Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

July 9, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

New Resources On Climate Change


Here are new additions to The Best Sites To Learn About Climate Change:

Seven Things to Know About Climate Change is from National Geographic.

Heatwaves: Number of deadly heat days is an interactive map that lets you track…heatwaves over the years.

Climate Impact Map is another impressive interactive map showing the pas and future of climate change.

July 9, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Privilege & Chief Justice Roberts’ Commencement Speech

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts gave a speech at his ninth-grade son’s graduation, and it’s been receiving rave reviews across the land.

It really is a good speech, and you can watch it in the video embedded below, and you can read the transcript here.

But, ever since I heard about it last week, something has been bothering me. His son’s school is an exclusive one (its six week summer session alone costs $9,000) and, I suppose, many students whose families can afford that kind of money might need to hear this message:

I just wish some of the fawning media coverage of the speech made a mention of the fact the majority of students attending public schools in the United States live in poverty, and I think they need less unfairness and bad luck in their lives.

It would have been nice, too, I think, if Chief Justice Roberts has made at least a small allusion to that reality.

But maybe I’m over-reacting. Let me know what you think.

But I’m still not adding it to The Best Commencement Speeches.

July 6, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

“25 Moments That Changed America”

At the end of each semester and/or school year, I have my ELL History classes do a final project where they have identify the most important people or events in history and, obviously, justify their choices.

I usually share a model or two from The Best “Lists Of Lists” Of History’s Most Influential People, Events & Ideas.

I’ve just learned that every July 4th, TIME publishes the thoughts of different historians on “25 Moments That Changed America.”

Here are their choices from 2017, 2016 and 2015.

I’ll be adding them to that “Best” list.

July 4, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best – Or, At Least, The Most Interesting – Resources About Ben Franklin

In the past, I’ve shared some interesting (at least, to me!) tidbits about Ben Franklin, and I thought I’d bring them all together. This “Best” list isn’t like many of others – you won’t find a lot of the basic info about him (however, you can find all that info at our U.S. History class blog). But you might find some resources you wouldn’t typically find in other places:

This copy of Ben Franklin’s Daily Schedule has been floating around the blogosphere and Twitterverse for awhile. Ben’s morning and evening questions are a pretty good framework for anybody’s day.

Benjamin Franklin's daily schedule

Thanks Nick Bilton

Here’s a newer video about his schedule:


The Ben Franklin Timeline is an interactive exhibition on Franklin’s life. It includes images, text, and some very good animations. It’s certainly accessible to English Language Learners, but not all parts of it would be good for Beginners.

Variations On “The Benjamin Franklin Effect”

Study: “Asking for Advice Makes You Seem More Competent, Not Less”

The Best Resources For Learning About “Psychological Effects” Useful To Teachers

Here’s more from Farnam Street on The Ben Franklin Effect.

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

“The Benjamin Franklin Effect” In The Classroom

Benjamin Franklin and deliberate practice is from Anecdote.

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