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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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  • A Pen Pal Project for Elementary School

    Young children can develop their literacy skills as they experience the excitement of receiving their own mail.
    Michelle Hart Bram
  • Using Read-Alouds to Support Social and Emotional Learning

    Teachers can support elementary students’ literacy skills through focused read-alouds that also target SEL competencies.
  • Using Movement to Teach Vocabulary

    When students explore new words through movement, they understand them better, retain them longer, and feel more empowered to use them.
  • Honoring Student Voice and Choice With the Magazine Project 

    When students create a magazine about a topic of their choice, it encourages them to write and rewrite carefully.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Teaching the Long-Term Value of Annotation

    To help high school students learn how to annotate, first show them why it’s a useful tool that will serve them now and in the future.
  • 3 Great Discussion Models for High School English

    These models move beyond Socratic seminars to provide students with authentic, engaging class discussions.
  • 25 Essential High School Reads From the Last Decade

    We asked members of our community to share recently published novels they would love to have read in high school. Here are your top picks.
  • 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.
  • The Benefits of Rereading for Literary Analysis

    Instead of having surface-level experiences with texts, students can engage in deep reading to glean meaningful insights.
  • 4 Ways to Teach Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension

    Teaching these literacy strategies simultaneously can engage students in active processing, improving performance in both areas.
  • Nonfiction Writing Techniques to Add to Your Teaching Repertoire

    These text features are not often included in nonfiction writing instruction, but they’re important elements of expository writing.
  • a row of colored pencils

    50 Writing Prompts for All Grade Levels

    Sometimes students need a little push to activate their imaginations.
  • Squats, Lunges, and Phonemes

    Adding movement to reading lessons reinforces key concepts and helps fidgety students concentrate.

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