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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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  • High School Students Thrive When Given Choices in English Class

    ELA teachers can engage students by encouraging them to challenge themselves and discover the joy of learning.
    Stephanie Farley
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  • Rethinking How We Teach Reading in Elementary School

    To become better readers, Natalie Wexler says, students should grapple with abundant, high-caliber texts in the elementary grades—not just skills and strategies.
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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.
  • 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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  • 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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  • How to Use Ideograms to Help Students Generate Powerful Poetry

    Incorporating visual elements into poetry writing can help students express themselves and uncover deeper meanings in their work.
    215
  • 3 Strategies to Support Reluctant Writers

    How to help students in grades 2 through 5 learn to love writing—because when they love to write, they’re motivated to keep growing.
    665
  • 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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  • 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.
    480
  • 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.
    42.9k
  • ELA Activities to Start the School Year

    A variety of options to help you learn about your students, their interests, and their writing abilities while fostering a classroom community.
    623
  • 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
  • Combining Academic Rigor and Student Self-Discovery in Project-Based Learning

    A high school PBL unit guides students to use both literary analysis and creativity in answering the question, “Who am I?”
    482
  • a row of colored pencils

    50 Writing Prompts for All Grade Levels

    Sometimes students need a little push to activate their imaginations.
    51.7k

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