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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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Five Tips for Getting the ESL Student Talking

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Sustained Silent Reading in High School

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Why Storytelling in the Classroom Matters

Teachers, by their nature, are storytellers. You can improve this skillset with seven steps for engaging younger students through narrative.

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5 Epiphanies on Learning in a 1:1 iPad Classroom

Inspiration and best practices merge into fun, effective learning as one teacher describes what she and her students discovered during their school's first 1:1 year with iPads.

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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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7 Great E-Books for Summer Reading on iPads

To engage young readers over the summer, hand them an iPad and loaded with eBooks. Monica Burns reviews seven of the many reading apps available.

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How to Design Projects Around Common Core Standards

A middle-school language arts teacher takes us through her step-by-step process for designing project-based units that are Common Core aligned.

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Stopping the Summer Slide in English Language Arts

Edutopia blogger Terry Heick suggests eight ways for teachers to prevent summer learning loss in the English language arts, including library dates, digital book clubs, and student blogs about topics that matter to them.

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Avoiding the Summer Slide in Reading and Writing

Edutopia blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron proposes ways to beat learning loss this summer such as creating an online forum where students post book reviews.

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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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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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Redefining the Writing Process with iPads

Beth Holland of EdTechTeacher introduces the concept of Writing 3.0, which is what happens when we redefine the writing process with iPads.

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Clarity Through Brevity: Integrating Six-Word Memoirs

History teacher, curriculum coordinator and NY Times contributor Jonathan Olsen introduces us to the six-word memoir, a simple, concise language arts tool for sharpening student focus.

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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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Design 101 for Educators: 5 Simple Typography Tips

Author and communicator Jason Cranford Teague continues his Design 101 for Educators series with five simple typographic tips for presenting students with ideas and assignments.

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K-5 iPad Apps for Applying (Bloom's Revised Taxonomy, Part 3)

An elementary library media specialist reviews apps along the revised Bloom's taxonomy. Apps for Applying are reviewed in this third post of a six-part series.

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