Want engaging articles and videos to help learn English language concepts like grammar, vocabulary, and literary devices in a colorful way… connected to REAL LIFE? No matter what your age or role, if you’d like to learn more about how to use words well, you’ve come to the right place!
Why Trust This Educator?
My name is Lillie, and I’ve been a public school English teacher since 2003, earning National Board Certification (a prestigious level of educator achievement) in 2013. I also serve as a mentor for developing ELA teachers in partnership with Harvard University.
I’ve taught English Language Arts to grades 7-12, plus adult ESL on 5 different continents, including such locations as Boston (where I currently teach middle school), Peru, and Ghana. See? I’ve had some practice in learning how to teach ELA, so you’ll be well taken care of as you continue to read — though I can’t promise to protect you from my abundant enthusiasm.
This article is a directory of some of the most popular online ELA lessons I’ve created so far, spanning my three websites, Around the World “L” Educational Blog), Teaching Traveling Global Community, andDrawings Of…Educational Cartoon Site. Yes, I write a lot! ‘Tis my joy to do so, and I hope these articles help you — or your students or family — to dive into the delights of the English language.
FUN English Language Lessons
Colorful articles and videos to teach and learn English grammar, vocabulary, literary terms and devices, usage, and writing for all ages, from an experienced teacher. ELA fun!
What does "influence" or "influencer" actually mean? Here's my take on the best definition, and the reality of the concept -- as photographed in a bizarre photography playground. (Yes, I'm sitting on a lip-shaped couch in that photo.)
This concept of an "in between space" is key in life and literature. Here are some examples, as illustrated by a train ride between Boston and New York City -- plus the famous work of literature, Catcher in the Rye.
My other site is chock-full of cartoon-illustrated English lessons like this one, which teaches the difference between "passed" and "past," and how to use each word correctly in sentences -- with funny examples.
One of the most delightful literary devices to teach or is the type of figurative language called "onomatopoeia" -- sound effect words! This cartoon-filled article and video explain examples and a trick to remember the spelling.
Yes, I love liminal spaces so much that I wrote a whole second article about them, illustrating them by hand in cartoons on my new site, and connecting them to our current time, and anti-racist activism!
This is one of the key concepts to understand in order to create a respectful environment. Illustrations and the video in this article mean it can be shared with students or groups to discuss.
Which English Concept is YOUR Favorite?
Are you a fan of foreshadowing? Do you go limp with love for liminal spaces? Is is a verb? Does your heart go pitter-patter for performativity? I’m so curious which of these articles on ELA concepts you most love, so do share in the comments section.
See something missing? If you want a vocabulary word, grammatical concept, or literary device explained with creative drawings in my next article, do leave a comment with your request, and I’ll see what I can do to concoct something fabulous for you. Hooray for English language learning love!
The author, Lillie Marshall, is a 6-foot-tall National Board Certified Teacher of English, fitness fan, and mother of two who has been a public school educator since 2003. She launched Around the World “L” Travel and Life Blog in 2009, and over 4.2 million readers have now visited this site. Lillie also runs TeachingTraveling.com and DrawingsOf.com. Subscribe to her monthly newsletter, and follow @WorldLillie on social media!