Using Drama in the ELA Classroom

Dr. Betsy Okello

Using Drama in the ELA Classroom

Speaking from her extensive experience teaching drama across cities and continents, Dr. Betsy Okello describes how she sees theater empower, engage, and embolden young people. She provides poignant examples of how her students have embraced reading and writing through the course of their performances. Ultimately, Dr. Okello illuminates just how crucial it is to promote the arts through our teaching practice. 

From the Experts at ENL: Take a Vocabulary Field Trip

Clare Roach, M.Ed., Katy Lichon, Ph.D., Jenny Dees, M.Ed

From the Experts at ENL: Take a Vocabulary Field Trip

The English as a New Language team, experts in literacy and language acquisition, describe the joy of Vocabulary Field Trips! When the ENL team discovered that wrote memorization was not enough to help students internalize new words, the teachers developed "field trips," a practice that invites students to go on a virtual journey where they can truly experience words in context. Read on to learn how this might come to life in your classroom! 

Move from “Stop Talking” to “Start Talking!” // Strategies for Building a Dialogic Classroom (Part 2 of 2)

Dr. Mike Macaluso

Move from “Stop Talking” to “Start Talking!” // Strategies for Building a Dialogic Classroom (Part 2 of 2)

Sometimes as teachers, it feels like we are constantly asking our children to stop talking. Dr. Mike Macaluso shares a solution: turn your classroom culture into one where structured talking is encouraged throughout class! Through the strategies outlined in this post, harness the power of talking-to-learn to help your students better comprehend what they are reading. 

Move from “Stop Talking” to “Start Talking!” // The Importance of Building a Dialogic Classroom (Part 1 of 2)

Dr. Mike Macaluso

Move from “Stop Talking” to “Start Talking!” // The Importance of Building a Dialogic Classroom (Part 1 of 2)

Sometimes as teachers, it feels like we are constantly asking our children to stop talking. Dr. Mike Macaluso shares a solution: turn your classroom culture into one where structured talking is encouraged throughout class! Harness the power of talking-to-learn to help your students better comprehend what they are reading. 

Poetry Matters // How to Help Your Students Become Poets (Part 2 of 2)

Dr. Kati Macaluso

Poetry Matters // How to Help Your Students Become Poets (Part 2 of 2)

In the midst of National Poetry Month, CLE professor Dr. Kati Macaluso shares part 2 of her Poetry Matters blog post. In the first post, Dr. Macaluso argued why we should value and study poetry in ELA classrooms. Here, Dr. Macaluso offers 3 strategies to enliven a love of poetry in our students and to empower them to write their own poetry. 

Poetry Matters // The Case for Teaching Poetry in Every ELA Classroom (Part 1 of 2)

Dr. Kati Macaluso

Poetry Matters // The Case for Teaching Poetry in Every ELA Classroom (Part 1 of 2)

In the midst of National Poetry Month, CLE professor Dr. Kati Macaluso makes a compelling case for why English teachers should make space for poetry in their practice, even though the poetry genre is largely unrecognized within the Common Core State Standards. In her second post on the topic, Dr. Macaluso will share concrete strategies for enlivening a love of poetry in our students. 

Lessons in Literacy // Social Justice Poetry in the Middle School Classroom

Darby Evans

Lessons in Literacy // Social Justice Poetry in the Middle School Classroom

Happy National Poetry Month, dear readers! In this installment of the Lessons in Literacy series, CLE team member Darby Evans shares a social justice poetry project she shared with her eighth grade students. Students investigated injustices in modern society and, in response, used poetry as a platform to speak out against the problems they saw. 

Guided Reading and Centers // Meeting Individual Needs in the Elementary Classroom

Drs. Ernest & Jodene Morrell

Guided Reading and Centers // Meeting Individual Needs in the Elementary Classroom

Attention elementary teachers everywhere: Centers don't have to be scary! Ernest and Jodene share how to introduce centers gradually in an ELA classroom, and they also explain the usefulness of guided reading as a key component of the centers structure. 

Have Your Pi and Eat it Too: The Case for Math Connections in Reading Class

Patrick Kirkland, ACE Teaching Fellows

Have Your Pi and Eat it Too: The Case for Math Connections in Reading Class

Happy Pi Day! On this date (3.14), schools across the nation celebrate the number that figures so prominently into mathematical calculations. So today on the blog, we've asked math educational expert Patrick Kirkland to help us English educators learn to show a little love for numbers in our class. Turns out, helping our students develop their math skills helps them become better readers. Who knew??

Lessons in Literacy // Defining Poetry and Constructing Meaning with High Schoolers

Dana Deradoorian

Lessons in Literacy // Defining Poetry and Constructing Meaning with High Schoolers

For our next installment of the Lessons in Literacy series, the CLE is pleased to spotlight educator and AmeriCorps member Dana Deradoorian. Through this series, teachers periodically share their classroom successes on the CLE blog. Here, in honor of upcoming National Poetry Month, Ms. Deradoorian explains how she helped her high schoolers discover that poetry is not something entirely abstract and unknowable. In this lesson, students not only gain an appreciation for poetry in its many different forms, but they also begin to see how poetry is relevant and connected to their everyday lived experience. Enjoy!

Teen Tech Week // Blended Learning & Literacy in Middle School

Francesca Varga

Teen Tech Week // Blended Learning & Literacy in Middle School

As Teen Tech Week continues, we celebrate the ways that digital resources can improve literacy and access to books. In the second half of a two-part post, blended learning expert Francesca Varga shares how teachers can use digital resources to personalize and optimize literacy learning for students. This post focuses specifically on middle school students.

Teen Tech Week // Blended Learning & Literacy at the Elementary Level

Elizabeth Anthony

Teen Tech Week // Blended Learning & Literacy at the Elementary Level

Today, March 5, marks the beginning of Teen Tech Week, a celebration of the ways that digital resources can improve literacy and access to books. In a two-part post, blended learning expert Elizabeth Anthony shares how teachers can use digital resources to personalize and optimize literacy learning for students. The first post focuses specifically on elementary students.

From "The Outsiders" to "The Hate U Give": Young Adult Literature Interprets the Headlines

Dr. Lynne Vallone, Rutgers University-Camden

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Dr. Lynne Vallone, expert in children's literature and girls studies, explores how young adult literature helps young people navigate complicated issues they see in the world around them. Dr. Vallone will be one of the keynote speakers at the International Girls Studies Association meeting at Notre Dame on February 28-March 2. 

Rethinking Effective Writing Instruction for English Learners: The Promise of Genre-Based Pedagogy

Dr. Laura Hamman-Ortiz, University of Colorado-Boulder

Rethinking Effective Writing Instruction for English Learners: The Promise of Genre-Based Pedagogy

Dr. Laura Hamman-Ortiz, educational linguistics expert and CLE Coyle Fellow, shares how a genre-based approach to writing instruction can benefit students who are English Learners (ELs). She explains the Teaching and Learning Cycle in depth, a process for writing that can be adapted to any grade level and subject. 

Importance of Student Voice & Choice // Part 2 of 2

Drs. Ernest & Jodene Morrell

Importance of Student Voice & Choice // Part 2 of 2

In Part 2 of 2 posts, Ernest and Jodene Morrell explain the necessity of student voice and choice in empowering young readers.

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