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October 12, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Places Where Students Can Tell Their – And/Or Their Families – Immigration Story

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Students having an “authentic audience” for their work – in other words, someone other than their teacher – can have a major positive effect on motivation (you can see the research behind this claim at The Best Places Where Students Can Write For An “Authentic Audience”).

Here are the best places that students can share their own immigration stories, and/or those of their families, so that an authentic audience can read or see them. Their stories can also remain anonymous at these sites by using a pseudonym:

Clearly, the best one is from the University of Minnesota – Immigrant Stories. Their announcement today that they are expanding their local program internationally (see the NBC News article, Immigrant Story Archiving Project to Expand Internationally) is what prompted me to post this list. It’s a video archive, and it includes a step-by-step interactive on planning a video, including offering specific suggestions of topics (for example, focusing on an object).

“My Immigration Story” is designed for immigrants to share their story in 200 words or less. It’s specifically designed to:

Let other Americans know how the current generation of immigrants is helping enrich this land of opportunity.

The famous New York City Tenement Museum, located near where my father was raised, has just expanded its facility and website. You can read more about it at NBC News, NYC’s Tenement Museum Will Now Showcase a Puerto Rican Migrant Family . They’ve added some additional nice resources. One is Your Story, Our Story is a digital archive where students can upload images of family objects and their stories.  It has lots of decent free lesson plans to use with it.

Let me know if you know of other similar sites!

October 8, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Drafting Board” Is A Good Interactive For Teaching Argument

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I’ve previously posted about how impressed I am with recent improvements to the iCivics site (see iCivics Steps Up Its Game Big Time With Free Virtual Classrooms & Primary Source Interactive).

Today, through Education Week, I learned about yet another relatively new addition called Drafting Board.

Here’s how they describe the tool:

This online tool walks students through the process step by step, showing them how to understand an issue before taking a side, use evidence to support a claim, and address the opposing point of view. At the end, students have a complete argumentative essay with an introduction, body, counterargument, and conclusion.

You have to register to use it (it’s free) and then students can log-in and work on seven different units. The units seem very accessible and engaging.

I’m adding this info to both:

The Best Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress

The Best Online Resources For Helping Students Learn To Write Persuasive Essays (which I have just updated and revised)

October 5, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The National Day Of Writing Is On Oct. 20th – Here Are 36 Related “Best” Lists

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“Every October 20, the National Council of Teachers of English celebrates the importance, joy, and evolution of writing through a tweetup, using the hashtag #WhyIWrite and events hosted by thousands of educators across the country.”

Here are thirty-six “Best” lists related to writing. I need to revised and update some of them, but many are up-to-date. The first two in particular are my “go-to” lists:

The Best Posts On Writing Instruction

The Best Websites For K-12 Writing Instruction/Reinforcement

The Best Places Where Students Can Write Online

The Best Sites For Grammar Practice

Not “The Best,” But “A List” Of Mindmapping, Flow Chart Tools, & Graphic Organizers

The Best Resources For Researching & Writing Biographies

The Best Resources For Learning How To Write Response To Literature Essays

The Best Places Where Students Can Write For An “Authentic Audience”

The Best Places Where Students Can Create Online Learning/Teaching Objects For An “Authentic Audience”

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

The Best Sites To Learn About Advertising

The Best Websites For Developing Academic English Skills & Vocabulary

The Best Online Interactive Exercises For Writing That Are Not Related To Literary Analysis

The Best Online Resources To Teach About Plagiarism

The Best Resources For Learning Research & Citation Skills

The Best Sites For Students To Create & Participate In Online Debates

The Best Online Resources For Helping Students Learn To Write Persuasive Essays

The Best Spelling Sites

The Best Sites For Gaining A Basic Understanding Of Adjectives

The “Best” Sites For Helping Students Write Autobiographical Incident Essays

The Best Sites To Learn “Feelings” Words

The Best Sites For ELL’s To Learn About Punctuation

The Best Resources To Help Students Write Research Essays

The Best Sites For Learning To Write A Story

The Best Writing Advice From Famous Authors

The Best Resources On Punctuation

The Best Resources On Getting Student Writers To “Buy-Into” Revision – Help Me Find More

The Best Sites For Collaborative Storytelling

The Best Online Tools That Can Help Students Write An Essay

The Best Videos & Articles Where Athletes Explain How Reading & Writing Well Has Helped Their Career – Help Me Find More

The Best Funny Videos To Help Teach Grammar – Help Me Find More

The Best Ways To Use Mistakes When Teaching Writing

The Best Funny Videos To Help Teach Grammar – Help Me Find More

The Best Video Clips On The Benefits Of Writing Well — Help Me Find More

The Best Resources For Teaching/Learning About How To Write Compare/Contrast Essays

The Best Links For Helping Students Learn How To Write “Leads” or “Ledes”

The Best Resources For Writing In Social Studies Classes

The Best Resources For Writing In Science Class

The Best Resources For Writing In Math Class

September 11, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video & Transcript Of President Obama’s 9/11 Memorial Speech & How I Will Use It In Class

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Among the many remembrances of 9/11 today, President Obama spoke at a memorial at the Pentagon.

The transcript of speech can be found here, and I’ve embedded him speaking at the bottom of this post.

I plan on have students first read this portion of the speech:

Groups like al Qaeda, like ISIL, know that…they will never be able to defeat a nation as great and as strong as America. So, instead, they’ve tried to terrorize in the hopes that they can stoke enough fear that we turn on each other and that we change who we are or how we live. And that’s why it is so important today that we reaffirm our character as a nation — a people drawn from every corner of the world, every color, every religion, every background — bound by a creed as old as our founding, e pluribus unum. Out of many, we are one. For we know that our diversity — our patchwork heritage — is not a weakness; it is still, and always will be, one of our greatest strengths. This is the America that was attacked that September morning. This is the America that we must remain true to.

Across our country today, Americans are coming together in service and remembrance. We run our fingers over the names in memorial benches here at the Pentagon. We walk the hallowed grounds of a Pennsylvania field. We look up at a gleaming tower that pierces the New York City skyline. But in the end, the most enduring memorial to those we lost is ensuring the America that we continue to be — that we stay true to ourselves, that we stay true to what’s best in us, that we do not let others divide us.

They then would respond to this prompt:

What does President Obama think is the best way to honor those who died on 9/11? To what extent do you agree with what he is saying? To support your opinion, be sure to include specific examples drawn from your own experience, your observations of others, or any of your readings.

Feel free to leave suggestions on how I can make this a better learning activity.

I’m adding this post to The Best Posts On Writing Instruction and to The Best Sites To Help Teach About 9/11.

August 26, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: “10 Strategies to Help Students Develop Intrinsic Motivation to Write”

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KQED Mindshift hosted a Facebook Live session with me this afternoon on “10 Strategies to Help Students Develop Intrinsic Motivation to Write.”

I’ve embedded the forty-minute video below. It seemed to go well and received quite a few positive comments. I kept it very practical. Feedback is welcome!

I’m adding this to The Best Posts on Writing Instruction.

August 20, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Important NY Times Column On Separating “Art & Artist” – Here’s The Writing Prompt I’m Using With It

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Roxane Gay has written a powerful essay in today’s New York Times headlined Nate Parker and the Limits of Empathy.

It’s about the recent media attention paid to past rape charges against the actor and director, whose movie, “The Birth Of A Nation,” is coming out soon.

It raises important points related to ethics and the arts.

I’m going to have my IB Theory of Knowledge students read it when we are in our Arts unit and have them respond to this prompt:

What does Roxane Gay say about separating “the art and the artist”? To what extent do you agree with what she is saying? To support your opinion, be sure to include specific examples drawn from your own experience, your observations of others, or any of your readings.

I’m adding this info to The Best Posts On Writing Instruction, where I keep links to multiple prompts.

August 1, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Write The World” Provides An Authentic Audience & A Space For Peer Review

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The great Vicki Davis just shared a link to a new resource, Write The World, on Twitter.

Write The World lets teachers set-up virtual classrooms for free where they can monitor student writing progress and, if they wish, let classmates use it for a peer review process. They can be private or public groups.

In addition, the site has writing contests, provides prompts, and encourages students to view each other’s work from around the world.

I’m adding it to:

The Best Places Where Students Can Write For An “Authentic Audience”

The Best Online Tools That Can Help Students Write An Essay

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