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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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What Doesn't Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon

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4 Reasons to Start Class With a Poem Each Day

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Integrating Technology and Literacy

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What Doesn't Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon

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

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Honoring Our Families' Immigrant Narratives

Two teachers' research and ELA unit explored students' own family immigrant stories while creating a storytelling experience as a vehicle for empathy, community, and great writing.

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Stretching Your Curriculum Canvas: Reading the World Through Art

An effective art museum visit begins with teaching students art history, getting them to consider multiple perspectives, and applying the idea of close reading to visual literacy.

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Use Humor to Teach Your Students About Careful Communication

Students analyze newspaper headline bloopers in this classroom activity and gain a greater understanding for clear communication.

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Technology Integration Research Review: Evidence-Based Programs by Subject

Technology integration is a broad umbrella; applications and strategies vary by academic discipline. Edutopia's research analyst reviews subject-specific research and recommends programs for each.

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(Almost) Paperless Literature Circles

By giving students jobs like Passage Picker, Psychologist, and Wonderer within their literature circles, you can foster critical thinking in a clearly defined collaborative environment.

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Strategies to Help Struggling Writers

Student writers often struggle because they lack connection with the assignment or an authentic audience. Relevant topics, blogging, and brainstorming with peers can remedy this.

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The Perfect Classroom Gift: A Gift of Words

Check out this creative classroom activity where students package their favorite line from a book, poem, movie, or song to gift to another classmate.

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Eight Ways to Use Video With English-Language Learners

Authors Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski share some practical tips that are aligned to Common Core State Standards for ELA K-6. They include critical pedagogy and using technology to dub new audio into existing video.

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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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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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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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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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Game-Based Learning Units for the Everyday Teacher

A game-based unit includes structures, themes, and mechanisms for trial and error.

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