Each month, we share five things we love as part of our Footnotes Newsletter. Check out some of our favorite English language arts articles.

1. Why Should You Read Edgar Allan Poe?

In this short, 5-minute TED talk, educator Scott Peeples explores what makes Edgar Allan Poe one of the greatest American authors.

2. Identity in the 21st-Century Classroom

High school teacher Gena Mendoza shares an exercise on creating identity collages for the classroom.

3. The Syntax of Things: Lesson Ideas for Syntax Study

Enjoy this 3-day lesson series on analyzing literature for syntax from teacher Karla Hilliard.

4. Catching Lightning in a Bottle

"If you know your students well, adapting your lessons around a current event that interests them may be the right move."

5. A Poem With heart

High school teacher Melissa Smith outlines a lesson in poetry from pre-writing activities to exploring mentor texts.