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…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

August 13, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources On The Study Finding That Reading Books Makes You Live Longer


There’s been a lot of attention, both in this blog and elsewhere, on a recent study finding that reading books can extend your life.

I thought readers might find it useful if I put the best articles/videos about it together in one spot. And, since I’ll be preparing a lesson about it, a “Best” list will help me, too!

You might also be interested in The Best Posts On Books: Why They’re Important & How To Help Students Select, Read, Write & Discuss Them.

Here are the resources (the first two are links to previous posts on this blog):

Statistic Of The Day: Reading Helps You Live Longer

Video: “Reading books could help lengthen your life”

New research shows that people who read a lot live longer is a great differentiated lesson for English Language Learners from Breaking News English.

Readers Live Longer, Plus 4 Other Science-Backed Benefits to Turning Pages is from People Magazine.

Study: Reading May Extend Lifespan is from Voice Of America.

The best reason for reading? Book lovers live longer, scientists say. is from The Washington Post.

Read Books, Live Longer? is from The New York Times.

Do Bookworms Live Longer? New Study Links Reading More Books To Longer Lifespan is from Tech Times.

Book up for a longer life: readers die later, study finds is from The Guardian.

July 19, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Owl Eyes” Lets Students Read & Annotate, Plus Teachers Can Create Free Virtual Classrooms


Owl Eyes lets teachers easily (and at no charge) create virtual classrooms for students to be able to read books from the site’s library. Students can annotate the text, and teachers can create quizzes for their students.

The texts appear to be mainly ones that out-of-copyright, so the site could be particularly helpful to educators teaching the “classics.” However, there are also books that some of my students in the past have chose to read for pleasure reading, like Sherlock Holmes mysteries and books by Jack London.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress.

June 28, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Epic!” Provides 15,000 eBooks, Plus Virtual Classrooms, For Free


Epic! lets educators create a free virtual classroom with up to thirty students. They can then access any of the 15,000 eBooks that are available on the app (via PC, laptop, tablet or phone) and teachers can monitor what is being read and by whom.

Families have to pay if they want access to the site at home, though it’s unclear to me how Epic! can tell where students are when they are reading. Perhaps it’s based on the time of day it’s being used?

Regardless, it’s another good resource that students and teachers can use for either independent or classwide reading.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress.

June 26, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Quote Of The Day: A Problem With Book “Leveling”

Literacy expert Timothy Shanahan published a very useful post today titled Further Explanation of Teaching Students with Challenging Text.

Here’s an excerpt:


I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles About Why Book “Leveling” Is A Bad Idea.

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May 19, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

NY Times Learning Network Announces Summer Reading Contest


The New York Times Learning Network has just announced The Seventh Annual New York Times Summer Reading Contest.

It’s super simple — every week students just have to leave a comment saying what they found most interesting in The Times that week and why. Parents can encourage their kids to participate and teachers could do something like what I do – arrange for students to receive extra credit in their following year’s class.

You might also be interested in:

Here Are The Eleven Sites I’m Using For My Summer School “Virtual Classroom”

The Best Resources On The “Summer Slide”

May 12, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

New Software Makes Text Easier To “Read”


A Better Way to Read is the headline of an intriguing new article in The Atlantic.

It’s about a new app/browser plugin called Beeline that supposedly makes text easier to read. You can see an example of what it does in the image at the top of this post, and see lots more at its site.

It seems like it has some potential. Some research shows that its more effective cognitively to read off paper than screens, but I wonder if this kind of “text-engineering” (that’s a term I learned during the process of writing my latest book on teaching English Language Learners) might change this equation.

Coincidentally, one of my Education Week columns appearing later this month is on this exact topic of which medium is best for reading comprehension.

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