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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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  • 3 Super Engaging Ways to Integrate Technology Into Lessons for Young Readers

    Early elementary teachers can use robots and apps to develop literacy skills and boost students’ interest in reading.
    Michelle Hart Bram
  • 4 Myths About Evidence-Based Literacy Instruction in the Early Grades

    A look at a few common misconceptions, plus tips on effective practices for teaching young students to read.
  • Tips for Improving Vocabulary Instruction in Middle School

    These strategies go beyond flash cards to help students learn new terms and apply them in novel contexts.
  • Centering Classroom Values in Peer Writing Workshops

    By structuring peer feedback processes with intention, teachers can help students develop reflection and communication skills.
  • Deepening Academic Understanding With Tangible Experiences

    By providing middle school students a chance to walk in someone else’s shoes, teachers can help them develop empathy—and a stronger connection to content.
  • Building Problem-Solving Skills Through ‘Speed Dating’

    When students solve each other’s problems, they gain confidence in their own skills and witness the power of collaboration in real time.
  • How Poetry Supports Emotional Intelligence

    Teaching poetry can be an effective way to encourage students to thoughtfully consider their experiences and build connections with their peers.
  • Making In-Class Reading More Engaging in Middle and High School

    Deep thinking and active collaboration aren’t mutually exclusive. These strategies extend silent reading by centering student engagement.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 3 Great Discussion Models for High School English

    These models move beyond Socratic seminars to provide students with authentic, engaging class discussions.
  • 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.
  • 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 Culturally Responsive Approach to Teaching the Alphabet

    Students get excited about phonics when educators teach the alphabet alongside art, citizenship, and explorations of culture.

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