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March 19, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Sites For Learning About The Marshall Islands


We have quite a few students from The Marshall Islands at our school. I’ve shared related resources in various past posts, but I thought it would be useful for me to bring them all together.

I’ll be adding this list to The Best Geography Sites For Beginning & Intermediate English Language Learners:

The Secrets of the Wave Pilots is a big new story in The New York Times Magazine, and this is what has prompted to me to make this list.

Marshallese Poet Brings UN To Tears With Climate Change Poem & Provides Extraordinary Opportunity To ESL Teachers

Pacific Islander Poets Use Art, Stories to Urge Climate Action at UN Conference is from NBC News.

For The Marshall Islands, The Climate Goal Is ‘1.5 To Stay Alive’ is from NPR.

Arkansas a refuge from rising seas in Marshall Islands is a fascinating article from the Associated Press.

A Simple Lesson On Climate Change For English Language Learners

Climate Change Has Reached Our Shores is by the President Of The Marshall Islands, and appeared in the New York Times.

A ground zero forgotten: The Marshall Islands, once a U.S. nuclear test site, face oblivion again is from The Washington Post.


How Stuff Works has a brief overview of the islands.

Check-out panoramic images of the islands.

Here’s a slideshow of the islands.

CBS News has a “Fast Facts” sheet on the islands.

The Marshall Islands Journal is a local newspaper website.

Here’s a video report on weapons testing in the islands.

The BBC has a Marshall Islands country profile

Marshall Islands Facts comes from National Geographic.

Marshall Islands Stamps

Marshall Islands Stamps 1

Marshall Islands Stamps Part 2

Marshall Islands Stamps Part 3

Marshall Islands Picture Gallery

Marshall Islands Picture Gallery 1

Marshall Islands Picture Gallery 2

Marshall Islands Historical Images

Marshall Islands Historical Postcards

This Arkansas Radio Station Became a Hub for People From the Marshall Islands is from NBC News.

September 16, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Destination Unknown” Is A Well-Done Online Geography Game


Destination Unknown is a very slick online geography game using Instagram photos. It’s particularly good because it offers hints. Unfortunately, since it utilizes Instagram, there’s probably no guarantee that all the photos will be classroom appropriate, though I didn’t see anything bad when I played the game.

Because of that potential issue, and because it may not be around for the long-term (since it’s sponsored as a promotion by a company), I’m not going to add it to The Best Online Geography Games. But it still might be worth a visit.

May 2, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo

Here’s The Writing Prompt I’m Using For My Geography Class

'Cambridge Univeristy Press: Geography for the IB Diploma: Patterns and Change: Paul Guinness' photo (c) 2010, Richard Allaway - license:

As regular readers know, I teach a Geography class for English Language Learners (and will be teaching similar U.S. History and World History courses next year).

Here’s the simple writing prompt I’m using as part of my semester final (you can download it here):

Geography Final Essay

“I was not sorry for loving Charleston or for leaving it. Geography had made me who I was.”
― Sue Monk Kidd, The Invention of Wings

“Do you understand the sadness of geography?”
― Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient

“All I ever wanted was a world without maps.”
― Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient

Pick one quotation from these three and respond to the writing prompt:

Writing Prompt

What do you think the writer is saying about geography? To what extent do you agree with what he or she is saying? To support your opinion, be sure to include specific examples drawn from your own experience, your observations of others, or any of your readings.

Quotes found at

April 15, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Spacehopper” Is One Of The Best Geography Games I’ve Seen


There are quite a few online geography games out there, and you can see them at The Best Online Geography Games. Many of them are pretty hard, and can be frustrating to students.

Spacehopper is a new online game that isn’t easy but, after showing you a Google Street View image of a location, provides clues that make it less difficult. You’re shown a map with various dots on it, as well as the map outline of the country. After three guesses, you’re given the answer along with information on the location.

Thanks to Google Maps Mania for the tip.

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