Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

November 22, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

New Resources On Race & Racism


Here are new additions to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More:

The Objectification of Muslims in America is from The Atlantic.

The Future of Native American Imagery in Sports is from The Atlantic.

The next time someone blames Islam for ISIS, show them this is from The Washington Post.

November 21, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Three New Resources About The World’s Different Cultures


Here are three new additions to The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures:

Struggle For Smarts? How Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning is from NPR.

A survey measured 38 countries’ support for free speech. The US came out on top. is from Vox.

How Fairness Develops in Kids Around the World is from The Atlantic.

November 21, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

It’s The 70th Anniversary Of The Nuremberg Trials – Here Are Related Resources


The Nuremberg Trials began seventy years ago yesterday.

Here are some related resources (I’ll also be adding this post to The Best Resources For Learning About Genocide):

Evil On Trial is an Associated Press interactive.

How the Nuremberg Trial Bore Witness to the Nazis’ Worst Crimes is from Slate.

Nuremberg Trials remembered as international justice milestone as 70th anniversary nears
is from 9 News.

November 19, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Funny, Yet Sad: “The Onion” Publishes Excellent Commentary On Importance Of History

The Onion has just published a basic explanation of why we need to learn about history headlined Historians Politely Remind Nation To Check What’s Happened In Past Before Making Any Big Decisions.

It’s funny, yet also provides a very clear explanation for why we need to study history.

I’m thinking of having my International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge students read it and explain why they think it appeared in The Onion.

Here’s an excerpt:


I’m adding it to The Best Education Articles From “The Onion.”

November 19, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Statistic Of The Day: “rejecting Syrian refugees won’t make America safer”

Here’s a statistic to keep in mind when listening to hysteria about the danger of the United States accepting Syrian refugees:


Read more at:

The U.S. Record Shows Refugees Are Not a Threat from the Migration Policy Institute.

Why rejecting Syrian refugees won’t make America safer is from The Washington Post.

Before people start invoking Japanese American internment, they should remember what it was like is from The Washington Post.

The U.S. Government Turned Away Thousands of Jewish Refugees, Fearing That They Were Nazi Spies is from The Smithsonian.

These charts put the US response to Syrian refugees in context: it’s pitifully small is from Vox.

Following the Terrorists’ Script is by Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times.

When People Flee to America’s Shores

What Americans thought of Jewish refugees on the eve of World War II is from The Washington Post.

I’m adding this post to The Best Sites For Learning About World Refugee Day.

November 17, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Mission US Unveils New Immigration Game – Is It A Winner Or A Loser?


Mission US has created several “choose your own adventure” games related to U.S. History.

I thought its first one, about the American Revolutionary War, was quite good. However, they seemed to lose their way with subsequent insensitive ones on slavery and Native Americans (see Thoughtful & Important Critique Of Slave Simulation Game).

Today, they unveiled their latest one, called City Of Immigrants.

Here’s how one reviewer describes it:

It is 1907. You are Lena Brodsky, a 14-year-old Jewish Immigrant from Russia. In your hometown of Minsk, the forces of the Tsar have pushed your family off their lands, and the violence of the pogroms looms large. Your brother Issac was the first to cross the Atlantic to seek a new life in the land of America, and you have followed in turn: a fourteen day trip across the entire world. You hope that you will prove yourself worthy of entering America. You hope that you can earn enough to send for your mother and father. You hope for a better future. There will be many obstacles in America, and many choices to be made. But it is, they say, the land of opportunity…

I haven’t had time to try it out, but I am hopeful they have learned from the critiques of their last two games. If you have the time to play it, leave a comment letting me know what you think….

November 15, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources For Geography Awareness Week

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Thanks to Richard Byrne, I’ve been reminded that Geography Awareness Week begins today. Check out his post for some useful related-resources.

Here’s a description of the week’s origin:

Each year more than 100,000 Americans actively participate in Geography Awareness Week (GeoWeek). Established by presidential proclamation more than 25 years ago, this annual public awareness program organized by National Geographic Education Programs (NGEP) encourages citizens young and old to think and learn about the significance of place and how we affect and are affected by it. Each third week of November, students, families and community members focus on the importance of geography by hosting events; using lessons, games, and challenges in the classroom; and often meeting with policymakers and business leaders as part of that year’s activities.

Here are geography-related “Best” lists I’ve previously posted:

The Best Websites For Learning & Teaching Geography

The Best Geography Sites For Beginning & Intermediate English Language Learners
 (which includes several other “The Best” lists I just don’t have time this morning to include here).

The Best Map-Making Sites On The Web

The Best Resources For Google Earth Beginners Like Me

The Best Online Geography Games

The Best Sites Where Students Can Plan Virtual Trips

The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures

The Best “Sound Maps” & Webcams For Teaching Geography

Links To The Joint Projects My ELL Geography Class Did With Classes Around The World –