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…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

February 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources On The Trump Administrations New Immigration Enforcement Policies

I have an already-lengthy Best Resources For Learning About President Trump’s Executive Orders On Immigration & Refugees, but the policies announced today are worthy of their own “Best” list.

One of my previous posts, Immigration Fears Appear To Become Reality, contains several links to legal advice for teachers, students, and their families about how to respond to ICE raids. These new policies will certainly increase the levels of fear and stress among many of our students. As The New Yorker article, in particular, points out, another effect is likely to be undocumented parents not accessing services they and/or their children are entitled to out of fear.

Here are useful articles to learn about today’s announcement:

The government just put out the blueprint for President Trump’s immigration crackdown from Vox is probably the most complete article out there.

New Trump Deportation Rules Allow Far More Expulsions is from The New York Times, and has a link to a Spanish-language version.

Trump administration issues new immigration enforcement policies, says goal is not ‘mass deportations’ is from The Washington Post.

Millions targeted for possible deportation under Trump rules is from The Washington Post.

President Trump’s Fear-Based Immigration Orders appeared in The New Yorker.

Also, today, Politico reports on a related important story – The Trump administration is going to court to eliminate the right to a hearing before deportation of unaccompanied minors.

Could Trump Really Deport Millions of Unauthorized Immigrants? is a NY Times interactive.

February 20, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

I Really Like How SAS Curriculum Pathways Site Incorporates Knowledge Transfer In Social Studies

I’ve often written about how much I like SAS Curriculum Pathways, a free site with tons of interactive lessons that students can complete and then email to their teacher.

One particularly impressive feature they’ve added to a number of their U.S. History lessons is a task where students have to apply what they learned to a different fictional scenario. They talk about it in a blog post as an element of Bloom’s Taxonomy “apply” level, and it’s also an opportunity for students to “transfer” their knowledge (see The Best Resources For Learning About The Concept Of “Transfer” — Help Me Find More). More specifically, it’s an example of “near transfer” (applying knowledge to a similar situation) as opposed to “far transfer” (applying it in a substantially different arena).

If you’d like to learn more about transfer, check out the previously-mentioned “Best” list, as well as an excerpt from one of my books that appeared in The Washington Post, The real stuff of schooling: How to teach students to apply knowledge.

I’ll also be publishing a series on the topic later this spring at my Education Week Teacher column, which will include an experiment they’re doing – an animated video explaining the issue.

February 19, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

A History Of The United States’ Fear Of Immigrants

I’m adding these new resources to The Best Sites For Learning About Immigration In The United States:

America has always been hostile to immigrants is from The Washington Post.

A history of American anti-immigrant bias, starting with Benjamin Franklin’s hatred of the Germans is from Quartz.

We are a nation of immigrants and refugees. Yet we always fear who is coming next. is from Slate.
A Brief History of America’s ‘Love-Hate Relationship’ With Immigration is from The Atlantic.

February 18, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Executive Orders, Japanese-American Internment & Today

Sunday is the 75th anniversary of the Executive Order beginning the shameful internment of Japanese-Americans in World War II.

Karen Korematsu, daughter of Fred Korematsu, the famous resister of the order who was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his actions, has written a column in The NY Times column titled When Lies Overruled Rights. In it, she applies those 75-year-old lessons to today.

Here is an excerpt:

I’m adding this to The Best Resources On Japanese-American Internment In World War II.

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