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English Language Arts

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


Group Projects: Who Gets What?

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Is it too soon to think about the First Day of School?

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To Teach Effective Writing, Model Effective Writing

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Is it too soon to think about the First Day of School?

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5 Epiphanies on Learning in a 1:1 iPad Classroom

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7th Grade Class Set-up

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The Creativity Index: No Artist Left Behind

Blogger Mark Phillips compares the theory behind a proposed U.S. "Creativity Index" with the proven results of Venezuela's "El Sistema."

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Do's & Don'ts For Teaching English-Language Learners

In an excerpt from his book with fellow teacher Katie Hull Sypnieski, blogger Larry Ferlazzo looks at a few basic ways to reach students who are learning English as well as the subject at hand.

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Writing with Ethos, Logos and Pathos in 21st Century Authentic Texts

Blogger Todd Finley pits Aristotle's approach to learning against the strategies of Internet communications, with amusing, surprising and educational results.

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Critical Thinking: A Necessary Skill in the Age of Spin

Attorney and author G. Randy Kasten suggests that educators have an obligation to prepare young minds for the thickening information cloud they're already being forced to navigate.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Literacy Videos for Read Across America

A collection of great literacy videos, in honor of Read Across America and Dr. Seuss's birthday.

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Classroom Champions Inspire Students

Middle school teachers Alissa Write and Heather Gaudio describe how the Classroom Champions program inspires students by partnering them with world class athletes.


A Hero’s Journey for the 21st Century

Edutopia’s Betty Ray shares some ideas for helping your students tell their own stories in a new era.

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Digital Poetry

Blogger Terry Heick opens our eyes to the directions in which poetry is expanding on the digital frontier.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Banned Books

Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read all across the United States. VideoAmy has collected resources and videos to help you be part of the fight against censorship of books.


A New Model of Storytelling: Transmedia

Library media specialist Laura Fleming showcases Inanimate Alice, a new transmedia story with numerous free educational resources.

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Engaging Students with Social and Emotional Learning

Blogger Maurice Elias shares four strategies teachers can use to engage students with social and emotional learning.

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3 Digital Reading Challenges for Summer

To better understand students' relationship with digital reading, consider these three summer challenges for yourself: academic reading via browser, PDF, and eBook.

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Build Reading and Writing Skills with Music

Blogger and author Jeffrey Pflaum explains how his system of musical writing prompts is related to his approach of helping students visualize while reading -- and appreciate and practice creative use of language.

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Using Blogs to Engage English-Language Learners

Teacher and tech enthusiast Jon Schwartz espouses the benefits of blogging for teaching elementary English-Language Learners and boosting student engagement.

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