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English Language Arts

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

  • Teenage girl sitting on floor at home doing homework with laptop and books

    Essay Assignments That Actually Engage High School Writers

    Cookie-cutter essays may reflect students’ attitude toward the assignment, not their writing ability. Here’s a way to make that stack of grading more rewarding.
    Jori Krulder
    1.2k
  • Two elementary students work together on their tablets while wearing masks in socially-distanced classroom

    Reading Mysteries Gets a Boost With Flipgrid

    When one teacher’s students share their understanding of mystery books using the popular app, their enjoyment becomes a model for younger readers.
    371
  • Teenage boy with headphones on couch on laptop

    Using Hip-Hop to Promote SEL Competencies

    Song lyrics—whether familiar to students or not—can be used to explore the social and emotional learning skills that many teachers seek to encourage in students.
    430
  • 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.
    8.8k
  • 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.
    42.1k
  • 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.
    2.2k
  • 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.
    2.2k
  • 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.
    17.8k
  • 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.
    2.5k
  • 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. 
    1.8k
  • 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.
    2k
  • a row of colored pencils

    50 Writing Prompts for All Grade Levels

    Sometimes students need a little push to activate their imaginations.
    50.8k
  • Teenage girl takes notes while reading a book

    Encouraging Students to Read for Deeper Comprehension

    Attentive coaching and carefully crafted assessments guide high school students toward literacy skills that last a lifetime.
    852
  • 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.
    2.7k

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