Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

August 24, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Updated List Of Teaching Ideas For #MichaelBrown #Ferguson

I’ve previously posted this list of my choices for the best resources/ideas for teaching about the tragedy of Michael Brown’s shooting death in Ferguson. I’ve since added some new resources and thought it would be useful to share this updated list:

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August 24, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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More Resources On California’s Drought

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Creative Commons License Photo Credit: QQ Li via Compfight

Here are new additions to A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On California’s Drought:

Drought in California – in pictures is from The Guardian.

Tapping the final reservoir is an infographic from The Washington Post.

14 Facts Everyone Should Know About The California Drought is from BuzzFeed.

 

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August 23, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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More Important Resources On Race & Racism

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

The black-white gap in life expectancy is narrowing — but it’s still too wide is from Vox.

Gordon Parks’ 1950s Photo Essay On Civil Rights-Era America Is As Relevant As Ever is from The Huffington Post.

This is a great Louis CK piece on race. He says two classroom inappropriate words, but they are beeped-out:

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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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