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December 17, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Clean” Video & Lyrics Of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s New Song About Ben Franklin

 

Lin Manuel Miranda announced that he’s creating “Hamildrops” – a new piece of material each month for the next year (if you want to learn more about him, visit The Best Teaching/Learning Resources On The Musical, “Hamilton”).

The first one is “Ben Franklin’s Song,” a song about…Ben Franklin sung by the group, the Decemberists.

In a very pleasant surprise, the song is sung slow enough for English Language Learners to access and sing with it.

And, even better, they made two versions – one that has classroom inappropriate lyrics and the other that can be used in class (the clean version uses “f” instead of the inappropriate word)!

So, here are various resources:

Here are the lyrics to the clean version.

Here is the audio to the clean version:

Here is the lyrics video to the clean version. It doesn’t have the audio, but is “synced” with it. So you just start both videos at the same time and show this one on the screen:

Unfortunately, the “f” word (or “letter” – in the clean version) is used repeatedly in the chorus so some students might be unlikely to restrain themselves. I suspect I’ll just deal with it at the beginning and tell students if they must, just sing that part silently to themselves 🙂

Also, this article is from TIME: Here’s What Benjamin Franklin Scholars Think About Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Ode to the Inventor

I’m adding this post to The Best – Or, At Least, The Most Interesting – Resources About Ben Franklin.

December 16, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Nice New Yorker Piece On The History Of Ferdinand

Yesterday, I published The Best Resources On Ferdinand The Bull in anticipation of today’s opening of the new Ferdinand movie.

In it, I mentioned the political history of the story.

Today, The New Yorker published a nice and readable review of that history in an article titled How “The Story of Ferdinand” Became Fodder for the Culture Wars of Its Era.”

Here’s a short excerpt:

December 16, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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More Useful “Year In Review” Features

Here are new additions to The Best Year In Review Features — 2017:

December 11, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Share Your Immigration Story At The U.N. Site “I Am A Migrant”

 

The United Nations has declared December 18th International Migrants Day, and what better way to celebrate/recognize it than having our ELL students share their immigration story at the UN site, I Am A Migrant.

Students can write text, provide audio or upload a video. There are zillions of stories there that can be used as models.

I’m adding it to The Best Places Where Students Can Tell Their – And/Or Their Families – Immigration Story.

You might also be interested in our similar schoolwide project: A Look Back: “What ELLs Taught Our School In A Week-Long Empathy Project”

December 5, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Year In Review Features — 2017

I’ve usually done two different types of “year in review” annual posts — one focusing on photo collections and the other on non-photo galleries.

Four years ago, though, I decided to just do one list combining both.

Usually, these “year-in-review” features are published online after schools have begun their winter breaks.  I’m publishing this year’s list early with the few that are available so that teachers can use them, and will add new ones as they come online.

I’ll add this post to All 2017 “Best” Lists – In One Place!

You might be interested in these previous posts:

The Best Year In Review Features — 2016

The Best Year In Review Features – 2015

The Best Year In Review Features — 2014

The Best Year In Review Features — 2013

NON-PHOTO COLLECTIONS:

The Best “Year In Review” Features That Aren’t Photo Collections — 2012

The Best “Year In Review” Features That Aren’t Photo Collections — 2010

The Best “Year In Review” Features That Aren’t Photo Collections — 2009

PHOTO COLLECTIONS:

The Best Year-End Collections Of Images — 2012

The Best Year-End Collections Of Images — 2011

The Best Year-End Collections Of Images — 2010

The Best Year-End Collections Of Images — 2009

The Best Year-End Collections Of Images — 2008

You might also be interested in my other 1,600 “The Best…” lists.

Here are my choices for The Best Year In Review Features — 2017:

Top 9 Most Retweeted Tweets of 2017 is from…Twitter.

Twitter 2017: Trump is the most tweeted about, Obama has the most-liked tweets is from CNBC.

CNN Year in Review

2017 in Photos: How the First Months Unfolded is from The Atlantic.

2017 in Photos: A Look at the Middle Months is from The Atlantic.

2017 in Photos: Wrapping Up the Year is from The Atlantic.

Hopeful Images From 2017 is from The Atlantic.

17 Things That Happened for the First Time in 2017 is from The New York Times.

The Twenty-Five Most-Read New Yorker Stories of 2017

Instagram’s 2017 Year in Review

The Most-Read New York Times Stories of 2017 is from The NY Times.

Google released their Year In Search 2017, and it’s filled with interesting tidbits.

They posted this video as part of it:

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