Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

August 26, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Google Unveils Impressive Site: “The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks”


Yesterday, the National Park Service turned 100 (see The National Park Service Is 100 Years Old Today – Here Are Related Resources).

However, I didn’t learn until today about the site Google just unveiled called The Hidden Worlds Of The National Parks.

It’s pretty impressive.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About Yosemite & Other U.S. National Parks.

Here’s their introductory video:

August 25, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The National Park Service Is 100 Years Old Today – Here Are Related Resources

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The National Park Service is one-hundred years old today.

I’ve just updated and revised The Best Sites For Learning About Yosemite & Other U.S. National Parks.

August 25, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

New Ken Burns Film, “Defying The Nazis,” Looks Good & Has Tons Of Free Teaching Resources

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Ken Burns has a new film showing on PBS next month, and it looks impressive.

Here’s how it’s described:

DEFYING THE NAZIS: THE SHARPS’ WAR, a new documentary co-directed by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky about a little-known but important mission by an American minister and his wife to rescue refugees and dissidents in Europe before and after the start of World War II, will air on September 20 at 9 pm (check local listings) on PBS.

The film has its own website, which also contains teaching resources specifically created by Facing History. You can see several video clips here.

Here’s a trailer for the film:

Speaking of Ken Burns, he was also in the news this week when Senator Ron Johnson from Wisconsin suggested that Ken Burns documentaries could replace history teachers.

Here is Burns’ response:


I’m adding this post to The Best Sites For Learning About The Holocaust.

August 24, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Share & Find Learning Resources At #JustTeacherSyllabus


Django Paris has begun the hashtag #JustTeacherSyllabus on social media, and it’s picking up a lot of steam with more and more educators sharing resources using it.

Here are a few tweets from him explaining the hashtag:

I’m adding this info to The Best Social Media-Created “Syllabuses” About Current Events.

August 23, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

NY Times Learning Network Introduces Series Of Units On Teaching The Presidential Election


The New York Times Learning Network is going to publish a new lesson each day this week on the Presidential election, and they look to be good.

They also have one home page for all their election-related resources.

And they’ll be publishing my post on lesson ideas for English Language Learners in early-to-mid September.

I’m adding all this info to The Best Sites To Learn About The 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections.

August 22, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Newsela Unveils Exceptional Library Of Primary Sources Edited For Different “Levels”


Newsela, the exceptional reading site offering the same article written for different reading levels (see The Best Places To Get The “Same” Text Written For Different “Levels”) has unveiled a new “Library” feature offering similar “levels” of primary source documents.

Access is free to all Newsela resources, though you have to register on the site. A fee is required, though, in order to use advanced features like a virtual classroom.

You can read more about it at TechCrunch.

I’m adding this new resource to The Best Resources For Using Primary Sources.

August 20, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Four Useful Links On Wealth Inequality


Here are four new additions to The Best Resources About Wealth & Income Inequality:

America’s wealth gap is split along racial lines — and it’s getting dangerously wider is from Vox.

Income inequality today may be higher today than in any other era is from The Washington Post.

Total Inequality is from The Atlantic.

This cartoon explains how the rich got rich and the poor got poor is from Vox.

August 17, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Klondike Gold Rush Began On This Day In 1896 – I Show Charlie Chaplin Clips To Introduce It


The Klondike Gold Rush, also known as the Alaska Gold Rush, began on this day in 1896:

I usually show the brief opening scene from Charlie Chaplin’s Gold Rush to introduce it – seeing the line of climbers is always impressive. I also show the famous cabin dinner scene – not because it teaches much about the Gold Rush, but because it’s fun, it’s a great language-learning opportunity to have students talk and write about what happens in it, and, finally, because it’s a good opportunity to introduce Chaplin to students if they don’t already know about him.

You can also view it on Daily Motion if YouTube is blocked in your district.

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