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English Language Arts

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

  • Young woman participating in English class via distance learning

    Bringing Moments of Joy to High School English

    An English teacher is redoubling his efforts to use reading and writing assignments to help students learn how to navigate the challenges of a turbulent world.
    Andrew Simmons
  • Teacher records a lesson on his phone

    A Strategy for Exploring Student Creativity Collaboratively

    A teacher who makes her own instructional videos and a podcast uses that work as a springboard to explore creative expression with her social media–savvy students.
    104
  • Group of elementary students reading books on a rug and chairs in their classroom

    An Asset-Based Approach to Supporting English Learners’ Reading Skills

    A look at what English learners need in order to develop the skills and motivation to improve their ability to read in English.
    504
  • High school student reading a book while sitting at her desk in a classroom

    Even Older Kids Should Have Time to Read in Class

    If the goal is to develop lifelong readers, students need time in class to practice—and learn to enjoy—reading.
    3.7k
  • A photo collage of Angela Davis, Web DuBois, Sojourner Truth, Alain LeRoy Locke, Frantz Fanon, and bell hooks

    4 Black Philosophers to Teach Year-Round

    Weaving philosophy lessons into your curriculum can tease out bigger questions about identity, human rights, and artistic expression. 
    1.5k
  • Teacher reads a book aloud to elementary students in class

    Using Read-Alouds to Improve Older Elementary Students’ Literacy Skills

    A daily read-aloud can help build community and show reluctant readers how to approach a text.
    1.6k
  • Woman works at her laptop wearing headphones

    How to Facilitate Remote Socratic Seminars

    Disciplined conversation about texts deepens students’ understanding—and builds a sense of community during distance learning.
    1.4k
  • Teenage girl smiling during remote learning class on laptop at home

    How ‘Among Us’ Helps Students Master Argumentative Writing

    In the popular online strategy game, students make claims, listen to counterclaims, and reach a conclusion—skills they need to write a strong argumentative essay.
    2.2k
  • Elementary-aged girl writing in notebook during virtual learning at home

    Cultivating Joy in Writing in the Elementary Grades

    An online writing group—which could be adapted for in person learning—builds confidence in students’ ability to express their ideas.
    241
  • 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.
    116.6k
  • 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
  • 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.
    2.6k
  • 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.
    3.6k
  • 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.
    15.6k
  • 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.
    11.9k

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