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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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How to Instill the Love of Reading

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A Facebook Status Can Be a Starting Point for Hesitant Writers

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8 Fantastic Apps for Summer Reading on iPads

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Common Core, Critical Thinking and Aesop's Fables

Guest blogger and children's author Vincent Mastro uses Aesop's fables as a jumping-off point for teaching critical thinking when he asks young students 'what if?' and filters their answers through 'it depends.'

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March Madness Meets AP Lit

Guest blogger Brian Sztabnik uses the NCAA bracketing model to whip his AP Lit class into a literature-embracing frenzy as they rank their votes to determine the best poem or novel they've read all year.

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Barbaric Yawp in the 21st Century: Using Tech to Engage Budding Poets

Edutopia blogger Beth Holland urges teachers to inspire their students' love for poetry by introducing it in a context that makes sense - creative use of the technology that young people are already using.

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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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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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8 Ways to Use Music in the Language Arts Classroom

Blogger Heather Wolpert Gawron suggests ideas for bringing music into your language arts classroom such as using commercial jingles to teach persuasive writing techniques.

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Feeding Our Students' Reading Interests with RSS

Guest blogger Troy Hicks, an associate English professor with a technology focus, presents RSS as an essential tool for bringing students reading material that interests them, and how to use it for leveraging critical reading practice.

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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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Using "Music Writing" to Trigger Creativity, Awareness, Motivation, and Poetry

The Contemplation Music Writing Project develops communication skills, creative self-expression, character education, and values clarification in young people through reflection, writing, discussion, and self-assessments.

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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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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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Why Do We Have to Write Today?

The ever-creative Todd Finley asks, 'Why do we have to write today?' and then provides 49 different answers that cover pretty much everything.

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The Power of Project-Based Writing in the Classroom

Blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron explains how project-based writing prepares students for real-world writing.

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7 Tips to Make Running Records Manageable and Useful

Track your students' progress as readers with scheduled practice, an understanding of each student's cuing system, immediate feedback, and comprehension questions to check for understanding.

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