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.
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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.
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.
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.
Pique students' interest and excitement about informational reading by focusing their attention on how to use what they're learning rather than on how they're reading.
An appealing, inspiring collection of books, regardless of content area, is a crucial literacy tool that every teacher should have in the classroom.
Thinking in words, writing in books -- if we changed how we perceive, record, and aggregate information, how would our libraries change?
Student blogging provides opportunities for sharing, reflection, and ownership. With ELLs, blogs can provide deeper engagement and a public forum to demonstrate their developing skills.
Teaching poetry becomes a powerful group activity through individual and communal observation and explanation, creative response to poems read aloud, and celebrating student work.
Poetry is language at its most distilled and powerful. Show students its life and wonder by teasing poems apart with creative strategies for reciting and rewriting.
Poetry comes from the soul, but apps can help students embrace the form, whether it's shape and theme generators or videos of actors reading Shakespeare.
Beth Holland of EdTechTeacher introduces the concept of Writing 3.0, which is what happens when we redefine the writing process with iPads.
Guest Blogger Caroline Trull introduces phantom endings, an ELA compositional exercise that teaches students how a concluding paragraph works and how to write one.
Sticky notes coalesce into high-level analytical thinking in Sarah Kaufmann's 6th grade humanities class, where complex concepts are broken down into manageable pieces that help students master challenging assignments.
Track your students' progress as readers with scheduled practice, an understanding of each student's cuing system, immediate feedback, and comprehension questions to check for understanding.
Professor, author and guest blogger Mark Gura advocates for the benefits of teaching robotics across all content areas of the K-12 curriculum.
Motivate students to revise their writing through self-publishing fiction, creating podcasts and YouTube videos, writing blogs, corresponding with others, and anything else for an authentic audience.
Blogger Gaetan Pappalardo shares tips for integrating music in the elementary classroom.