Each month, we share five things we love as part of our Footnotes Newsletter. Take a look at some of our favorite English language arts articles we read in August!

1. Make Your “Summer Resolutions” a Reality This School Year

Did you spend a ton of time this summer coming up with new ideas to implement in your classroom, only to have those plans swept away in the back-to-school chaos? Never fear! On her blog, Catlin Tucker presents five tips on how to stick to your “summer resolutions” as the year progresses.

2. OPINION: Why every English teacher should assign Toni Morrison

The literary world lost a legend when Toni Morrison passed this month. In this essay for The Hechinger Report, Justin Snider examines why it’s essential for students of all backgrounds to read Morrison’s work in the English classroom, especially in today’s divisive social climate.

3. Building & Maintaining A Fabulous Classroom Library

Earlier this month, Brynn Allison hosted an ELA Twitter Chat all about classroom libraries! From organizing your inventory to sourcing books, this post includes insightful tips on how to build your own classroom library, all shared by educators like you.

4. Starting the School Year on a Creative Note

With so much going on at the start of the year, it’s easy to fall back on the same old icebreakers, syllabus reviews, and other typical classroom procedures. Instead, John Spencer believes this time is better spent doing creative team-building activities. What are these, and how exactly can you incorporate them? Read his post to find out!

5. A Few Ideas for Dealing with Late Work

It’s inevitable: At some point this year, you’ll have students turn in assignments well past the due date. How exactly should you handle this dilemma? Over at the Cult of Pedagogy, Jennifer Gonzalez offers eight potential solutions to this pressing problem and tips on how to prevent it in the first place.