Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

April 22, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Statistic Of The Day: “American Workers Without Much Education Are Being Hammered”

Why American Workers Without Much Education Are Being Hammered is a depressing analysis from The New York Times. It also very insightful.

It relates to the topics of Best lists on inequality and on labor unions but, for now, I’m just adding it to The Best Resources For Showing Students Why They Should Continue Their Academic Career.

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April 18, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Today Is The Anniversary Of The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake – Here Are Related Resources

An earthquake flattened San Francisco and surrounding areas on this day in 1906.

You can find many related resources at The Best Sites To Learn About San Francisco and to The Best Sites For Learning About Earthquakes.

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April 17, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Very Good Associated Press Video Series On Natural Disasters

The Associated Press has a series of twenty-six short videos describing the forces behind multiple natural disasters. I’m adding this resource to The Best Websites For Learning About Natural Disasters.

I’ve embedded two of them below.

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April 16, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Simple ELL Writing Assignment On Imperialism

As regular readers know, one of the many classes I teach is World History to Intermediate English Language Learners.

One of the things I try to do is regularly connect what we are studying in the past to what might be happening in the future. We are just finishing studying imperialism in the late nineteenth century, and their chapter “final” was to write an essay on if they thought imperialism still existed today.

I modified a short piece I found online, The Difference Between Cultural, Political and Economic Imperialism, to make it more accessible, and created a very scaffolded writing prompt which you can download here.

This is the actual prompt but, as you can see from the hand-out, the modified text and scaffolds are critical:

What does the author say are the three kinds of imperialism? Do you believe that any exist today? To support your opinion, be sure to include specific examples drawn from your own experience, your observations of others, or any of your readings.

I’m adding this post to The Best Posts On Writing Instruction, where you can find links to many of my writing prompts.

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April 16, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Vimeo Travel Videos Are Great For Geography Classes

Vimeo has a great collection of videos in their travel category, and many would be great for Geography classes — assuming Vimeo isn’t blocked by your District’s content filter.

Here’s one that I’m adding to The Best Sites For Learning About Mount Everest:

Everest -A time lapse short film from Elia Saikaly on Vimeo.

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