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…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

August 8, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Two Useful Video Clips On The Atomic Bombings Of Japan

Tomorrow will be the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.

Here are two videos that I’m adding to The Best Resources For Learning About The Atomic Bombings Of Japan. I think I will be showing both of them to my Theory of Knowledge classes when we study ethics and debate whether the decision to drop the bombs was the correct one or not:

August 8, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

A Few More Particularly Interesting Olympic Resources

Team_Korea_Rio_2016_05                                                                                                                                 Republic of Korea via Compfight

Here are a few more additions to The Best Resources On The 2016 Rio Olympics:

Here’s a video about the Olympic refugee swimmer who used her swimming skills to save twenty people.

Six Habits of Champions is from Fast Company.

August 6, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Tons More Resources On The Olympics


Here are new additions to The Best Resources On The 2016 Rio Olympics:

The 16 ads you’re likely to love the most during the Rio 2016 Games is from Quartz.

How The Olympic Medal Tables Explain The World is from NPR (by the way, you can find all NPR coverage of the Olympics here).

Photos of the Rio 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony is from The Atlantic.

Rio Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies is a photo gallery from The Boston Globe.

Refugee Olympic Team: How Symbols of a Crisis Got to the Games is from NBC News.

What Are The Worst Olympic Sports? is from Five Thirty Eight.

August 4, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

iCivics Steps Up Its Game Big Time With Free Virtual Classrooms & Primary Source Interactive



I haven’t always been the biggest fan of iCivics, the popular learning games site begun by former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

I’ve thought that many (but not all) of their games have been overly-complicated, and they really put their foot in it with a horribly-done one on immigration (see Sandra Day O’Connor’s Site To Change Immigration Game Because Of Your Comments).

But they seem to have really stepped-up their “game” recently.

Now, teachers can easily create free virtual classrooms and monitor student progress on the site.

The part I’m really excited about is a tool called DB Quest (you can go to the link, but it won’t let you access it until you register, which is free and easy). It’s an interactive to access and learn about primary source documents, and I like it a lot. They only have one lesson there now – on the Nashville Civil Rights Sit-Ins – but have just received funding from the Library of Congress to expand it (I just received that info via a LOC email, but there’s no way to link to it).

I hope they develop many more lessons using that DBQuest tool, and I suspect many teachers will agree with me.

I’m adding this info to:

The Best Resources For Using Primary Sources

The Best Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress

August 3, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Fascinating Interactive Comparing How Democratic & Republican Delegates Described Their States


Vox has published a fascinating interactive comparing how delegates to the Republican and Democratic conventions described their states during the roll call vote for Presidential candidates.

You’ll definitely want to check out Republicans and Democrats think their states are great for totally different reasons.

It would be an excellent piece to use when studying Perception in Theory of Knowledge classes. I’m not exactly sure how it could be used in my English Language Learners classes, but it did give me the idea of having students do a fun exercise using it as a model and having them describe what’s great about their home countries.

Other ideas?

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

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