Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

September 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Nice Climate Change “Explainer” From The NY Times

A couple of years ago, The NY Times published an excellent climate change “explainer” – a list of questions about it with short and simple answers.

They’ve just put a band-new, updated and more attractive interactive version headlined Climate Change Is Complex. We’ve Got Answers to Your Questions. I think it’s perfect for classrooms.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Learn About Climate Change.

September 20, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Students Can Research Holocaust News Coverage With “History Unfolded”


History Unfolded is a project of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Here’s how they describe it:

What could Americans have known about the Nazi threat from reading their local newspapers in the 1930s and 1940s? You can help the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum find out. Join our team of citizen historians whose research will be shared with scholars, curators, and the public.

They have a special page for educators, including lesson plans and resources. Students research newspaper archives to identify articles to contribute to the museum’s database.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where Students Can Transcribe Historical Texts.

September 20, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Here’s What My ELL Students Are Reading & Writing About Columbus

We’re learning about Christopher Columbus in my ELL U.S. History class, and Columbus Day is coming up in the United States (you can see many of the resources we’re using at The Best Online Resources About Christopher Columbus).

In our culminating project, students will be reading Columbus Day: Some Love It, Others Not So Much, an article from Learning English – Voice of America (it also provides audio support for the text).

They then will respond to this prompt, which includes limited paragraph frames (you download the entire document here).

Let me know if you have suggestions on how I can make it better!

September 19, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Study Finds Adding More Periods Of Instruction That Didn’t Work In First Place Doesn’t Help High School Readers

I will always remember interpreting for a colleague who was telling a student and his mother that he offered tutoring after school everyday.

“But, Mr. ____, you teach the same way then that I didn’t understand during class,” replied the student.

Now, Evidence in Brief has shared a an update on a big study titled Effective Reading Programs for Secondary Students.

Here’s an excerpt:

The same Evidence In Brief shared another study that found minimal positive impacts on increasing class time for all students.

I’m adding this info to The Best Resources On The Idea Of Extending The School Day.

September 19, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Using “Spot The Difference” Pictures With ELLs

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

I like to use “Spot The Difference” pictures with my Beginning English Language Learners.

There are plenty online, and I’m usually able to find one related to the theme we’re studying at the time (just search “Spot The Difference +[theme] )

For example, we’re learning about “School” right now, and I found this Spot The Difference picture of a classroom.  Students first labeled objects in the picture that they already knew.

Students will use these sentence frames tomorrow, share with partners and then share with the class.  It’s a fun way to review and practice writing, speaking and listening.  The sentence frames obviously be modified in many different ways:

Are there any other ways you use Spot The Difference images?

You might also be interested in The Best “I Spy” (Hidden Object) Games For Vocabulary Development.  I use those in in a similar way.

I’m adding this info to The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons.

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