Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

August 21, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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You Might Find My New U.S. & World History Class Blogs Useful

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I’ll be teaching English Language Learners World History, United States History, Geography, and English this year (along with my IB Theory of Knowledge classes).

I’ll be revising and updating my very extensive U.S. History class blog and creating an entirely new one for World History (I’m just beginning to add content to that one now).

You can also find a list of all my blogs here.

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August 21, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Three Good Resources On Race & Racism

Regular readers (and not-so-regular readers, since the posts have been so popular) know that I’ve been collecting resources daily on the shooting death of Michael Brown — How Many Of Our Students Feel This Way? (Resources On The Shooting Death of Michael Brown).

Those Michael Brown resources are part of a broader “The Best” list that has also become very popular — A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism.

Here are three valuable additions to that broader list:

The racism of the US criminal justice system in 10 charts is from Vox.

America’s Racial Divide, Charted is from The New York Times.

Ferguson, Watts and a Dream Deferred is also from The New York Times.

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August 21, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Excellent Redesign For Site Highlighting UK Museum Interactives

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Show.me, the popular site that collects interactives from museums throughout the United Kingdom, has just unveiled a brand-new (and sorely needed) redesign.

It looks great!

I’m adding it to The Best Collections Of Online Educational Games.

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August 20, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Watch This Video That Uses Legos To Illustrate U.S. Economic Inequality…& Get Depressed

Here are new additions to The Best Resources About Wealth & Income Inequality:

The Brookings Institution has created this video to illustrate the lack of economic mobility in the United States to accompany this report:

Rich Kid, Poor Kid: For 30 Years, Baltimore Study Tracked Who Gets Ahead from NPR is a good piece to read their shares similar conclusions.

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August 19, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources For World Humanitarian Day

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The United Nations has declared today to be World Humanitarian Day:

World Humanitarian Day is a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. The day was designated by the General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq.

World Humanitarian Day is also an opportunity to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the globe

Here are some related resources:

The official website has a ton of resources.

World Humanitarian Day: voices from the field is an interactive from The Guardian.

Here’s a post from last year: Did You Know That Today Was Declared By The UN To Be “World Humanitarian Day”? Beyonce Did

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August 18, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“The History Project” Is A Great Resource For Teachers Everywhere

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The History Project is led by educators in Pakistan and India who have developed a website and textbook that show each country’s interpretation of their histories — side by side! You can see an image above (reduced in size) from their site.

Not only is a phenomenal resources for students in those two countries, it’s an extraordinary one for teachers everywhere. You can read more about it at NPR: Young Indians And Pakistanis Rewrite Their Shared History

It’s similar to one developed a few years ago by educators in the Middle East. Here’s what I wrote about it in The “Best” Resources For Learning About The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict:

The Peace Research Institute In The Middle East (PRIME) is an organization comprised of Israelis and Palestinians who have developed high school materials on the Middle East that are used in both communities.  As a Newsweek article explains, each page is divided into three: the Palestinian and Israeli narratives and a third section left blank for the pupil to fill in. “The idea is not to legitimize or accept the other’s narrative but to recognize it..”

All the PRIME materials can be freely downloaded from their site. They are far too advanced for English Language Learners, but the idea can used with modified materials about the Middle East conflict. 

Both these sites are great models for students to help understand the importance of walking in another’s shoes. I use this idea in both history and IB Theory of Knowledge classes.

I’m adding this new resource to A Beginning List Of The Best Geography Sites For Learning About Asia & The Middle East.

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August 15, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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BBC Produces Very Impressive World War I “Interactive Episode”

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The BBC has produced a very impressive online “interactive episode” — really, a “choose your own adventure” story — about World War One.

Here’s how The Telegraph describes it:

The interactive episode…. tells the story of the 1st South Staffordshire Battalion in one of the most deadly conflicts during the Battle of the Somme – the fight for control of High Wood on 14th July 1916.

Rather than passively watching the action unfold, the viewer is put in control of the choices that Corporal Arthur Foulkes must make to complete his mission. Like in a video game, on-screen buttons will appear when the viewer needs to make a decision to carry the story on.

Some of the situations will pose moral dilemmas and tricky tactical choices. For example, if the Corporal comes across a wounded enemy soldier on the battlefield, the viewer must decide whether to leave him, take him prisoner or shoot him.

Because of violent imagery, it requests that you verify that you’re over sixteen years old before you begin playing it.

I’m adding the site to:

The Best Resources For Learning About World War I

The Best Places To Read & Write “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories

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August 13, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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More Valuable Resources On Race & Racism

I’m adding these next two tweets to How Many Of Our Students Feel This Way? (Resources On The Shooting Death Of Michael Brown):

“At This Point, Ferguson Is a City Under Siege:What’s being described as a “riot” is looking a lot more like an occupation” is from The Atlantic.

And here are new additions to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More:

Poverty and Race in America, Then and Now is a very useful interactive.

“Please Don’t Ask Me That Question Again!” is from Black & Smart.

Why Educators Need to Step Up and Address Racial Injustice is by Melinda Anderson.

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August 12, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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More Resources On The Shooting Death Of Michael Brown

I’ve turned my previous post on Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri into a “Best” list on related resources.

Here are new additions:

The Media Keeps Failing Black Teens is from The Atlantic.

Black Kids Don’t Have to Be College-Bound for Their Deaths to Be Tragic
is from The Root.

Police Use Tear Gas On Crowd is from The Washington Post.

 

 

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August 11, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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How Many Of Our Students Feel This Way? (Resources On The Shooting Death Of Michael Brown)

The full story has yet to come out about what happened on Friday night in Ferguson (Vox has a good overview of what is known so far), but the larger narrative of the challenges facing so many of our African-American youth could not be more clear.

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Also, see You won’t prevent future riots by disregarding the psychology of crowds from The Guardian.

Lastly, check out the poem “Harlem” by Langston Hughes.

The Media Keeps Failing Black Teens is from The Atlantic.

Black Kids Don’t Have to Be College-Bound for Their Deaths to Be Tragic
is from The Root.

Police Use Tear Gas On Crowd is from The Washington Post.

“At This Point, Ferguson Is a City Under Siege:What’s being described as a “riot” is looking a lot more like an occupation” is from The Atlantic.

Wednesday Night Tweets From Ferguson, Missouri & Beyond

Thursday Night Tweets About #Ferguson #MichaelBrown

Friday Night Tweets About #Ferguson #MichaelBrown

Saturday Tweets About #Ferguson #MichaelBrown

Sunday Tweets About #Ferguson #MichaelBrown

Monday’s Tweets About #Ferguson #MichaelBrown

Tuesday’s Tweets About #Ferguson #MichaelBrown

Teaching Ideas For #Ferguson #MichaelBrown

Wednesday’s (2nd Week) Tweets About #Ferguson #MichaelBrown

I’m adding this post to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism.

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August 10, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Important Resources On Race

Though the circumstances of Michael Brown’s shooting last night in Missouri are still not clear, it does echo the deaths of so many other young African-American youth.

Here are some new additions to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism:

White People Are Fine With Laws That Harm Blacks is from Slate.

Telling white people the criminal justice system is racist makes them like it more is from Vox.

White people are winning the war on whites is from The Washington Post.

War Against Whites? I Think Not is by Charles M. Blow in The NY Times.

How Boston Public Schools Can Recruit and Retain Black Male Teachers is from The Shanker Blog.

What ‘War On Whites’? is from The Washington Post.

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