Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

June 25, 2015
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Short Analysis Of Obamacare Ruling Is Great Tool For Showing Students What Reading Is All About

Thankfully, the Supreme Court today ruled in favor of Obamacare subsidies.

Matthew Yglesias wrote a very useful, and short, piece on the decision that I think would be a great text for students to read and learn what reading is really all about.

Here’s a quick excerpt:

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I’m adding it to The Best Resources On “Close Reading” — Help Me Find More.

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June 25, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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JSTOR Unveils Potentially Useful “Teaching Resource Newsletter”

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JSTOR, otherwise known as that disappointing place that a Google Search links you to when you’re researching something and find that you have to pay $35 to access a study, created JSTOR Teaching Resources earlier this year and sent out their first newsletter today.

They’re making quite a few of their papers available for free through the effort though, for the life of me, I can’t imagine high school teachers using any of them apart from short excerpts (and that could be valuable). They do have some other resources, though, that might be useful, including an online course for high school students on how to research.

It’s worth keeping an eye on them to see what they can deliver in the future…

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June 24, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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10,000 Words Down; 70,000 More To Go By September 1st

My colleague Katie Hull Sypnieski and I have begun work on the sequel to our popular The ESL/ELL Teacher’s Survival Guide.

We have about 10,000 words done, and have about 70,000 more to go by our September 1st deadline. Thankfully, some of our colleagues are also contributing sections, so we should be able to get it done in time.

I think educators are going to find it very useful.

This will be my eighth book in eight years, and I have reached a firm decision — I’m going to give myself two years to do a book from now on. No more of this book-a-year business!

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June 24, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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A Milestone Of Sorts: There Are Now Exactly 1,450 Categorized & Regularly Updated “Best” Lists!

I just realized that, with the posting of another “Best” list yesterday, that the count has reached exactly 1,450 of them!

You can see all of them here, and they’re categorized, more or less. And most are regularly updated, too.

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June 24, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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What’s In A Name?

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The Best Places For Students To Learn About…Their Names is a “Best” list I keep updated and periodically use in my classes as a resource where students can learn about their names and the concept of names.

Here are some new additions to that list:

What your name tells us about your age, where you live, your political leanings and your job is from The Washington Post.

The Chinese Guide to Avoiding a Bad English Name is from The Atlantic.

What’s In A Name? It Could Matter If You’re Writing To Your Lawmaker is from NPR.

The importance of a name is from The Washington Post.

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June 24, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Wow! “Split This Rock” Looks Like A Great Resource For Social Justice Poetry

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Thanks to the Zinn Education Project, I learned about a great searchable collection of social justice poetry that was just unveiled today at Split This Rock.

Here is how it describes itself:

Split This Rock explores and celebrates the many ways that poetry can act as an agent for change: reaching across differences, considering personal and social responsibility, asserting the centrality of the right to free speech, bearing witness to the diversity and complexity of human experience through language, imagining a better world.

Split This Rock is dedicated to revitalizing poetry as a living, breathing art form with profound relevance in our daily lives and struggles. Our programs integrate poetry of provocation and witness into movements for social justice and support the poets of all ages who write and perform this vital work.

It looks like a great site, and I think teachers will particularly like that it’s searchable by theme and through other categories.

I’m adding it to The Best Teacher Resource Sites For Social Justice Issues.

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June 23, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources On Effective Note-Taking Strategies – Help Me Find More

As recent readers know, I’ve been doing research on metacognition as part of developing a new lesson plan. Effective note-taking could be an effective metacognitive strategy, and I thought I’d start a list of some resources and invite readers to contribute more:

If you need it, here’s a simple explanation of the Cornell Notetaking System.

4 Popular Note Taking Strategies is from Exam Time.

Note Taking Skills for 21st Century Students is by Vicki Davis.

Learn To Take Better Notes – 3 Note Taking Strategies Compared

Note taking Strategies for ELL Students in Content Area Classrooms

Visual Notetaking in the Classroom is by Wendi Pillars.

How English-Language Learners Have an Edge is by James Boutin.

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