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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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The Problem with Standards-Based Grading

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Teaching Writing or Editing Writing?

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11 Alternatives to "Round Robin" (and "Popcorn") Reading

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Social Media Posts as Exemplars

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11 Alternatives to "Round Robin" (and "Popcorn") Reading

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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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A Lesson About Cesar Chavez and Civil Rights

Check out this engaging lesson on Cesar Chavez that uses primary sources and discussion to inspire critical thinking and empathy.

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Common Core in Action: Using Digital Storytelling Tools in the ELA Classroom

A storytelling app helps students use technology to produce and publish writing, collaborate with others, and hit the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing.

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The Gift of Being a Dyslexic Teacher

A dyslexic teacher can be more attentive in the classroom, sensitive to struggling students and modelling how to compensate for this spectrum disorder.

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Anatomy of a Project: Kinetic Conundrum
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Anatomy of a Project: "Kinetic Conundrum"

Art, history, engineering, language arts, and technology, both old and new, come together for eighth grade students in this rich project learning expedition at King Middle School in Portland, Maine.

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A group of about 20 young children are sitting and laying down on bean bags in a library. They're listening to a teacher standing in from of them and talking to them.
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Talking About Text Structure in the PBL Classroom

Enhance PBL by teaching students how to identify text structure how to and use it within their project-based reading and writing.

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Using Superhero Comics to Teach English and History

Guest blogger David Cutler suggests that classic superheroes and the medium of comic books can engage students as well as (or better than) more traditional texts in teaching plotting, character development and U.S. history.

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Why Do We Have to Write Today?

The ever-creative Todd Finley asks, 'Why do we have to write today?' and then provides 49 different answers that cover pretty much everything.

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LeVar Burton, associated with Reading Rainbow, is sitting on a blue couch chair reading a book to four kids. A girl is sitting on a cat chair to his left, a boy is sitting on a frog chair to his right, and two girls are standing behind them.
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How to Instill the Love of Reading

Foster students' passion for reading by starting in their comfort zone, surrounding them with books, reading books aloud, and modeling your own love of reading.

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How to Bring Screenwriting into the Classroom

A high school teacher shares her tips and free resources for engaging students with scriptwriting.

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Research Supports Collaborative Learning

Collaborative math and discussion-based English help to promote deeper learning, critical thinking, and community at The College Preparatory School in Oakland, California.

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