George Lucas Educational Foundation

English Language Arts

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

  • Literacy

    Every Student Can Be a Poet

    Five easy-to-implement strategies to make poetry writing accessible and fun for all students.
  • Literacy

    Modeling Writing and Revising for Students

    A high school history teacher demonstrates the writing process for students by composing and editing an article while they observe.
  • Literacy

    How Living Poets Can Inspire Students

    A classroom activity for sharing the work of living poets shows students that poetry isn’t a thing of the past. 
  • Literacy

    How a Literacy-First Program Revived a School

    A Title I school in the Bronx is dramatically improving student outcomes—one book at a time.
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching

    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.
  • Literacy

    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.
  • Literacy

    Teaching Students to Paraphrase

    Ideas for scaffolding paraphrasing so that students correctly learn this valuable but difficult-to-master skill.
  • Growth Mindset

    Young Adult Novels That Teach a Growth Mindset

    Use these novels to teach learning from loss and overcoming adversity to your middle schoolers and high school freshmen.
  • Literacy

    50 Writing Prompts for All Grade Levels

    Sometimes students need a little push to activate their imaginations.
  • Project-Based Learning

    Project-Based Learning and the Research Paper

    Students take responsibility for their learning and develop solutions for complex problems when their research paper becomes a PBL unit.
  • Communication Skills

    Encouraging Academic Conversations With Talk Moves

    Sentence starters that students use to join a class discussion encourage both academic thinking and social connectedness.
  • English-Language Learners

    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.
  • Lesson Plans

    Studying Female Poets to Understand History

    Women have often been omitted from histories, but the work of female poets can give students a needed perspective.
  • Literacy

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

    Round Robin Reading (RRR) has been a classroom staple for over 200 years and an activity that over half of K-8 teachers report using in one of its many forms, despite overwhelming criticism that the practice is ineffective for its stated purpose: enhancing fluency, word decoding, and comprehension.
  • Character Education

    Guiding Students to Question Prejudices

    Connecting the novel The Outsiders to an anti-bias framework helps middle school students examine their biases.