Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

September 18, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources For Learning About The Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Rohingya refugees fleeing persecution and death in Myanmar are numbering in the hundreds of thousands.

Here are resources to help teach and learn about what is happening (you might also be interested in The Best Sites For Learning About World Refugee Day):

The Rohingya Crisis is from CNN.

Rohingya crisis explained in maps is from Al Jazeera.

Myanmar’s Nobel Peace laureate is hiding from the world as her country moves closer to genocide is from Vox.

A Nobel Peace Prize Winner’s Shame is from The NY Times.

September 17, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

New StoryCorps Animated Video On Vietnam War

I’m adding this brand-new StoryCorps animated video to The Best Resources To Learn About The Vietnam War.

Here’s how they describe it:

After being drafted in 1969, Tom Geerdes served as an Army medic in the 11th Armored Cavalry in Vietnam and Cambodia. Like many veterans, he returned home a changed man. At StoryCorps, Tom shared his long journey toward healing with his daughter, Hannah Campbell.

September 17, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Excellent Article On Confederate Monuments For TOK Classes

I’ve been looking forward to tackling the controversy about Confederate monuments in this year’s Theory of Knowledge classes, and have been accumulating resources (see The Best Resources For Teaching About Confederate Monuments).

In TOK, we talk about how winners end up writing histories.

The New York Times has just published an interesting “take” on the issue that has this headline: When History’s Losers Write the Story. I hadn’t thought about the issue in the way as the author has framed it:

I’ll write about what I end up doing in class and how it goes. Let me know if you have any suggestions!

September 16, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

New Resources On Race & Racism


I’m adding these new resources to either A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More or A Collection Of Advice On Talking To Students About Race, Police & Racism:

The ‘war on whites’ is a myth — and an ugly one is from The Washington Post.

They See Color… Even When You Don’t is from Urban Education Mixtape.

Here’s a video about The Race Card Project:

The Benefits Of Having A Black Teacher is from City Lab.

Efforts to ‘raise the bar’ for becoming a teacher are running headlong into efforts to diversify the profession. Now what? is by Matt Barnum.

The Resegregation of Jefferson County is from The NY Times. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About School Desegregation (& Segregation) – Help Me Find More.

Why are there so few black male teachers? is from American Public Media.

Minority Teacher Recruitment, Employment, and Retention: 1987 to 2013 is from The Learning Policy Institute.

September 15, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

U.S. History Students Creating A “Buffalo Hide Painting” – Lesson & Student Hand-Out

Each year in my ELL U.S. History class we learn about how Native Americans used buffalo hides, including for buffalo hide paintings.

You can see the entire lesson at our U.S. History Class Blog.

After students make them, we do a “speed-dating” routine where students tell each other their stories and they have to complete the following form (you can download it here):


Name _______________________________________

“Speed-Dating” Form


  1. Can you tell me more about….?
  2. How did you feel when…?
  3. How do you feel now about….?
  4. Can you think of anything you would do differently?



* What story has a similarity to yours?  What is it?



* What story has a difference from yours?  What is it?



* What is something you found interesting?


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