English Language Arts

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

  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Life Lessons From Fictional Characters

    Writing dialogues between themselves and literary characters can enhance students’ empathy and ability to deal with hardships.
  • Literacy

    Making the Most of In-Class Book Clubs

    Book clubs bring challenges in class management and assessment, but they can lead to improvements in students’ reading ability.
  • Literacy

    Improving Reading Skills Through Talking

    Partnering on note taking, a strategy developed for struggling readers, helps middle and high school students process what they read.
  • Mental Health

    Writing to Heal

    Students with trauma in their lives may find that guided memoir writing helps them process and grow from their experiences.
  • Literacy

    The Value of an Imagined Audience

    Guiding student writers to think about a likely audience for their work helps them strengthen a variety of skills.
  • Literacy

    Peer Review Done Right

    A high school English teacher discusses how he improved the peer review process in his classroom after early attempts came up short.
  • Literacy

    Group Work That Really Works

    A group essay writing activity pushes every student to contribute—and it can lead to real growth in writing ability.
  • Literacy

    Double-Duty Writing Instruction

    Writing lessons that foster social and emotional skills at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.
  • Literacy

    8 Truths About Teaching Writing to Middle Schoolers

    Middle school writers are full of imagination and creativity, and teachers can honor that while teaching writing conventions.
  • Literacy

    Beyond the Weekly Word List

    Differentiating spelling instruction using evidence-based approaches helps students develop a skill that is vital to their reading ability.