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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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8 Strategies to Keep Informational Reading Fun

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.

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The Importance of a Classroom Library

An appealing, inspiring collection of books, regardless of content area, is a crucial literacy tool that every teacher should have in the classroom.

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What Exactly Is a Library?

Thinking in words, writing in books -- if we changed how we perceive, record, and aggregate information, how would our libraries change?

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Blogging for English-Language Learners

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.

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Transforming Silence: Poetry and Performance

Teaching poetry becomes a powerful group activity through individual and communal observation and explanation, creative response to poems read aloud, and celebrating student work.

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Brisk and Bright Approaches for National Poetry Month

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.

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9 Mobile Apps for Poetry Month

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.

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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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Writing Superhero Conclusions with the Phantom Endings Exercise

Guest Blogger Caroline Trull introduces phantom endings, an ELA compositional exercise that teaches students how a concluding paragraph works and how to write one.

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Making Sure They Are Learning

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.

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7 Tips to Make Running Records Manageable and Useful

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.

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Student Robotics and the K-12 Curriculum

Professor, author and guest blogger Mark Gura advocates for the benefits of teaching robotics across all content areas of the K-12 curriculum.

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Why Revise? Because You Have an Authentic Audience

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.

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Using Music in the Classroom to Inspire Creative Expression

Blogger Gaetan Pappalardo shares tips for integrating music in the elementary classroom.

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