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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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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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Boosting Comprehension Through Empathy

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Honoring Our Families' Immigrant Narratives

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5 Engaging Uses for Letters in Your Classroom

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Don't Say "Your Child Can't Read"

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Start a Reading Revolution: Flip Your Class With Blogs

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Literacy Through Photography for English-Language Learners

By engaging ELLs with creating, identifying, and narrating through photographs, you can help them learn language by challenging their thinking in other media.

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Strategies and Resources for Supporting English-Language Learners

As the number of English-language learners grows, teachers must focus on the most essential content and most efficient delivery of instruction.

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Kahlil Gibran: Humanity Through Poetry

Kahlil Gibran, known for the accessibility and warm humanity of his poems, provides students with a window onto an often misunderstood and misrepresented culture.

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Fit Lit: How Movement Impacts Learning

Students at Casey Middle learn more (and feel good about it) in a combined language arts/fitness class that boosts their cognition with aerobic and anaerobic activities.

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To Teach Effective Writing, Model Effective Writing

Edutopia blogger David Cutler believes that the best writing teachers model writing for their students. He suggests six strategies, including continuing to hone your own craft and demonstrating the value of sharing finished work.

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6 iPad Apps for Creative Writing

Edutopia blogger Monica Burns, recognizing that written storytelling doesn't come easily to every child, has hunted down six iPad apps that will bring fun and creative challenge to learning this essential real-world skill.

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Point of Entry: Poetry in the Classroom

Poetry is a versatile medium for the classroom, useful for student introduction and reflection, word study, characterization, the mechanics of writing, and examining larger themes.

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National Poetry Month: Useful Resources for Teachers and Students

In honor of National Poetry Month in April, Matt Davis has put together a list of useful poetry links for educators, including resources from the web, Edutopia's most popular poetry-themed blogs, and other quick reads.

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Defining Differentiated Instruction

Differentiating instruction for a struggling student can begin with using graphic organizers, offering alternative assignments, and providing extended work time. (Updated 01/2014)

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Parent Involvement in Early Literacy

Erika Burton explains how parents can create the stepping stones toward literacy for their preK children.

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Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing

To engage your students with their own development as writers, motivate them to care by showing your own interest and engagement with their process.

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Kids Feel the Power of Poetry in Performance

Through slam poetry, students reach new heights in literacy and in life.

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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.

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K-5 iPad Apps According to Bloom's Taxonomy

An elementary library media specialist reviews iPad apps as they map to an updated version of Bloom's Taxonomy in this six-part series.

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