George Lucas Educational Foundation

English Language Arts

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

  • The Benefits of Memorizing Poetry

    When high school students spend time memorizing and reciting a poem, they develop confidence by engaging deeply with language.
    Erin Medeiros
  • Reading Aloud to Middle School Students

    Hearing books read aloud benefits older students, enhancing language arts instruction and building a community of readers.
    Kasey Short
  • CSI Verona: Science and Literature Combine

    Bringing together Shakespeare and forensics, or Icarus and design thinking, shows how literature and science can illuminate each other.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Collaborative Reading: Building Successful Readers Together

    This elementary school in the Bronx has cracked the code to improving literacy—and it's a simple framework where kids read together daily.
  • 50 Writing Prompts for All Grade Levels

    Sometimes students need a little push to activate their imaginations.
  • 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.
  • More Than Highlighting: Creative Annotations

    Active strategies for annotation like collaborative work and illustration increase students’ comprehension and retention.
  • Teaching Students to Paraphrase

    Ideas for scaffolding paraphrasing so that students correctly learn this valuable but difficult-to-master skill.
  • Encouraging Academic Conversations With Talk Moves

    Sentence starters that students use to join a class discussion encourage both academic thinking and social connectedness.
  • Putting an End to Fake Reading

    Five ideas on how to get students to really read books—and enjoy themselves while doing so.
  • 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.
  • 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.