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September 23, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Examples Of Student Work From My ELL History Classes

I’ve previously written posts about using the 3-2-1 strategy in classes (see The Best Ways To Use “3-2-1″ As An Instructional Strategy) and about using inductive learning (see The Best Resources About Inductive Learning & Teaching).

I thought readers might be interested in seeing some work representative of what’s being typically done in my English Language Learner U.S. and World History classes using those two strategies.

First off, World History students read a chapter on Hunter-Gatherers and, after applying a number of reading strategies, had to create a poster with these elements:

* Three words they thought are critical to understanding the chapter, what they mean, and why they think the words are so important

* Two phrases critical to understanding the chapter and why they think they are important

* One quotation critical to understanding the chapter why they think the quotation is important

* A drawing representing something important about the chapter

Students then shared them in a “speed-dating” style with multiple classmates, including asking each other questions using an academic question-starter sheet (see The Best Resources Sharing The Best Practices For Fruitful Classroom Discussions).

Here’s a photo of one piece of student work:

Three two one

U.S. History students, after completing a chapter on Christopher Columbus and then reading and categorizing a text data set (a series of short passages), they researched additional information about Columbus online, chose what they thought was the most important piece of information in each of the four categories, explained why they thought it was important, and drew an image illustrating it. They then, too, shared and discussed them in a “speed-dating” styles.

Here are a couple of examples of students work:

Three two one

Three two one

Considering that these classes are each a combination of Beginner and Low-Intermediate English Language Learners, and that these were the first times each class had done these types of projects, I think they did well.

And they’ll only get better….

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September 22, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

“The Early Warning Project” Provides Assessments Of Where Mass Violence Is Likely To Occur


The Early Warning Project is a useful new site for the classroom – and an important site for the entire world.

It’s a joint project of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Dartmouth College. It:

measures, tracks, and analyzes known risk factors that could lead to a future instance of mass atrocities. The data, along with real-time analysis from regional and genocide experts, generate a forecast.

It has an interactive map, along with accessible data visualizations and narratives providing in-depth analysis of current situations in high-risk countries.

You can also read more about it in the Associated Press story, Holocaust museum tool aims to predict, prevent mass killings.

I’m adding this post to The Best Resources For Learning About Genocide.

Here’s a video about the project:

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September 21, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Just Updated Resources For Teaching Latitude & Longitude

I just completely revised a surprisingly popular one of my lists, The Best Sites For Teaching About Latitude & Longitude.

I deleted several old links and added a whole bunch of new ones. Feel free to make additional suggestions.

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September 20, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Pope’s Canonization Of Junipero Serra Is A Great Teaching/Learning Opportunity – Here’s What I’m Doing

As many people know, the Pope is going to make Fr. Junipero Serra a Saint this week.

Whether Fr. Serra deserves to be one is a big question that provides an excellent teaching and learning opportunity – particularly here in California. And it’s great timing since we happen to be studying the California Missions this week, too.

I have collected a bunch of accessible resources related to Serra and the Missions at my U.S. History Class Blog for English Language Learners, including a modified version of an excellent article appearing the San Francisco Chronicle this morning.

I’ll be giving students the following writing prompt:

Fr. Junipero Serra Writing Prompt

The Pope is making Fr. Junipero Serra a Saint this week. Please learn about Serra’s life and the work of the California Missions by looking at the materials and videos on our class blog. Then, list the reasons some people support him being named a saint. Next, write about the reasons why some say he should not be made a saint. Then, say which side you agree with and why.

This is a version of:

They Say

I Say

Why I Say It

Let me know if you have suggestions on how I can make this a better project for my ELL students, including suggestions for additional accessible resources I should add to our class blog.

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September 20, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

New Resources On Race & Racism

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

‘Racial Mismatch’ Changes Teacher Expectations for Students, Study Finds is from Ed Week.

Report: Minority Teachers Are Quitting at Rapid Rates is from NBC News.

The number of black teachers has dropped in nine U.S. cities is from The Washington Post.

More Minority Students, Fewer Teachers of Color is from The Atlantic.

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