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English Language Arts

Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in English language arts.

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  • How to Shift to Self-Grading in English Classes

    By articulating clearer expectations about what’s being evaluated, teachers can help students become more fluent in improving and assessing their own work.
    Hoa P. Nguyen
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  • Early Literacy Strategies That Work

    A first-grade teacher describes how she changed her approach to teaching reading using research-based insights.
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  • Teaching Writing Through Landscape Paintings

    When students focus on what they can see, hear, touch, taste, and smell in a work of art, their imaginations—and their essay-writing skills—take flight.
  • 4 Reading Strategies to Retire This Year (Plus 6 to Try Out!)

    A look at a few popular literacy practices that shouldn’t make the cut—along with fresh strategies that experienced teachers and literacy experts recommend instead.
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  • A young boy in a large-striped red and blue polar shirt is sitting at his desk with his head down in a book.

    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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  • How to Give Positive Feedback on Student Writing

    If your corrective feedback is very detailed but your positive comments are quick and vague, you may appreciate this advice from teachers across the country.
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  • Bump-It-Up Walls Make Learning Progress Visible

    Teachers can use this visual rubric to help elementary students reflect on and evaluate their own learning as they move through the curriculum.
    451
  • 5 Ways to Increase Students’ Engagement in Writing

    Upper elementary teachers can make small shifts in how they teach writing to spark students’ interest and promote critical thinking.
    569
  • A teacher reading aloud to his middle school students

    Reading Aloud to Middle School Students

    Hearing books read aloud benefits older students, enhancing language arts instruction and building a community of readers.
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  • Middle school students reading in class

    5 Ways to Support Students Who Struggle With Reading Comprehension

    These strategies can help students who are able to decode well but have difficulty understanding what they read—and they’re beneficial for all students.
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  • 7 Books About Black History to Use as Mentor Texts

    A curated list of texts to guide students to explore Black history and practice a variety of writing moves at the same time.
    456
  • a row of colored pencils

    50 Writing Prompts for All Grade Levels

    Sometimes students need a little push to activate their imaginations.
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  • Supporting Young Students as Writers, Before They Can Write

    This activity allows young students to see themselves as storytellers and experience the magic when their classmates act out their stories.
    427
  • 3 Authentic Multimodal Projects for Young Writers

    Second-grade students can find deeper engagement in writing when they know their work has an audience beyond the teacher.
    405
  • Creating Authentic Audiences for Student Work

    Teachers can guide students to share their learning with different groups of people, creating a deeply engaging learning experience.
    394

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