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English Language Arts

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

  • Teacher kneels down to help a student in 9th grade English class

    Want Students to Master Literary Analysis? Try Starting With a Vocabulary Lesson 

    Unless they understand words such as ‘symbolize’ and ‘connote,’ it’s difficult for students to analyze literature well.
    Ryan Collins
  • Illustration concept for writing

    How Teachers Can Use Their Own Writing as Model Texts

    Many teachers demonstrate writing moves using model texts. Using their own writing can foster a strong classroom community as well as students’ writing skills.
    869
  • Teenage girl acts out a play scene during a virtual class

    Tapping Professional Actors to Teach Shakespeare Online

    When a teacher brought in actors to perform in her virtual ‘Macbeth’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’ units, students were thrilled. Local actors—or your school’s theater program—could do the same for you.
    237
  • Elementary girl reading book with laptop during remote learning.

    Virtual Literature Circles Create a Safe Space for Students

    Discussions that are centered in students' experiences spark more text-to-self connections and help students internalize concepts like empathy.
    3.3k
  • 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.
    116.5k
  • 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.
    42k
  • 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.
    13.4k
  • Two elementary school students sitting down and reading books

    If We Want Bookworms, We Need to Get Beyond Leveled Reading

    When it comes to nurturing kids’ love of reading, research suggests variety, choice—and encouragement to stretch—can make a difference.
    11.8k
  • 3 Alternatives to Reading Logs

    3 Alternatives to Reading Logs

    Teacher-tested ideas to keep reading homework from feeling like a chore.
    12.7k
  • a row of colored pencils

    50 Writing Prompts for All Grade Levels

    Sometimes students need a little push to activate their imaginations.
    48.9k
  • Students rehearsing a play in a high school drama class

    Connecting SEL to Academic Outcomes

    Skills that students develop in social and emotional learning—empathy, collaboration, and so on—are closely connected to standards in many academic subjects.
    959
  • Middle school aged boy reading book on couch at home

    How Mentor Texts Provide Valuable Lessons Beyond Writing Instruction

    The knowledge middle and high school students gain through reading mentor texts can strengthen their critical thinking skills.
    1.4k
  • Minecraft screenshot

    A Guide to Teaching Writing With Minecraft

    Using the popular game in station rotation activities during distance learning is a way to bring an element of play and collaboration to writing assignments.
    2.2k
  • A teenage girl sits on floor and reads book in library.

    Using Children’s Books to Teach Literary Theory in High School

    Literary theory can be a tough topic for high school students—a simple story may be just the scaffold they need to start figuring it out.
    6.4k
  • Collage of diverse books

    22 Diverse Book Choices for All Grade Levels

    Suggestions from teachers who are working to offer students at every grade level book choices that represent their lives.
    17.5k

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