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English Language Arts

From Socratic seminars to writing about Shakespeare, English Language Arts lessons build students' literacy skills. Watch and discuss how educators are helping students to become strong readers, writers, speakers, and listeners in these interactive videos.


Bridging Learning Gaps Through Small Groups

Small group instruction in action

Small groups can have a big impact on student learning. See how teachers can use small groups to bridge learning gaps between students.

Conferring with Readers

Strategies for Reading Workshop

Enter Emma Coufal’s reading workshop, where kindergartners are learning new reading strategies. Watch how Emma observes and listens to her students read, and then prompts and supports them to progress as readers.

Digging into Discussions with Questions

Encouraging peer conversations about text

In this video, Tch Laureate Maria Perryman invites us into her classroom to listen closely to a student discussion. How do we help students engage in text-based conversations? How do we encourage students to use questions?

Gradual Release of Responsibility in Reading Workshop

Shifting the cognitive load

Mini lessons are a great way to teach reading skills to young learners. In this video, watch how Emma Coufal scaffolds instruction so that students can learn to use their picture powers.

Higher Order Questions

Sarah's Summer Road Trip

Enter Thristene Francisco’s sixth grade language arts classroom to see how she uses student-driven questioning to engage students in rich discussion.

Leading with Learning Objectives

Framing a lesson

In this interactive video, we dive into a lesson where the instructor makes the most of learning objectives with her students.

Preparing for a Moral Reasoning Conversation

Scaffolding towards a Socratic Seminar

Enter Johanna Paraiso’s twelfth grade ELA class, where students are preparing for their first moral reasoning conversation, a scaffolded step toward a full Socratic Seminar.

Scaffolding for Student Success

Focusing on scaffolding as a strategy for moving students toward understanding a complex concept.

Setting Students Up for Productive Group Work

Giving directions as an opportunity to teach

In this video, Sarah Brown Wessling’s students are preparing to work in groups on a writing project. Watch how Sarah gives students directions as a way to prepare them for successful collaboration. Add your thoughts and see what your colleagues are saying.

Setting The Stage for Socratic Seminar

Reviewing objectives and setting goals

A Socratic Seminar is a powerful way to engage students. Learn how you can more effectively prepare your students for this effective teaching technique.

Stepping Back & Observing Group Work

Examining student learning

In this video, Sarah Brown Wessling’s students work in groups on a writing project. Watch how Sarah takes a backseat role while her students collaborate and think about how she set students up for success.

Success Criteria & Peer Feedback in Kindergarten

Teaching Young Students How to Give Effective Feedback

Tch Laureate Marion Ivey takes us inside her kindergarten classroom where she’s working with her students on using success criteria to give peer feedback.

Supporting Controversial Conversations

Sharing and defending an argument

In this video, Johanna Paraiso’s twelfth grade students have just finished the first part of a conversation on a moral reasoning topic related to A Brave New World. Watch how she supports the students in this challenging task.

Supporting Students with Targeted Instruction

Building reading skills in small groups

Watch how Tch Laureate Geneviève DeBose uses small group instruction to teach her middle school students about determining main events in books.

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