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English Language Arts

ELA Update - February/March 2014

Welcome English Educators,

In an ongoing attempt to share information and research that crosses my desk with Missouri’s educators, I have added a number of new resources. Please share this far and wide with educators you know. Remember, resources from previous months have been moved to the “ELA Resources” link on the right.

As we move into the spring, if you’re looking for assessment resources (grade-level and EOC), you’ll find them on the right.

Additionally, there will be a new webinar on academic vocabulary coming to both the Missouri Learning Standards website and this page. Look for that in the next couple of weeks.

As always, if there is ever anything I can do to better support your work in the classroom, let me know.

Melia Franklin

Director of English language arts


Twitter: @MeliaFranklin

Articles/Hot Topics/Research


Middle School
Gwen Flaskamp writes about why to teach poetry under the Common Core.


The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) and the Program for Teaching East Asia (TEA) at the University of Colorado invite applications for a residential summer institute for elementary teachers.

Texts and Contexts: Teaching Japan through Children's Literature, June 22-26, 2014.

Application deadline: March 14, 2014.

Using children's literature, elementary teachers can guide students in explorations of other cultures while helping them develop literacy skills and knowledge of their world. This institute for K-5 teachers will introduce several exemplary works of children's literature as building blocks for teaching an integrated unit on Japan. Participants will have a unique opportunity to work with scholars of Japanese culture and children's literature. The institute is limited to 20 eligible teachers to be chosen through a selective application process. Participants will receive travel allowance, room and board, materials, and stipend.

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