George Lucas Educational Foundation

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

Blogging for English-Language Learners

Last comment 3 days 18 hours ago
48 1,140 15,448 views

Blogging in the 21st-Century Classroom

Last comment 1 week 1 day ago
69 64 51,077 views

6 iPad Apps for Creative Writing

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 11:57
18 7,987 85,720 views

Blogging for English-Language Learners

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 06:00
48 1,140 15,448 views

Blogging in the 21st-Century Classroom

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 16:07
69 64 51,077 views

Browse

A young boy in a white t-shirt is standing in a museum, with his hands behind his back, looking at artwork.
Article

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.

6 199 1,494 views
A group of students are sitting close together in chairs, smiling and goofing around. Two are flexing their arms, looking at the camera.
Article

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.

4 150 20,929 views
Students are sitting in a classroom at rectangular and circular tables stacked with piles of notebooks and textbooks.
Article

(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.

7 1,390 38,868 views
Older boy sitting on a large cement planter in a school courtyard writing in a spiral notebook
Article

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.

12 1,183 31,144 views
illustration of a speech bubble with a bow
Article

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.

5 219 32,390 views
This image is of a statue of Homer, the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey. The left side of the statue is untouched, and the right side of the statue is digitally edited, appearing pixelated in green and purple.
Article

Homer Meets High-Tech: Data Visualization and the Classics

One teacher spiced up "The Iliad" with data visualization, inspiring middle school students to take a fresh look at narrative, themes, characterizations, and methods of fact-based inquiry.

6 97 10,465 views
Article

7 Tech Tips for Your Next Read-Aloud

Whether it's remote guest readers, digital exit slips, or responses in text and drawing, technology can personalize the read-aloud experience for every student in class.

8 152 28,404 views

Pages

Article

Reading 2.0

Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz finds that students may not be reading less, just differently, and warns that, unless we accept and encourage this shift, we may indeed be creating a generation that reads less.

11 78 31,144 views
A photo of a young boy reading a book.
Article

Making Sense of Words That Don't

Introduce your students to the world of etymology and morphemes as they become linguistic detectives solving the mysteries of those puzzling "sight words."

10 1,929 30,397 views
Article

Integrating ELL Students in General Education Classes

Through a blend of differentiated instruction and formative assessment strategies, ELLs can successfully keep up with their peers in a general education classroom.

3 73 29,899 views
Article

Game-Based Learning Units for the Everyday Teacher

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

20 227 29,649 views
Article

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.

4 491 29,151 views
Article

Uncovering "Complex Text" in the Common Core

Blogger Andrew Miller identifies "complex text" and explains how it fits into the Common Core Standards curriculum.

13 151 29,151 views
Article

The Brain-Based Benefits of Writing for Math and Science Learning

Writing enhances executive functioning in the brain, making it an important component of math and science curriculum.

16 572 28,902 views

Pages