Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

November 11, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

New PBS News Hour Video: “How schools are dealing with post-election fallout”

The PBS News Hour has just aired this segment:

Also, The Sacramento Bee published an article talking about how Katie Hull and I, and others, are handling this week in our classes, Kids scared to leave class. Tears, bullying, follow Trump’s election.

November 11, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Did Your Neighborhood Vote To…?” Is A Great Interactive For CA – Are There Similar Ones For Other States?


Thanks to Morgan Polikoff, I learned about the Los Angeles Times interactive “Did Your Neighborhood Vote To…?”

It has a very simple interface, and you’re able to search by zip code or county to learn how people in those categories voted for President, as well as for the different state-wide ballot initiatives here in California.

It’s a perfect addition to my favorite lesson of every year when students compare neighborhoods (see A Lesson Highlighting Community Assets — Not Deficits).

Are you aware of sites that do the same for other states?

November 11, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Berlin Wall Came Down 27 Years Ago – Here Are Related Resources


The Berlin Wall came down 27 years ago (see 27 years after the Berlin Wall fell, Europe wakes up to a U.S. president-elect promising one of his own from The Washington Post).

I have many related resources at The Best Sites To Learn About Walls That Separate Us.

November 8, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Will Disney’s “Moana” Be More Helpful Than Unhelpful To Our Pacific Islander Students, Their Families & Culture?


Disney’s new movie, Moana, will be opening later this month. As you’ve probably heard, it has a focus on Pacific Islander culture and also features music by Hamilton creator Lin-Manual Miranda.

The trailers seem very entertaining – to me, at least (see the trailer below) – and Disney is making a big deal of its efforts to connect to Pacific Islanders during the movie’s production and make it as “authentic” as possible (see the second video embedded below and this article).

It’s also come in for some criticism, especially for it’s portrayal of the demi-god, which some view as “obese” and “racially insensitive.”

I have a particular interest in the film because of the large number of Pacific Islanders at our school and in my ELL classes.

My suspicion, and I might very well be wrong, is that most will be thrilled by the movie. I think it will create lots of opportunities in multiple classes for English development, as well as for highlighting Pacific Islander culture in other content classes (Disney has a pretty extensive downloadable educators guide for the film).

I think criticism of the film also offers an opportunity to examine those points in class and solicit student feedback.

My response to the question posed in the headline of the post is that I think it will be an overall positive. Just as Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino received some critique in the Hmong community, many Hmong (at least, my students and their families) appreciated the public recognition of their culture and we were able to use it for many educational purposes.

However, until I see if my expectation is accurate, I’ll refrain from adding this info to The Best Sites For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

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