for their own literacy during the first week of school.

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Design 101 for Educators: 5 Simple Typography Tips

Author and communicator Jason Cranford Teague continues his Design 101 for Educators series with five simple typographic tips for presenting students with ideas and assignments.

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Design 101 for Educators: Choose Your Fonts Carefully

Jason Cranford Teague, author and observer, makes the case that your students' ability to retain information is connected to the fonts they're seeing on the page or screen.

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Troy Hicks: A Conversation About Digital Writing

Edutopia blogger Todd Finley speaks with Dr. Troy Hicks of the Chippewa Writing Project about crafting digital writing with students.

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Five Tips for Getting the ESL Student Talking

Marc Anderson, co-founder and CEO of TalktoCanada.com, offers five strategies for engaging English-language learners.

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"Poem" Is Not a Four-Letter Word

Fourth grade teacher Gregory Webster reveals his simple yet effective strategy for winning young people over to the art of poetry.

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Neuroscience and the Bilingual Brain

Blogger Judy Willis shares neuroscientific research suggesting that children growing up bilingual develop better focus and judgment.

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5 Ways Literature Can Teach Global Lessons in Elementary Classes

Guest blogger Becky Morales, creator of Kid World Citizen, offers five ideas for using literature about children and families in other parts of the world to broaden the minds of U.S. elementary students.

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PBL: What Does It Take for a Project to Be "Authentic"?

John Larmer of the Buck Institute for Education looks at the criteria determining whether or not project based learning is authentic, and how important this distinction might be.

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STEM and Writing: A Super Combination

Read how a quantum physicist, who was a guest speaker in a language arts classroom, inspired the imagination and writing of the middle school students.

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Game-Based Storytelling

Blogger Matthew Farber looks at video games as narratives, defines some game development terms, and suggests a range of tools and activities for students to tell their own stories through the gaming medium.

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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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Common Core in Action: How Two Science Teachers are Implementing Common Core

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller visits with two science teachers to learn how they are applying Common Core ELA standards to a subject not specifically addressed by the Common Core.

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