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September 10, 2016
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This Is The Revised & Updated Three-Day 9/11 Lesson I Did This Week (With Hand-Outs & Links)

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I’ve previously shared the three-day lesson I usually do with my English Language Learner History classes, and this past week did it again. I made some changes, however, and thought readers might find it useful for me lay-out exactly what I did (and if readers don’t find it useful it will at least be helpful to me next year when I do it again!).

You might also be interested in The Best Sites To Help Teach About 9/11.

FIRST DAY

First, I had students create a K-W-L chart titled 9/11 and had them write what they thought they knew about it. Students then broke into groups of three to share and add anything they might have heard from their group members. Most knew very little, if anything – “people died,” “terrorists attacked America,” “bin Laden did it” were the comments from the few who had heard anything about it prior to Wednesday. I had people share to the entire class and added to a class K-W-L chart on the document camera.

Next, I asked students to write down at least two questions to which they wanted to learn the answers about 9/11. We repeated the sharing process and added to the class K-W-L chart.

I then told the class we were going to watch a few videos and I wanted them to write at least ten new pieces of information they learned from them – particularly the answers to the questions they listed. I showed these videos, stopping often to highlight pieces of information for them to add to their chart:

Brainpop 9/11 Movie (It’s available for free)

10 Iconic 9/11 Images

First Plane Crashing Into The World Trade Center

Second Plane Crashing

Interest and engagement steadily increased during the class, with lots of questions and comments.

I then shared a short video, along with images, from the New York Times about the 9/11 Museum.

I then gave students homework which was a list of questions they had to ask their parents/guardians. I’ve uploaded it here if you want use it or make changes, and will also share it in this post:

Please ask your parents or grandparents these two questions:

1. What do you remember about the terrorist attack in New York City ten years ago on September 11th?

2. What major acts of political and/or criminal violence do you remember in your native country? Please describe what happened.

How did it affect you and your family? How did it make you and them feel?

How did it affect our native country?

Lastly, I asked students to think for a moment how they think 9/11 might have affected their life in any way, had them share with a partner, and then with the class.  All the Muslim students (Afghani refugees) said basically the same two things – “Now people think all of us Muslims are terrorists” and “We probably wouldn’t be here in the United States” – and all the non-Muslim students couldn’t think of anyway it affected them.  We had a brief discussion of how the attack disrupted potential immigration reform.  This last part went okay, but was clearly the weakest part of the lesson.  I need to think more about it, and am open to hearing suggestions — about this and all part of the whole thing!

SECOND DAY

I asked students to take out their K-W-L charts and reminded them about the last video we had seen — about the 9/11 museum.  I explained we were going to watch another video about it, and asked that they add new information they learned to their chart.

I showed this short ABC News video about the opening of the museum.

I then asked them to think about this question without saying anything:

Why do you think they have a museum there?

After a minute, I asked students to share their answer with a partner and we then shared in the class.  There were several responses, including “To remember them.”

I then passed out this “Remembering People Who Died” chart.  You can download it at the link, and here are the questions:

Think of important people who have died — in your family, in your home country.

Who are they?

1. _________________________________________________________________

2. __________________________________________________________________

3. ___________________________________________________________________

How do you remember them?

When do you remember them?

Why do you remember them?

Why do you think we try to remember the people who died on 9/11?

I modeled the “Who are they?” section and listed my father, first wife and Muhammed Ali, and encouraged students to pick people who they are close to and people who might be more well-known.

Then, I modeled a response to “How do you remember them?” (think about them, look at pictures), and then students wrote down their answers.

Next, I modeled a response to “When do you remember them?” (family events), and then students wrote their own.

Then, I had students write answers to “Why do you remember them?” without modeling an answer, and did the same with the last question, “Why do you think we try to remember the people who died on 9/11?”

Students then shared in groups of four, and I called on different ones to share with the class.  There were several many moving responses, though the answers to the last question were all fairly vague – “They were important” or “We want to honor them.” I shared my response, which was two-fold: One, to honor people who help others – all those firefighters and police who sacrificed their lives to save people.  Before I gave my second response, I asked one of the Afghani students to share her comment from the day before about how 9/11 affected her  and she shared that people think all Muslims are terrorists.  I then said another important reason to remember 9/11 was because there were only nineteen Muslim terrorists and asked students how many Muslims they thought were in the world.  They answers millions, and we talked about how nineteen is a small number compared to that large number.

I then had students take out their homework and we did a “speed-dating” sharing with students lined up across from each other recounting the responses they received from their parents.

We were then running out of time, so I showed a couple of other short videos about 9/11: from Fox News and from The Telegraph.

Third Day

Students converted the answers they received from their parents and their K-W-L chart into a Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting 9/11 with violent events in their own country (I used print-outs from Read Write Think – Venn Diagram and Compare/Contrast Planning, along with this model Compare/Contrast essay.

Please leave comments with suggestions on how I can make this a better lesson next year!

May 23, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Updated: Here Are The Sites I’m Using For My Summer School “Virtual Classroom”

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NOTE: I have added ReadWorks to both Work History and U.S. History – see “ReadWorks Digital” Came Online Today & It Looks Great!

I’ve written a lot about the “summer slide” (see The Best Resources On The “Summer Slide”)  and how I try to combat it by creating virtual online classrooms that students use during vacation time (our district used to have money for summer school, but that time is far in the past).

Even though I’m a big believer in intrinsic motivation, I am not above both offering extra credit for the following year’s classes (either in my classes if they are having me again, or in other classes where I make arrangements with their teachers) and by telling them that they will function as “teaching assistants” in next year’s classes if they complete all the assignments.

Here are the updated sites I’ll be having my students use over the summer (we always spend a couple of classes at the end of the school year familiarizing them with the sites):

My Beginning/Intermediate ELL English Class Students

Of course, Duolingo is number one and is free. It’s very easy to set-up a virtual classroom to monitor student progress.

Raz-Kids
costs $110 a year for a class, but I’ve always thought it was worth it, and have used it for many years. It has lots of “talking books” and interactives.

USA Learns is for Beginners, Low-Intermediate and Intermediate ELL’s, and has reading, speaking and listening activities. Teachers set up the class, and students enroll themselves after you set up the class.

My ELL Geography Students Who Will Be Taking World History Next Year

I’m creating free virtual World History classrooms on these sites:

Think Circa – you can read my previous post about the site here.

Power My Learning

Hstry – you can read my previous post about the site here (I haven’t yet decided for sure about it, though).

OpenEd – you can read my previous post about this site here.

My ELL World History Students Who Will Be Taking U.S. History Next Year

Zoom-In – you can read my previous post about this site here.  You can create a free virtual classroom.

In the subscription I have for Brainpop, only three log-ins can be used at any one time.

Though I have fifteen students who will be entering U.S. History next year, unfortunately, I think only about six or seven of them will actually do online work over the summer. Part of that small number is due to the fact that some are going to Mexico over the summer and don’t expect to have Internet access.

Because I have such a small number who I think will use the summer sites, however, it means that just having three log-ins to Brainpop should be workable. I’m having them view all the U.S. History videos there and complete the quizzes. They will print-out each quiz they complete and give me a packet at the beginning of next year (I also gave them the option of taking pictures of the quizzes to send me, but they all seem more interesting in the print-out versions).

I’m Adding “Zing” To List Of Sites I’m Having Students Use This Summer

So that’s my list, and I’d love to hear more suggestions!

(FYI, my Beginner and Intermediate ELL students will also be taking my Geography class next year. If they do anything over the summer, though, I want them to work on their English through Duolingo and USA Learns. If I wanted them to get a head-start on Geography, though, I’d pay $100 for a classroom in IKnowThat.)

Also, check out “TIME/Edge” Could Be Useful For Students Over The Summer

NEW: Sites On Economics My Students Will Be Using In Their Virtual Summer School

March 1, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best & Most Useful Free Student Hand-Outs Available Online – Help Me Find More

This “Best” list is going to a very popular one that’s starting off short, but it’s going to be getting longer as time goes on.

I thought it would be useful to me, and to others, to gather links to the best free downloadable student hand-outs that are simple and useful.

Here is my criteria. They need to be:

* Fairly generic. By “generic,” I mean that they can be used more than one time during the year and, ideally, be applicable in a number of different lessons. I think you’ll get a clearer idea of what I mean after you see the ones I start off with in this post.

* Promote some degree of higher-order thinking. You won’t find downloads to a basic reading comprehension sheet on this list.

* Free-of-charge, and not requiring even site registration in order to access it.

This is just a beginning list I wanted to put out there.  I have previously shared many free downloadable forms that I and others have created, but it will take me a while to revisit all of them to see which are appropriate for this post. Please leave additional suggestions that meet the criteria and, if I agree that they do, I’ll add them to the list and, of course, give you credit for suggesting it.

Here goes:

You might want to start at Not “The Best,” But “A List” Of Mindmapping, Flow Chart Tools, & Graphic Organizers.

The Best Scaffolded Writing Frames For Students

Teaching and Learning with Science Media is from KQED and shares some hand-outs that can be very useful in all subjects, not just in science.

The New York Times Learning Network has a great collection of these kinds of “reusable activity sheets.” Their excellent Text To Text series offers ideas on how to use them. Here’s another more recent link to them, but I’m not sure if it includes just the same ones or has new hand-outs, too.

Here’s a Critical Reading Study Guide.

Document Analysis Worksheets are very useful student handouts from The National Archives.

All of the student hand-outs, and there are a lot of them, from my last several books are available for free download. You can get the ones from my student motivation books here and from my teaching English Language Learners book here (click on “Bonus Web Content”).

Jossey-Bass is making all the lesson plans and student hand-outs from our Navigating The Common Core With ELLs book available for free online – you don’t even have to register to get them! Just go to our page on the publisher’s site and download away!

You might also find The Best Sites For Free ESL/EFL Hand-Outs & Worksheets useful.

You’ll find multiple versions of forms my students use to evaluate me and our class at My Best Posts On Students Evaluating Classes (And Teachers).

Smithsonian’s “Our Story” Is A Valuable Resource For Teachers & Parents (nice forms to use on field trips to any museum)

Read Write Think has lots of great interactives. I recently learned, though, that they also have PDF versions of many of them.

Brainpop has some nice graphic resources on their Printable Resources page.

Again, this is just the beginning.  Suggest away!

October 1, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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A Simple Lesson On Climate Change For English Language Learners

My colleague and co-author Katie Hull Sypnieski (with whom I’m writing a sequel to our surprisingly popular book, The ESL/ELL Teacher’s Survival Guide) are teaching a lesson on climate change to our Intermediate and Advanced English Language Learners on Friday. I’ll be combining my Intermediate class with her Advanced one.

I thought readers might be interested in hearing what we will be doing…

First, we’ll show students two short videos on climate change after providing a short introduction to it. There are surprisingly few accessible videos out there, and I think these are the two best ones — Brainpop’s animation on Global Warming (happily, they make this video available free) and this one from the Australian government:

Next, we’ll explain that the United Nations had a special meeting last week on climate change, and that a Marshallese poet recited a poem that brought many delegates to tears (see Marshallese Poet Brings UN To Tears With Climate Change Poem & Provides Extraordinary Opportunity To ESL Teachers). We’ll give everyone a world map, and our Marshallese students will explain where the Marshall Islands are located.

We’ll then give students a copy of the poem, read it to them, and then show one of the videos that accompanies the poem that is embedded in my post about it. Then we’ll have students work in pairs to write in their own words what they think the different stanzas of the poem mean, and discuss it in class.

Next, we’ll show a video of the poet reciting the poem at the United Nations.

Then, depending on how much time we have left, we’ll bring students to the library to do research so they can write an “ABC” paragraph in response to this question: Answer the question, Back it up with evidence like a quotation, make a Comment or Connection. You can read more about this strategy here.

How do you think climate change will affect you?

They’ll research resources at The Best Sites To Learn About Climate Change. They’ll also be able to use information they learned from the two videos.

Their homework will be to write the paragraph, and then they’ll share it verbally with classmates on Monday.

Let me know if you have suggestions on how we can make the lesson an even better one!

October 9, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Online Activities For Learning About Time Zones

This is a quick “The Best” list I’m putting together for my Geography class tomorrow. Fell free to offer additional suggestions:

A Brief History Of Time Zones is from The BBC.

Geography : Time Zone Quiz

Time Zones Game

Time Zones Challenge

United States Time Zone Quiz

Time Zones

More on Time Zones

Even More on Time Zones

Time Zones Again

One moment around the world

United States Time Zone Quiz

Time Zone quiz

BrainPop Time Zone movie (requires paid subscription)

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September 13, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Geography Sites For Beginning & Intermediate English Language Learners

As I mentioned earlier this week, because of an unexpected substantial increase in our student enrollment and the resulting scheduling challenges, I volunteered to convert one period of my Beginning and Intermediate English Language Learner class into a Geography class. I think Geography is a great tool for language acquisition.

I have a more expansive The Best Websites For Learning & Teaching Geographylist, but I thought readers might find it useful to see the sites I plan to primarily use in this class. I’ll be expanding the number of sites, but these are a good start:

Let me know if you think I’m missing any….

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June 25, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources For Learning About The 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

(Ideas for English Language Learners | Election 2012 is my post at The New York Times Learning Network. I think teachers of non-ELL’s might find it useful, too.)

It’s that time again in the United States.

Here’s a beginning list of The Best Resources For Learning About The 2012 U.S. Presidential Election, and I’m sure I’ll be adding tons to it as the election approaches:

Election 2012 comes from Scholastic.

There’s no question in my mind that the National Mock Election Game is the best site for English Language Learners. It has a fair amount of audio support for text. Intermediate ELL’s should be able to play it. (Unfortunately, it appears that they have taken it off-line. The site still has some useful materials, but I wouldn’t rate them that highly. I’ll contact them to see if they are going to put the game back on the site at some point).

Here are a couple of sites that help you determine what kind of President you would be: PBS’ President For A Day and Are You Presidential Material? from Channel One.

All About Electing A President Of The United States is a very simple guide to the presidential election process. Ben’s Guide To The Election Of The President provides the same type of information, as does a summary from Enchanted Learning.

After students develop some background knowledge about how the Presidential elections work, it might be useful to spend a little time on the electoral college. 270 To Win has a lot of information displayed graphically about previous Presidential elections and what polls are saying now about the upcoming election.

I should at least mention an excellent online game developed by Cable In The Classroom called eElections. However, it’s probably only accessible to very advanced English Language Learners.

CNN has a nice comic-book-like interactive called Eight Steps To The White House. It’s an overview of the election process.

Ask A President is also from CNN. Four virtual presidents answer basic questions about the Presidental election process and how the U.S. Constitution works.

An Electoral College Primer is a bit dry, but makes a good attempt at explaining this crazy system of ours.

Time Magazine has a slideshow on The Voting Machines of America.

Cast Your Vote is an interactive where you can simulate casting a vote in a voting machine.

How Design Can Save Democracy is an interactive graphic from the New York Times that shows a sample Presidential ballot and how it can be designed to be more user-friendly.

The Harford Courant has an interactive graphic demonstrating the voting system in that state.

The Best Places To Learn About President Barack Obama’s Life

See a biography of Mitt Romney at The Biography Channel. You can also see a list of his positions here.

Predict a winner: Battleground states is an interactive from the Los Angeles Times.

The Washington Post also has an interactive predictor.

Brainpop has a series of good movies, but you have to either subscribe or register for a trial period.

The Economist has several good “videographics” on the election.

Election 2012: Teaching Ideas and Resources is from The New York Times Learning Network.

10 Tools, Apps, Interactives And Other Projects Around 2012 U.S. Elections is a post at 10,000 Words, and it really is quite an impressive collection.

I Side With is a new cool interactive for learning about the Presidential campaign. Here’s how NPR describes it:

The site’s purpose is to show you which presidential candidate’s views most align with yours by running you through a short quiz that asks your stance on various policy issues, then determines which candidate most agrees with you.

It’s not a new idea — similar quizzes popped up the past few election cycles. But what sets this one apart is the social-media angle: The site allows you to share your results with your friends or to comment via Facebook, and it shows you the states where candidates best match up with the quiz takers.

States of play is an interactive from The Economist.

Candidate Match Game II is from USA Today.

Vote 2012 is a neat interactive map from the PBS News Hour.

Milestones: Paul Ryan is a New York Times interactive.

Race to the White House is an Associated Press interactive.

Timeline: Paul Ryan through the years is from CNN.

Here’s a CNN “Explainer” about political conventions:

Mitt Romney’s Life is an interactive from The Wall Street Journal.

Conventional Wisdom is a WSJ interactive about political conventions.

The New York Times has put together a word cloud indicating the most common words used in speeches at the Republican Convention (I assume they’ll continue to add to it as the Convention goes on). They now have one for the Democratic Convention, too.

The New York Times Learning Network has published an excellent series of lessons on the 2012 elections this week. Most are too challenging to many English Language Learners, but can be modified.

YouTube Politics has video about the elections from multiple networks.

VISUALIZATION: The Most Memorable GOP Convention Moments is a very interesting interactive. The Economist has a good explanation about it.

Where Do You Fit? Introducing The Pew/NewsHour Political Party Quiz is a very accessible interactive from the PBS News Hour.

Play The Election is the newest incarnation of the great Play The News gaming platform. Be sure to click on “Play Games.”

Great Free Web Sites for Teaching Election 2012 is from The New York Times Learning Network.

A comparison of key words spoken by the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates during their convention speeches comes from The Washington Post.

Race to the White House is an Associated Press interactive.

Vote Night lets you use a Google Map to predict the election results. It’s similar to several other sites I’ve previously described. However, Vote Night gives you an embed code for your creation so you can add it to your blog or website. Thanks to Google Maps Mania for the tip.

Here are some new additions that are specifically related to campaign ads:

Political Communication Lab from Stanford has what appears to be all the video campaign ads from this and many past elections.

The Museum of The Moving Image has a similar collection.

Getting to Know the Candidates: Analyzing Their Campaign Ads is a simple but decent lesson plan from Education World.

How To Watch A Political Ad is from Annie Murphy Paul.

The Attack Ad, Pompeii-Style is from The New York Times.

Here are “60 Years Of Presidential Attack Ads In One Video”:

The History Channel has a nice collection of related videos.

Watching Debates With Kids is a good piece from Middleweb, and includes a nice downloadable sheet that students could use while watching the presidential debates.

Adomatic is from the National Constitution Center and lets you create your own Presidential campaign ad. Thanks to Richard Byrne for the tip.

Salon has just published this video, along with an analysis of what it shows:

Patterns Of Deception is a page from the site Flack Check, sponsored by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.

This is how it describes their feature:

The Patterns of Deception page identifies recurrent deceptive techniques in the 2012 campaign season, provides illustrations of each and links to FlackCheck.org videos that debunk the deceptive content. These materials are designed to help viewers identify flaws in arguments in general and political ads in particular.

Students are encouraged to ask people in the community about the election and post their video to YouTube by the site Engage2012. You can read more about it in an article by educator Esther Wojcicki.

Understanding and Hosting a Post-Presidential Debate is from the PBS News Hour. To tell the truth, I’m not really impressed with most of it. However, I really like this downloadable student hand-out.

Turning Points: Top Debate Moments is an interactive from The Wall Street Journal.

Game Changers is a very ambitious interactive/game from ABC News.

Pearson OLE has a good series called “Breaking Down The Issues.”

Here’s a video from The New York Times on Presidential Debate Moments:

Resources for Designing a Political Ad Campaign Project is from Edutopia.

Teaching With the Presidential Debates is from The New York Times Learning Network.

Presidential Debates Trivia is an interactive from The Associated Press.

Creators of negative campaign ads use neuroscience, skip the facts, go for your emotions is a very interesting newspaper article. Thanks to Frank Baker for the tip.

The New York Times has published a very nice series of “unforgettable” moments from past Presidential debates. You watch the short video clips and then vote for your “favorite.”

History Says, Debate Moments Matter is from NPR, and includes several video clips.

Lynn University has created
a number of debate-related curriculum materials. You can learn more about them at Valerie Strauss’ blog.

The Guardian has created Spin It! Create your own lines from the presidential debates. It shows most of the debate’s transcript, and you can drag and drop words into a box to create your own “soundbite.” Then, you’re given a unique url address to your creation which you can share.

Here are three New York Times resources on the presidential election:

What Romney and Obama’s Body Language Says to Voters

Quiz: Presidential Election History

Wall Street Takes a Beating in Campaign Ads

Here is a neat interactive I learned about from Go Kicker. It’s particularly timely for my Theory of Knowledge class, since we’re learning about Language right now and I just had students do research on their own names. They’re answering the question: “How might your name and the story behind it affect how you see yourself and how others see you?”


TV ads in the 2012 presidential campaign is an interactive from The Washington Post.

Presidential debate: which words did the candidates use? is an intriguing visualization from The Guardian.

Interactive video transcript of Denver debate is from Al Jazeera and lets you “clip” sections and send or post them.

Spin It! Create your own lines from Biden and Ryan’s vice-presidential debate is another cool interactive from The Guardian. It lets you mix-and-match words from the Vice-Presidential Debate and share what you come up with — perfect for English Language Learners.

CNN has a map with videos from around the world providing international perspectives on the U.S. Presidential election. I think it’s one of the most useful sites I’ve seen this year.

Students Create Video Ads for Historical Presidential Elections is from The New York Times Learning Network.

The Associated Press has an interactive showing the percentages of naturalized voters, and their countries of origin, for each state.

The PBS News Hour has a good lesson plan, along with an interactive, where students create their own Presidential ad. However, they require Facebook login to use the interactive. I don’t know what in the world they were thinking — with Facebook being blocked in most schools, how do they expect students to use it?

Here are two resources about the second Presidential Debate:

The Words They Used is a pretty interesting Word Cloud from the Wall Street Journal.

Here’s an interactive
from The Guardian that lets you copy and paste words of the transcript and create your own “quotation” that you can share online.

The Electoral Map: Building A Path To Victory is a New York Times interactive you can use to identify who you think is going to win which battleground state, and then get a link to your prediction.

The Art of Creating The Presidential Campaign Ad is by Frank Baker, and includes a useful student hand-out.

Build Your Own Election Map is an interactive from The Wall Street Journal. I’ve got several somewhat similar tools on this list, but this one appears to be the best of the bunch. It shows the electoral maps from the last two elections, important current data from each state, and new poll information. In addition, you can get a direct link to the map as you predict it to turn out.

Watching U.S. Race, Other Nations See Themselves is from The New York Times.

The US election and your country is from CNN.

Spin It! Create your own lines from the Obama-Romney foreign policy debate is from The Guardian.

BBC poll: Rest of world favours Obama is from The BBC.

Obama-Romney foreign policy debate: Mapping the mentions – interactive comes from The Guardian.

4 Powerful Messages That Stand Out in a Sea of Advertisements is from The New York Times.

Images, Themes and Props in Presidential Campaign Ads is from The NY Times.

The Associated Press has a new interactive.

Teaching the Election in the Final Week: Bellwethers, Unicorns and Attack Ads is from The New York Times Learning Network.

Interactive: Which US candidate suits you? is from Al Jazeera.

Campaign Explorer is a collaboration between Google and CNN.

I Want My Country to… is a New York Times interactive. Here’s how they describe it:

The New York Times and CBS News asked a sample of Americans about their opinions on issues that may affect their vote in the presidential election. Below are six questions from the poll.

Make your choices and see how you compare to those who agree and disagree with you, based on the national sample.

The Best Photos of the Entire Presidential Campaign is from The Atlantic.

The Guardian has published an excellent online “graphic novel” reviewing the 2012 Presidential election. For English Language Learners especially, I don’t think there’s anything better out there on the election.

Source: shareasimage.com

Here’s the transcript and video of President Obama’s victory speech (you may have to click through to see the video if you’re seeing this in an RSS Reader):

Barack Obama’s victory speech – full text




Here’s an infographic from The Associated Press of the election results.

Here are some interesting cartograms of the results.

Exit Polls: Casting Ballots in 2012 is a Wall Street Journal interactive.

How 3,195 Counties Add Up to an Obama Win is another Wall St. Jrnl interactive.

Here’s a collection of 2012 Election Graphics from The Washington Post.

Here are two very interesting interactive quizzes from the PBS News Hour:

What’s Your Election Report Card? Introducing The Pew/NewsHour Quiz

Where Do You Fit? Introducing The Pew/NewsHour Political Party Quiz

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May 15, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Sites For Learning To Write A Story

I’m doing a unit on writing a story with my Beginning English Language Learners, and, since I’m taking them to the computer lab tomorrow, I wanted to see if I could pull together some useful online interactives for them.

I’m sure I’ll be adding to this list, and I welcome your suggestions.

You might also be interested in The Best Websites To Help Beginning Readers ; The Best Resources For Learning How To Write Response To Literature Essays and A Beginning List Of The Best Folklore & Myth Sites.

Here are my choices for The Best Sites For Learning About Writing A Story:

Here Are The Ten Downloadable Graphic Organizers I Use With ELL Beginners To Write A Story

Here’s My Entire ELL Beginners Seven-Week Unit On Writing A Story (Including Hand-outs & Links)

Elements Of A Story comes from Annenberg.

Brainpop, Jr. has some nice accessible movies, though, of course, you have to pay for them or get a free trial:

Setting

Character

Plot

Flocabulary has a video on storytelling elements that’s not accessible to English Language Learners, but they do have a simple graphic organizer that could be useful.

Additional suggestions are encouraged, please.

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