Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

February 4, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

PBS Unveils Useful New Site: “Election Central”


PBS has just unveiled a new site devoted to the 2016 elections.  Here’s their own description of the site, which I’m adding to The Best Sites To Learn About The 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections:

PBS and PBS LearningMedia recently announced ELECTION CENTRAL, an online destination of election-related resources and content with age-appropriate, thoughtfully curated information to teach K-12 students about the political process.

In addition to numerous educational features, ELECTION CENTRAL hosts an interactive map of the United States, allowing educators to talk through various aspects of the political process with students. The map also displays important historical facts about the candidates, laws and process.

Content in ELECTION CENTRAL will be refreshed on a weekly basis and when timely events occur, for example, after debates or after primary elections. Features include:

  • Tracking the campaign trail of candidates, including current and previous candidates
  • Fun facts – general and state-specific
  • The history behind the vote
  • An explanation of the nominating process
  • Candidate views on key issues
  • Election-specific news stories curated from PBS NEWSHOUR
  • Build your ideal presidential candidate interactive
  • Access to hundreds of related resources through PBS LearningMedia

February 3, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video & Transcript Of President Obama’s Speech At Mosque

Today, President Obama visited a mosque for the first time during his Presidency.

Here are some articles about it:
Obama, in Mosque Visit, Denounces Anti-Muslim Bias is from The New York Times.

At Baltimore mosque, President Obama encourages U.S. Muslims: ‘You fit in here’ is from The Washington Post.

You can read the transcript of his remarks here.

Here’s an excerpt:


And here’s a video of his entire speech:

You might be interested in previous posts I’ve published about supporting our Muslim students.

I’m adding this post to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism.

February 3, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Super Bowl Commercials Are Here!


One of the best parts of the Super Bowl for everybody are the commercials, and they also provide great opportunities for English language development.

Here are collections of this year’s crop, and I’m adding them to The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn About The Super Bowl. You can find instructional strategies on how to use them there, too.

Watch The 2016 Super Bowl Commercials And Vote For Your Fave is from Forbes.

Here’s everything we know about the Super Bowl ads so far is from Business Insider.

Get a sneak peek at this year’s Super Bowl ads is from USA Today

February 2, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

New Animated StoryCorps Video: “Driven”

StoryCorps has just unveiled their latest animated video story.

It’s titled “Driven,” and is about Wendell Scott, who was the first African American inducted in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

I’m adding it to The Best Websites To Teach & Learn About African-American History.

February 2, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Everything You Wanted To Know About Groundhog Day But Were Afraid To Ask


Here are a bunch of new additions to The Best Resources For Groundhog Day:

Groundhog Day 2016: Punxsutawney Phil sees no shadow, predicts early spring is from The Washington Post.

Groundhog Day 2016: Did Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow? is from Vox.

February 2, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

“View From Above” Is Nice Geography Interactive


View From Above is an interactive globe that allows you to identify various locations leading to pretty cool arial views.

I’d put it on a “Best” list, but it’s an advertisement for an airlines, and those kind of things don’t usually stay online for long.

Thanks to Google Maps Mania for the tip.

January 31, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Really Impressive Interactive Traces The World’s Population Over The Last 2,000 Years


World Population History has a very impressive interactive that traces the world’s population over the past two-thousand years. It not only highlights where population decreases or increases occurred, but also provides explanations behind the changes.

They also have created a less interesting, though still useful, video summary of that same history:

I learned about these resources from Vox, which also provides more detailed descriptions of them.

I’m adding this post to:

The Best Resources For Learning About Our World’s Population Of 7 Billion

The Best Websites For Teaching & Learning About World History