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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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16 Inspirational Quotes From Children's Literature

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English Language Arts Pinterest Board

Visit a curated collection of resources for teaching English language arts on Edutopia's pinboard on Pinterest, including tips, guides, blog posts, articles, infographics, and more.

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The Mechanics of Developing a Writer’s Voice

Help your students develop their own voice in writing by focusing on details, word choice, and sentence fluency.

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A Skill Strong Readers Share

Metacognition helps readers analyze texts as they read, and it’s a skill you can teach your students.

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Writing Workshop Checklist

Teaching a writing workshop can be scary, but this list of eight things you’ll need will help you get started.

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A Voice Worth Listening To

Writing poetry can help students find confidence in their voice, and you can incorporate it into your curriculum with these mini-units.

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Student Athletes Have Audiences. Why Don’t Student Writers?

When students share their writing with an authentic audience, they raise their game.

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Bringing Authors Into Your Classroom

Video chats with published writers will inspire your students to read and write more.

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Social Media Posts as Exemplars

Text messages and Instagram captions can be valuable samples for teaching tone, writing conventions, and levels of formality.

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What Doesn't Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon

The number one concern that I hear from educators is lack of time, particularly lack of instructional time with students. Although we can't entirely solve the time problem, we can mitigate it by carefully analyzing our use of class time.

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

Rather than intimidating young readers with ancient pedagogy, encourage and empower them with livelier strategies such as partner reading or the manic Crazy Professor Game.

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8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language

Edutopia blogger Todd Finley explains how academic language differs from social language and offers eight specific strategies for teaching the vocabulary that students require to succeed in the Common Core and on the SAT.

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Do’s & Don’ts for Teaching English-Language Learners

In an excerpt from his book with fellow teacher Katie Hull Sypnieski, blogger Larry Ferlazzo looks at a few basic ways to reach students who are learning English as well as the subject at hand.

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22 Simple Ideas for Harnessing Creativity in the Elementary Classroom

Kindergarten inclusion teacher Trisha Riche' inspires her students -- and her readers -- to play, learn and teach outside of the box.

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3 Strategies to Fire Up Hesitant Writers

Young writers often feel blocked by the act of writing itself. Use these ideas to help get their thoughts flowing.

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11 Tips on Teaching Common Core Critical Vocabulary

Learning and memory specialist Marilee Sprenger writes about vocabulary critical to the Common Core and offers 11 strategies for helping students learn it.

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