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June 27, 2015
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Moving Video: “I’m HIV positive, do you dare to touch me?”

The Washington Post just published this story of a man working with a Finnish broadcasting company to “to demonstrate both what it is like to live with HIV-related stigma and raise awareness of HIV.”

I’m adding it to The Best Web Resources For Learning About HIV & AIDS.

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June 27, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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June’s “The Best” Lists – There Are Now 1,450 Of Them!

June 26, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Getting Student Writers To “Buy-Into” Revision

Many teachers, including me, have experienced the struggle of getting our students to buy into seriously revising their original drafts.

I’ve tried modeling my own writing process, and have met with limited success.

I’ve previously posted this sixth-grader interviewing President Obama. He cut the President off when he began talking about students needing to revise their writing, and that reflects many students’ feelings about it:

I was prompted to think about this by finally getting around to reading a late March New York Times column titled What’s More Important to You: the Initial Rush of Prose or the Self-Editing and Revision That Come After It?

I thought that this excerpt, in particular, would be a good one to share and have my mainstream students (I think it might be too difficult for my ELLs) respond to a prompt along the lines of:

According to Cheryl Strayed, what kind of relationship do original writing and the process of revising it have with each other? Do you agree with her? To support your opinion, be sure to include specific examples drawn from your own experience, your observations of others, or any of your readings.

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What strategies do you use to get students invested into revising their writing?

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

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June 26, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Video For All” Is A Gift For Any Language Teacher Who Uses Video

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Video For All is a European-funded site filled to the brim with ideas on how to use video in language-teaching.

It looks like an amazing resource.

Even better, Russell Stannard, who is the person who wrote about the site in his great email newsletter, has created a series of videos describing how to best use Video For All.

I’m adding this info to The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use Them).

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June 26, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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June’s Infographics & Interactives Galore – Part Two

There are just so many good infographics and interactives out there that I’ve begun a new semi-regular feature called “Infographics & Interactives Galore.”

You can see others at A Collection Of “The Best…” Lists On Infographics and by searching “infographics” on this blog.

I’ll still be publishing separate posts to individually highlight especially useful infographics and interactives, but you’ll find others in this regular feature.

Here goes:

The American civil war then and now interactive is from The Guardian. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About The American Civil War.

2 maps that show the Civil War really was about slavery is from Vox. I’m adding it to the same list.

The Atlantic Slave Trade in Two Minutes is from Slate, and is pretty amazing. I’m adding it to our US History class blog under Slavery In The Colonies.

What’s Really Warming The World? is an interactive from Bloomberg. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Learn About Climate Change.

I’m adding this next infographic to The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures:

9 Curious Wedding Traditions From Around the World
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June 26, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: “Watch President Obama deliver eulogy at Rev. Pinckney’s funeral”

Here is a video of President Obama’s moving eulogy at Reverend Clementa Pinckney’s funeral this afternoon. Here’s the transcript. I’ve also embedded some tweets sent during the service (Here’s a fascinating analysis of if by James Fallows):

I plan to highlight this next quotation in history class:

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