Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

February 27, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Atlantic’s New “Life Timeline” Could Be An Engaging Social Studies Tool

Today, The Atlantic unveiled the “Life Timeline” interactive.

Use a “drop-and-drag” menu to input your birthday, and it will deliver a visually engaging history of the key events that have happened during your lifetime. The timeline includes political, cultural, technological and other kinds of developments, along with an intriguing short summary.

You can read more about the Life Timeline tool here.

As we all know, teenagers love to talk and write about themselves, and this tool could be an intriguing personal hook to connect with history.

It doesn’t really fit into The Best “Today In History” Sites list, but I can’t think of a better place to put it.

And, speaking of personal hooks for potential student research projects, you might also be interested in The Best Places For Students To Learn About…Their Names.


February 26, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Trayvon Martin Was Killed Five Years Ago – Here Are Related Resources

Trayvon Martin was killed five years ago today.

Analysis: Trayvon Martin’s Death Still Fuels a Movement Five Years Later at NBC News is one article worth reading about it.

In addition, you might want to explore these “Best” lists:

The Best Resources For Lessons On Trayvon Martin

A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More

A Collection Of Advice On Talking To Students About Race, Police & Racism

The Best Explanations For Why You Shouldn’t Say “All Lives Matter”

February 26, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Practical Resources For Helping Teachers, Students & Families Respond To Immigration Challenges

Many teachers, students and families are understandably concerned about the impact of the Trump Administration’s changes on immigration will affect them: What can teachers do if ICE raids the schools? What are the rights of immigrant families if ICE agents knock on their door?

This “Best” list attempts to list useful resources, including multilingual ones, that can provide good advice.

For materials on the “bigger” issue of policy changes, please refer to:

The Best Resources For Learning About President Trump’s Executive Orders On Immigration & Refugees

The Best Resources On The Trump Administrations New Immigration Enforcement Policies

Here, now, are practical suggestions – please suggest more in the comments section:

Know your rights. Remain calm. is from the ACLU.

What immigrant advocates want you to do if ICE agents come to your door is from CNN.

Educators Guide for Immigrant and Refugee Children

Immigrant and Refugee Children: A Guide for Educators and School Support Staff is from Teaching Tolerance.

The Boston Public Schools have put together a great BPS: We Dream Together site that offers excellent multilingual resources. You can read more about it in the Boston Globe, BPS launches website to provide aid to immigrants.

February 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources On The Trump Administrations New Immigration Enforcement Policies

I have an already-lengthy Best Resources For Learning About President Trump’s Executive Orders On Immigration & Refugees, but the policies announced today are worthy of their own “Best” list.

One of my previous posts, Immigration Fears Appear To Become Reality, contains several links to legal advice for teachers, students, and their families about how to respond to ICE raids. These new policies will certainly increase the levels of fear and stress among many of our students. As The New Yorker article, in particular, points out, another effect is likely to be undocumented parents not accessing services they and/or their children are entitled to out of fear.

Here are useful articles to learn about today’s announcement:

The government just put out the blueprint for President Trump’s immigration crackdown from Vox is probably the most complete article out there.

New Trump Deportation Rules Allow Far More Expulsions is from The New York Times, and has a link to a Spanish-language version.

Trump administration issues new immigration enforcement policies, says goal is not ‘mass deportations’ is from The Washington Post.

Millions targeted for possible deportation under Trump rules is from The Washington Post.

President Trump’s Fear-Based Immigration Orders appeared in The New Yorker.

Also, today, Politico reports on a related important story – The Trump administration is going to court to eliminate the right to a hearing before deportation of unaccompanied minors.

Could Trump Really Deport Millions of Unauthorized Immigrants? is a NY Times interactive.

February 20, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

I Really Like How SAS Curriculum Pathways Site Incorporates Knowledge Transfer In Social Studies

I’ve often written about how much I like SAS Curriculum Pathways, a free site with tons of interactive lessons that students can complete and then email to their teacher.

One particularly impressive feature they’ve added to a number of their U.S. History lessons is a task where students have to apply what they learned to a different fictional scenario. They talk about it in a blog post as an element of Bloom’s Taxonomy “apply” level, and it’s also an opportunity for students to “transfer” their knowledge (see The Best Resources For Learning About The Concept Of “Transfer” — Help Me Find More). More specifically, it’s an example of “near transfer” (applying knowledge to a similar situation) as opposed to “far transfer” (applying it in a substantially different arena).

If you’d like to learn more about transfer, check out the previously-mentioned “Best” list, as well as an excerpt from one of my books that appeared in The Washington Post, The real stuff of schooling: How to teach students to apply knowledge.

I’ll also be publishing a series on the topic later this spring at my Education Week Teacher column, which will include an experiment they’re doing – an animated video explaining the issue.

February 19, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

A History Of The United States’ Fear Of Immigrants

I’m adding these new resources to The Best Sites For Learning About Immigration In The United States:

America has always been hostile to immigrants is from The Washington Post.

A history of American anti-immigrant bias, starting with Benjamin Franklin’s hatred of the Germans is from Quartz.

We are a nation of immigrants and refugees. Yet we always fear who is coming next. is from Slate.
A Brief History of America’s ‘Love-Hate Relationship’ With Immigration is from The Atlantic.

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