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  1. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Peek, Peak, Pique: Using Homophones to Teach Vocabulary (and Spelling!)
    Argues that regular homophone practice enhances vocabulary knowledge, spelling skills, pronunciation ability, and overall reading proficiency. Describes how card games played with decks of homophones helped to accomplish these things. Notes particular benefits of homophone games to ESL students, and outlines key advantages of using the games.
  2. Professional Development | Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Re-envisioning Research
    Describes a research paper in the author's high school English classroom which connected to the lives and interests of students, who delved into community problems with as much rigor (and using many types of research as traditional essays exploring arcane philosophical questions). Describes creating a context for exploration, and students' final projects.
  3. Professional Development | Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Research Matters: What Kinds of Classroom Discussion Promote Reading Comprehension?
    "Research Matters" provides teachers with review and application of research that illuminates the daily concerns and activities of English language arts teachers and classrooms.
  4. Professional Development | Grades   9 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Sharing Stories and Developing Multiple Perspectives in Post-9/11 Classrooms
    Sensitive to the increased importance of valuing diversity and diverse points of view since 9/11, this article describes activities through which ESL students contribute new knowledge to their classes while simultaneously improving their English language skills.
  5. Professional Development | Grades   K – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Sound and Sense in Children's Picturebooks
    Explores (from the point of view of the writer, a children's author) one aspect of learning about language that is present in the picture books he writes: the relation between sound and sense.
  6. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Spelling: From Invention to Strategies
    Veteran educator Howard Miller shares a set of strategies that can propel middle school writers (and "inventive" spellers) into the role of being responsible and strategic in this Voices from the Middle article.
  7. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Stop Pretending and Think about Plot
    Jago offers a review of Freytag's Pyramid and an example of how work with the concept of plot structure positively affected student understanding and writing.
  8. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Technology in the Language Arts classroom: Is It Worth the Trouble?
    Suggests the authentic audience found on the Internet has a profound effect on the quality of student writing in all grades, and that the key to successful technology projects is integrating them into the curriculum so that computers are a means, not an end. Offers ideas for classroom activities and projects using stand-alone computers, and using computers with Internet access.
  9. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Technology That Powers Up Learning
    By designing lessons to activate prior knowledge and linking these activities to reading and writing, teachers found that students were more engaged, that they learned more material more quickly, and that they more willingly incorporated reading into their lives.
  10. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    The Literature Circle: Reading Like a Writer
    Reading internalizes every aspect of good writing—if you're reading good writing, which most middle school textbooks aren't. Here are criteria and suggestions for good content-area articles and trade nonfiction books.

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