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March 7, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Good – & Depressing – Interactive On Refugees From NY Times

Where Refugees Come From is a very good interactive from The New York Times tracing where the origin of refugees coming to the United States over the past several years.

It’s also depressing because the trigger for its creation was:

a new executive order on Monday to ban all refugees from entering the United States for 120 days. The order also cuts the refugee program in half, capping it at 50,000 people for the 2017 fiscal year, down from the 110,000 ceiling put in place under President Obama.

I’m adding it to:

The Best Sites For Learning About World Refugee Day

The Best Resources On The Latest Travel Ban By The Trump Administration

March 7, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

NY Times Story Discusses Fears Of ICE Raids At Schools

The same day our Sacramento school district launches campaign to protect undocumented students (they officially are making the announcement in our school’s library today), The New York Times published a story with the headline, Educators Prepare for Immigration Agents at the Schoolhouse.

It’s a scary world these days.

You might be interested in The Best Practical Resources For Helping Teachers, Students & Families Respond To Immigration Challenges .

March 4, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Two Excellent Resources On Effective Ways To Influence Your Congressperson

There are lots of ideas we want our students to learn about being an active citizen, and strategies for achieving social change is one of them (see The Best Posts & Articles On Building Influence & Creating Change and The Best Websites For Learning About Civic Participation & Citizenship).

Kathryn Schulz has just published an excellent analysis and guide for effective ways to communicate with your congressperson in The New Yorker – What Calling Congress Achieves. I wouldn’t use the whole piece in class, but excerpts would be very engaging.

How to Make Your Congressman Listen to You is also very good, and much more accessible – it’s a series of tweets from a former Congressional staffer.

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”

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