Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

September 16, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

More Good Teaching Resources On The Presidential Election


Here are several more useful additions to The Best Sites To Learn About The 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections:

Reader Ideas | Teaching the 2016 Election is an excellent list from The New York Times Learning Network.

For Teachers, Election 2016 Is a Fraught Subject is from Ed Week.

September 15, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Famous NYC Tenement Museum Expands Physical Facility & Online Site


The famous New York City Tenement Museum, located near where my father was raised, has just expanded its facility and website. You can read more about it at NBC News, NYC’s Tenement Museum Will Now Showcase a Puerto Rican Migrant Family .

Its website has had a somewhat useful activity for quite awhile that’s been on the The Best Sites For Learning About Immigration In The United States list. Here’s how I’ve described it:

From Ellis Island To Orchard Street is a simulation from the Tenement Museum in New York City. In the online interactive, users play the role of an early immigrant to the United States. It provides good information about the immigration experience, though I wish the navigation was a little more clear. It might be tricky for English Language Learners.

Now, though, they’ve added some addition very nice resources:

Your Story, Our Story is a digital archive where students can upload images of family objects and their stories.  It has lots of decent free lesson plans to use with it.

It also has a number of lesson plans and resources related to learning to use primary sources.

I’m adding this info to:

The Best Sites For Learning About Immigration In The United States

The Best Resources For Using Primary Sources
The Best Resources For Using “Object Lessons” In History

September 15, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Innovative Wash. Post Tool Lets You Create Your Own Presidential Debate


The first Presidential debate is coming up, but you don’t have to wait for it to happen before you apply this topic in your classroom.

The Washington Post has created a neat tool that lets you choose from most of the major issues being discussed, and then letting you hear short video clips of the candidates saying their positions.

It’s called Your 2016 Debate.

And, speaking of the debates, don’t miss Frank Baker’s article in Middleweb headlined Media Literacy: How to Watch the Debates.

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

September 13, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

September 17th Is National Citizenship Day – Here Are Related Resources


September 17th is National Citizenship Day. Community groups around the country usually organize events to encourage residents to become U.S. citizens and voters (see National Citizenship Day: Latino Organizations Tout Benefits, Offer Help and Celebrating Immigrants’ Contributions this Citizenship Day and Constitution Week from last year).

The Best Websites For Learning About Civic Participation & Citizenship shares a lot of resources that be helpful with this recognition of Citizenship Day.

September 17th is also U.S. Constitution Day, when federal legislation requires schools in the United States to offer lessons related to the U.S. Constitution. You might find The Best Sites For Learning About The Constitution Of The United States useful.

September 12, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Free School” Looks Like An Excellent YouTube Channel For Teachers & Students


Free School publishes very good short educational YouTube videos twice each week. The narration is at a reasonable clip, and it has good subtitles, as well.

You can see the screenshot at the top of this post to get an idea of their broad playlists.

Here’s their latest video – on The Great Wall of China (which I’m adding to our World History class blog):

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