Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

June 27, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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A New NY Times “Copy-Edit This” Interactive Just Published

The New York Times has been periodically publishing a neat ten-question interactive challenging readers to identify grammar errors that have appeared in The Times.

It’s called “Copy-Edit This.”  It’s too hard for most ELLs, and some of the questions are even too hard for me!  But they might have some use in the classroom.

They just published Copy edit This! No. 7 Quiz.

Unfortunately, they don’t appear to have tagged them in any way so you can access them at in one place.  However, I’ve got you covered!

I’ve been collecting all the links at Excellent Series Of Interactive “Copy-Edit This!” Quizzes In New York Times.

April 27, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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NY Times Learning Network Announces Their Fabulous Annual Summer Reading Contest

The New York Times Learning Network has just announced their annual fantastic summer reading contest.

You can read all about it at The Eighth Annual New York Times Summer Reading Contest.

Simply put, students can read whatever they want on The Times site and write about it, and then the Network publishes the best contributions each week.

Anything that can help reduce the “Summer Slide” is appreciated!

I have a ton of resources on the topic at The Best Resources On The “Summer Slide.”

You might be particularly interested in one of the posts on that list, Updated: Here Are The Sites I’m Using For My Summer School “Virtual Classroom.”

March 16, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Help Me Create A Series Of Lessons On “Reading As An Act Of Rebellion” (Or Let Me Know If You Have One Already)

Today’s New York Times has a column headlined Books Can Take You Places Donald Trump Doesn’t Want You to Go.

I don’t think it’s particularly good – it’s more of an example of how to use a lot of words to sound fancy without having much substance. But it did remind me of a study that showed students were more likely to eat healthy foods if they viewed it as an act of rebellion against the food industry (see Study: Teens are more likely to eat healthy if they think it’s rebellious).

So I began to wonder if it couldn’t hurt to do a series of lessons on reading as an act of rebellion…

Obviously, excerpts from Fahrenheit 451 could be used. There are lots of online resources about real-life book burning (here’s a timeline a series of photos and a history of book burning).

I found this article in The Guardian: Reading the revolution: the book club that terrified the Angolan regime.

Of course, The Best Resources For Banned Books Week could be used, too.

I figure someone must have already created this kind of lesson, and I’m hoping you’ll read this post and share it in the comments.

I’m not thinking that it would have some kind of dramatic impact on a non-reader, but I also don’t think anything bad could come out of it.

It seems to me that Anne Frank (The Best Sites To Learn About Anne Frank) provides a ready template for a similar series on writing, but I’d also like to hear ideas on that, too…

December 24, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New PBS News Hour Video: “This graphic novelist and reading ambassador tells kids to reach beyond their comfort zone”

The PBS News Hour just ran this segment.

Here’s how they describe it:

Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang wrestled with his identity growing up, but he’s made the Chinese-American experience one of the main subjects of his critically acclaimed work. One of this year’s MacArthur Fellowship winners and the national ambassador for young people’s literature, Yang sits down with Jeffrey Brown to discuss his childhood, his love of coding and the feeling of being an outsider.

December 20, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources On “The Danger Of A Single Story”

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Many readers are probably familiar with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED Talk, “The Danger Of A Single Story.” If not, I’ve embedded it below:

Over the years, I’ve shared other related resources, and I thought it would be useful to bring them all together in one place.

They include:

TED-Ed has a fairly good lesson using her Talk. It’s definitely worth exploring…

The importance of who is telling the story is a critical one in history, broader social change, and education. Of course, in IB Theory of Knowledge, the idea of who is telling the story in in history an important part of the course.

The late Chinua Achebe who, in an interview where he spoke about “the danger of not having your own stories,” said:

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David B. Cohen and I led a workshop on the topic a few years back as it relates to education policy, and David wrote two posts on the idea: “The Danger of a Single Story” Part One and Part Two.

Tell a different story about Santa this holiday season is by Peggy Albers.

You might also be interested in an article I wrote for The New York Times Learning Network a few years ago called English Language Learners and the Power of Personal Stories, as well as Students Remember More When They Tell Stories.

Black History Month & the Danger of a Single Story is from The Morningside Center.

November 25, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: Big Bang Theory Shows (Sort Of) How Close Reading Is Supposed To Work

English teacher and author extraordinaire Jim Burke shared this video on Twitter.

The clip shows (minus the peer insults) how close reading might work in a perfect world.

I’m adding it to The Best Resources On “Close Reading” — Help Me Find More.

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