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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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Where to start when integrating digital technologies in classrooms?

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4 Steps to Better Writers

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We're Ready to Read!

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Balanced Literacy in Secondary Classrooms? Yes!

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20 Indispensable High School Reads

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4 Steps to Better Writers

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How Storytelling Inspires Children to Learn English

When you engage your English-language learners through the power, fun, and sharing of narrative, the formal elements of language acquisition will follow more easily.

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Combating Experiential Deficiencies for At-Risk Students

By adding the humanities to every facet of curriculum, you can enrich the learning possibilities for students who might otherwise miss out on cultural offerings.

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STEM and Writing: A Super Combination

Read how a quantum physicist, who was a guest speaker in a language arts classroom, inspired the imagination and writing of the middle school students.

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Dyslexia in the General Education Classroom

In order to accommodate students with dyslexia, general education teachers must understand what the condition is and what alternate means work best for accessing information.

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Understanding the Causes of Dyslexia for Effective Intervention

The perception and treatment of dyslexia is shifting from a symptom-based reaction to a neurological-based understanding of what is primarily an auditory disorder.

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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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The NaNoWriMo Project: The Birth of Student Novelists

Middle school ELA teacher Laura Bradley describes how the National Novel Writing Month Project turned her eighth-graders into motivated, inspired novelists.

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Teachers Shake Up Shakespeare with Digital Media

Rap and film bring the Bard's characters to life for high school students.

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The Writing Workshop: A Valuable Tool for Differentiation and Formative Assessment (Guest Blog)

The writing workshop is a valuable framework in which differentiated instruction, formative assessment, and composition theory can develop students' critical literacy. (Guest blogger: Jennifer Sharpe)

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News Literacy: Critical-Thinking Skills for the 21st Century

Guest blogger Peter Adams of the News Literacy Project suggests three methods for teaching critical thinking skills and smart media consumption habits to a generation growing up in a climate of information overload.

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8 Fantastic Apps for Summer Reading on iPads

To engage young readers over the summer, hand them an iPad and loaded with eBooks. Here are just eight of the many reading apps available.

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Anatomy of a Project: "Soil Superheroes"

Project Learning Assignment: Seventh graders work with community experts to advance their understanding of bacteria in the environment -- and then share their findings with the community at large.

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How to Write Dialogue that Matters: Lessons from Aaron Sorkin

Todd Finley offers another entertaining peek into the mind of a writing teacher, this time examining how we can learn a lot about creating dialogue from popular screenwriter Aaron Sorkin.

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Using "Music Writing" to Trigger Creativity, Awareness, Motivation, and Poetry

The Contemplation Music Writing Project develops communication skills, creative self-expression, character education, and values clarification in young people through reflection, writing, discussion, and self-assessments.

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