George Lucas Educational Foundation Celebrating our 25th Anniversary!

English Language Arts

Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in English language arts.
Related Tags:Literacy
PrintPrint
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Share
Older girl writing

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.

Discuss

What Doesn't Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon

Last comment 2 weeks 1 day ago
90 94,913 810,806 views

4 Steps to Better Writers

Last comment 3 weeks 6 days ago
20 4,610 39,665 views

Integrating Technology and Literacy

Last comment 1 week 2 days ago
44 1,918 26,899 views

Peer Review, Common Core, and ELLs

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 10:00
3 592 2,206 views

Integrating Technology and Literacy

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 10:00
44 1,918 26,899 views

#ThinkPossible: Challenging Students to be Novelists

Sun, 09/04/2016 - 10:55
1 117 views

Browse

blog

Pen Pals in the 21st Century

While many consider the pen pal an analog age artifact, blogger and teacher Lisa Mims demonstrates how this very human form of communication is alive and well in her classroom - and relevant to her curriculum.

11 122 24,270 views
blog

Engaging Pre-Service Teachers in Authentic Writing Instruction

Guest blogger Troy Hicks, a teacher educator at Central Michigan University, describes how he fosters inspiration and excitement about the craft of writing for future elementary and middle school educators.

1 77 1,986 views
blog

Strategic Modeling: Balancing Structure with Choice

High school humanities teacher Joshua Block describes how, through the practice of modeling, he dances on the balance point between giving his students too much structure or too many choices.

7 1,359 4,413 views
blog

Walking the Walk: An Educator's Perspective From All Views

Guest blogger Lori Desautels decides to walk the walk of her pre-service and graduate students at Marian University's School of Education as she returns to public school and co-teaches a brain-compatible curriculum to fifth graders.

4 502 30,648 views
blog

Writing and Thinking Through the Student User's Guide Assignment

Guest blogger Ashley Hutchinson, in collaboration with her colleagues Stephanie Noles and Mike Flinchbaugh, explain how their high school students now come with self-written user's guides.

7 1,161 35,939 views
blog

Brains, Brains, Brains! How the Mind of a Middle Schooler Works

Blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron launches this three-part series by advising middle school teachers to read up on brain research which will give insight on how the 'tween brain works.

6 9,471 50,242 views
blog

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.

8 302 12,797 views

Pages

Illio of a green, blue, pink, and yellow feather arranged like a fan on a computer button icon
blog

9 Mobile Apps for Poetry Month

Poetry comes from the soul, but apps can help students embrace the form, whether it's shape and theme generators or videos of actors reading Shakespeare.

2 2,216 11,694 views
blog

Tweeting the Read-Aloud: Engaging and Motivating Readers

Engage young readers by showing them the value of composing and sending tweets to authors whose books they've enjoyed during a read-aloud.

5 3,527 11,694 views
blog

Neuroscience and the Bilingual Brain

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

11 1,326 11,694 views
blog

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.

12 2,759 11,473 views
blog

Five Ideas for Using Pop Culture to Inspire Elementary Students

Gaetan Pappalardo shares five ideas for using pop culture to inspire elementary school students.

32 167 11,473 views
blog

Reading with Pictures: Serious Learning Through Comics

Edutopia blogger David Cutler shares his conversation with Josh Elder, creator of Reading With Pictures, about using comics as a strategy for engaging students to construct meaning while interacting with the pictures and text.

9 3,187 11,253 views
blog

Sixth-Graders, Pop Lyrics, and Iambic Pentameter

Teacher and writer Autumn Crisp recounts a hilarious yet effective sixth-grade literature class experiment with Shakespearean-flavored verse.

2 92 11,032 views

Pages