Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

December 4, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Hannah Arendt Died On This Day In 1975 – Here Are Resources About Her Life & How I Use Them In Class


Writer Hannah Arendt died on this day in 1975.


Here are previous posts I’ve written about her:

Quote Of The Day: Hannah Arendt & The Origin Of Evil

Video: “Hannah Arendt” — The Movie (& The Importance Of Reflection)

Two Minutes Of Silence For Sergeant Anton Schmidt

December 4, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources For Teaching & Learning About The Standing Rock Protests


We teachers shouldn’t shouldn’t shy away from tackling what some would consider “controversial” issues (The Best Posts & Articles On How To Teach “Controversial” Topics) and that includes the Standing Rock protest.

You might also be interested in:

The Best Sites For International Day Of The World’s Indigenous People

The Best Sites For Learning About Protests In History

The Best Posts & Articles On Building Influence & Creating Change

Here is what I have so far – feel free to suggest additional resources:

Battle Over an Oil Pipeline: Teaching About the Standing Rock Sioux Protests is from The New York Times Learning Network. It’s clearly the number one place to go.

7 history lessons that help explain tribal N.D. pipeline protests is from a Portland TV station.

North Dakota Pipeline Protest – Indigenous Nations Unite is a good lesson plan.

Helping Students Connect With Standing Rock is from Teaching Tolerance.

Thanksgiving at Standing Rock are amazing photos from GQ.

Water Cannons and Tear Gas Used Against Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters is a photo gallery from The Atlantic.

‘This pipeline represents something deeper’: Voices from Standing Rock is from The Washington Post.

Gallery: Portraits from the Standing Rock protests is from TED Talks.

As police crack down on Standing Rock protesters, maybe read some books by indigenous authors is from Vox.

Standing Rock Pipeline Protesters, Ordered to Leave, Dig In is from The NY Times.

Fake Cowboys and Real Indians is from The NY Times.

The Conflicts Along 1,172 Miles of the Dakota Access Pipeline is a NY Times interactive.

December 3, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources On Supporting Long-Term English Language Learners


I was recently asked about resources on Long-Term English Language Learners (LTELs) – students who have been ELLs for six years or longer – and thought readers would find a “Best” list useful. Feel free to suggest links I’ve missed:

Helping Long-Term ELL’s is from my Ed Week column.

Long-term English learner students: Spotlight on an overlooked population is from REL West. Thanks to Dr. Rosa Perez-Isiah for the tip.

State Reports Data on Long Term English Learners and Students at Risk of Becoming Long Term English Learners is from Californian’s Together.

The Difficult Road for Long-Term English Learners is from ASCD.

Meeting The Unique Needs Of Long-Term English Language Learners is from NEA.

Changing Course For Long Term English Language Learners is by Laurie Olsen.

Here’s a PowerPoint presentation on the topic.

December 2, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Three More Ways To Support An ELL Newcomer In A Mainstream Classroom


Last week, I published Ways A Mainstream Teacher Can Support An ELL Newcomer In Class, which turned out to be a very popular post.

Since then, I realized I forgot to include a few other strategies:

Though I discussed Google Translate, I forgot to mention its relatively new ability to “read” text, including print textbooks and PowerPoint slides, by using its camera function (see Video: “How Google Translate Makes Signs Instantly Readable”).

In fact, Google just published this video two days ago that highlights that feature and the features I mentioned in the earlier post:

In addition, I neglected to mention the obvious strategy of showing English subtitled with any videos you show.

Finally, this was an idea suggested by one of the credential candidates at my California State University, Sacramento, course: if you are teaching whole novels in your class, why not get a version of it in your ELL’s home language, if available?

I’m always on the look-out for more ideas, so feel free to leave them in the comments section….

December 1, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Scaffolded Writing Frames For Students


I’ve written a lot about the value of scaffolded writing frames for students – English Language Learners and those who are proficient in English – to use when they are responding to prompts. As my colleague Lara Hoekstra says, “As long as we’re clear that these are some ways to write, not THE ways to write, they can be helpful.”

Some of the teachers at our school met today, and shared the different writing frames we use. They’ve given me permission to share them here, and I’m also including links to previous posts where I’ve shared different related ideas (you can lot of other resources at The Best Posts On Writing Instruction). Please share your own in the comments section:

“Point, Quote, Connect”

Helping Students Respond To Writing Prompts

“They Say, I Say” Is A Great Writing Resource


Here Are Some Examples Of Using “Concept Attainment” In Writing Instruction

“RACE” Looks Like A Useful Writing Strategy

The Text-Evidence Strategy That Changed My Classroom is from Scholastic and is also about RACE.

I’ve previously shared an example of how I scaffolded an ABC writing prompt (Answer the question, Back it up with a quotation, make a Comment & Connection). Based on the conversation we had today, I made some minor, but important changes. I have a picture of the revised version here, and you can download both the old and new versions here (the new version is the second one in the file).


This next one is from my talented colleague Nichole Scrivner – the well-known PEE frame is simple and effective:


Here’s a short excerpt from “They Say, I Say” (see a link earlier in this post) that Lara Hoekstra gives to students so they can use it as the “Back it Up With A Quotation” part of the ABC writing frame (or as the “Q” in the “PQC” – Make a Point, use a Quotation to back it up, and make a Comment):


Nicole Simsonsen shared a strategy called T-BEAR:

T- Topic Sentence

B- Brief Explanation/Bridge to Examples

E- Examples\Evidence

A- Analysis

R- Recall/Reflect/Relate

You can find lots of examples and graphic organizers illustrating T-BEAR online. Here’s an image of one she uses:


You can download the next three examples here.

Jen Adkins shared her own version of an ABC response:


Jen also adapted an excellent strategy from our colleague Chris Coey to help students develop an “analytical paragraph.” Also note the strategic way they have students highlight different parts of their paragraph to help them self-analyze if they are placing a higher priority on the “commentary and context”:


Mary Osteen shared a sheet her students use to provide peer feedback. However, she gives it to them as they are writing, so it functions as a writing frame scaffold, too:


As you can see, I’m pretty luck to be able to work with such talented and generous educators!

December 1, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Beginning A New “Best” Series Of Interest To ELL Teachers


Many of the pages on my website are out-of-date, particularly the one for Beginning ELLs based on the standard themes (food, family, home, etc.).

It’s a lot easier for me these days to create “Best” lists for students and teachers a like on this blog and keep them updated, as I’ve been doing for many topics.

Over the next few months, I’ll be publishing “Best” lists for ELL Beginners based on the themes I teacher in my class. I have quite a few related “Best” lists already, but they’re not necessarily targeting Beginners.

Here is a list of upcoming ones:


Look for the first ones this month….

November 30, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Statistic Of The Day: This One Should Make Everyone Learning A New Language Happy

Overlooked elements of language and literature play a key role is the headline of an article about what seems to me a fairly arcane study.

However, this statistic jumped out at me:


It seems to me that this kind of info would be heartening news for anyone learning a new language, including English!

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