Category: Literacy / ELA

Inquiry in ELA: 10 Ways to Make it Work

As an English and speech teacher for mostly sophomores, I found myself frustrated when students seemed to be just going through the motions,...

Ideas for Engaging Students in End-of-Year Reading Reflections

It’s that time again when we will be saying goodbye to this year’s students. Whether they are moving on to a new grade, new school, or...

The Forgotten Strand in ELA: Speaking and Listening

Teachers of English know that the standards for language arts include more than literature and writing. We are responsible for language...

Create a Culture of Literacy 

Creating a culture of literacy in the school isn’t just about raising reading scores. Instead, when a community comes together to celebrate...

Do We Need a New Definition of Literacy?

Most educators define literacy as the ability to read and write. And it is true, to be literate we need to know how to read and write. But is this...

Students Are Struggling. We Can Help by Letting Them Read!

The headlines and the frontlines agree on one important effect of the pandemic: Young people are struggling with mental health challenges like...

Want More Student Engagement? Hand Over the Controls

I am a recovered Type A secondary English teacher. I used to pride myself on not wasting a single minute of class time. I had a neat classroom,...

Using Picture Books to Engage in STEM/STEAM

When I worked at a children’s science center, my favorite time of the year was summer camp season. We ran seven weeks of summer camps every year...

Assessing Independent Reading Without Killing our Students’ Love of Books

Of course, educators want students to develop into lifelong readers and learners. We want our students to find genres, authors, series,...

Want Adolescents to Read? Environment Matters!

It was workshop week at the high school where I teach sophomore English and a ninth-grade literacy course. I was just beginning a year where I...

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