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.
Do you display words and use those words daily in class? Check out these five must dos for teaching vocabulary.
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.
Move beyond the five-paragraph essay. Bring school writing to life through freewriting, peer reviews, and allowing students to include relevant memories and vivid descriptions.
Turn your students into poets by inspiring them to free-write about their inner world, introducing them to the rhythms of poetry, and prompting them with images and possible titles.
An examination of social studies textbooks reveals large gaps in a commitment to equity. Teachers can begin to counter this by incorporating curriculum that is culturally responsive.
"I'm From" poems, multicultural poetry collections, and the poetic artifacts of immigration history can teach valuable language arts as well as the rich tapestry of American culture.
For English-language learners, simple peer review activities that are kind, specific, and helpful will better assist students in improving their writing and learning about writing.
A middle school language arts educator shares his favorite digital tools for text and video annotations, teacher feedback, and formative assessment.
By pairing up to write narratives developing experiences, events, or characters, English-language learners can produce better texts in terms of task fulfillment, grammatical accuracy, and complexity.
Use these novels to teach learning from loss and overcoming adversity to your middle schoolers and high school freshmen.
To engage your students with their own development as writers, motivate them to care by showing your own interest and engagement with their process.
Differentiating instruction for a struggling student can begin with using graphic organizers, offering alternative assignments, and providing extended work time. (Updated 01/2014)
Edutopia blogger David Cutler believes that the best writing teachers model writing for their students. He suggests six strategies, including continuing to hone your own craft and demonstrating the value of sharing finished work.
Jason Cranford Teague, author and observer, makes the case that your students' ability to retain information is connected to the fonts they're seeing on the page or screen.
Blogger Heather Wolpert Gawron suggests ideas for bringing music into your language arts classroom such as using commercial jingles to teach persuasive writing techniques.
Teacher, one-to-one advocate and blogger Monica Burns shares some of her favorite free apps for supporting English-Language Learners' vocabulary acquisition.