Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

August 15, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

Four years ago I began this regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention.

You might also be interested in The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2016 – Part Two and The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2017 – So Far.

Here are this week’s choices:

Can I Still Rely on the National Reading Panel Report? is an excellent post from literacy expert Timothy Shanahan. I certainly still rely on it, and it was great to read that follow-up studies have found that its recommendations work for English Language Learners, too. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Reading Strategies & Comprehension – Help Me Find More!

Quick, Draw!: an adaptation for world language classes is a nice post about using Quick Draw With Google as a language-learning tool. Thanks to CASLS for the tip.

Back-to-School Reading for English-Language-Learner Teachers is from Ed Week.


Tan Huynh shares useful materials here:

Here are some good videos to show to ELLs and then have them talk and write about what they saw:

I’m adding that last one to The Best Video Clips Of Sneaky Critters — Help Me Find More.

August 15, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Statistic Of The Day: We Need More Teachers Of Color

The National Center For Education Statistics issued a report today titled Characteristics of Public Elementary and Secondary School Teachers in the United States: Results From the 2015–16 National Teacher and Principal Survey.

Here’s a depressing, though unsurprising, excerpt from it:


Learn more about why these numbers are so bad, how they affect our students, and what can be – and is – being done about it at A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More).

August 14, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources For Teaching About Confederate Monuments

As witnessed by this past weekend’s events, monuments to the Confederacy continue to be used by white supremacists to support their ideology.

I’ve shared many other related resources (see A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More), but I thought a specific one on these monuments might be helpful to teachers.

Feel free to let me about about ones I’ve missed:

I’ve previously posted Read, Listen, Watch New Orleans Mayor’s Speech On The Removal Of Confederate Monuments and New PBS News Hour Video Segment: “Why Confederate monuments are coming down.”

Confederate Monuments and Their Removal seems like a decent lesson plan from the Anti-Defamation League.

The debate over Confederate monuments and how to remember the Civil War makes an interesting point about a difference between “memory” and “history.” I might use it in IB Theory of Knowledge.

Confederate Monuments and the ‘Searing Truth’ is a lesson idea from The Morningside Center.

As Confederate Monuments Come Down, Teachers Wrestle With Class Discussion is from Ed Week.

Debate over US Confederate monuments intensifies is from Al Jazeera.

Robert E. Lee Topples From His Pedestal is from The Atlantic.

August 14, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Guest Post: Can an eighty-year old bull be a modern social justice warrior?


Editor’s Note: Thanks to Megan M. Allen for facilitating this guest post by Brett Bigham. I’m adding it to The Best Teacher Resource Sites For Social Justice Issues.

Brett Bigham is the 2014 Oregon State Teacher of the Year and a recipient of the NEA National Award for Excellence in Education. In 2015 he was given the Teacher Role Model of the Year Award by the NEA LGBT Caucus and is an NEA Global Fellow for both 2015 and 2018. He creates “Ability Guidebooks” to assist people with autism to get out into the world. Follow him @2014ORToy.

How can a children’s picture book from 1936 be included in one of the most socially progressive booklists of modern times?

Easily. Let me explain.

I’m talking about The Story of Ferdinand (and the fact you know who he is shows why this book deserves it’s spot on the NNSTOYSocial Justice Booklist).

Ferdinand was a creature of peace who shied away from bullrings for his quiet meadow life.  And yet, despite his quiet attitude, he was truly the bull who roared. In 1938, two years after its publication, it outsold Gone With the Wind as the top-selling book. Ferdinand has remained popular ever since and has become a shared cultural experience for generation after generation of Americans.

That’s why I say he is the bull who roared. Everyone has heard his message.

Ferdinand has also become a staple for educators teaching social justice. He speaks up through the decades to that common thread running through most social justice books. We all are different. We have the right to be unique. Teachers spend great time and effort to make sure students learn these valuable lessons.

This week the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) stepped up with a roar of its own, with the support of the University of Phoenix. The NNSTOY Social Justice Booklist, edited by NNSTOY President and CEO Katherine Basset, NNSTOY Director of Communication Laurie Calvert, and myself, has brought together State Teachers of the Year and State Teacher of the Year Finalists from all over the country who are sharing their tried and true go-to texts for opening up student conversations about social justice. This list was created by some of our country’s most award-winning teachers to share their best practice with other teachers, parents, and anyone who cares about social justice.

There are books new and old. You will recognize many of the titles on the list, having flashbacks to your own school experiences. You will also be slightly surprised to realize that so many of these titles hold cherished and important moments in your childhood. How many of us learned the cruelty of man from Anne Frank? How many generations have grown from Hamlet’s tragedies?

The Booklist brings together those classics with some of modern literature’s most captivating and forward-thinking role models. These are books that our modern students will relate to as peers and learn from as cultural icons. Dr. Martin Luther King is still giving his “I Have A Dream Speech” and Ruby Bridges is still climbing those stairs for the first time in their biographies. But

Malala Yousafzai is a peer of your students and her journey is playing out live. This Booklist brings together the past and present of real people along with the vast imaginings of amazing authors and illustrators.

It is my hope that every teacher in the country keeps a copy of this list in their classroom. And NNSTOY and the University of Phoenix have made this possible, offering it free online.

Check it out now. It’s time to help our students find their own roar as they learn more about social justice.

August 14, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Five Most Popular Posts Of The Week

Here’s the latest edition of this regular feature . These are the posts appearing this blog that received the most “hits” in the preceding seven days (though they may have originally been published on an earlier date).

You might also be interested in Most Popular Posts From This Blog In 2017 – So Far; Tenth Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts? (Part One) and Part Two: Tenth Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts?

Here are this week’s top posts:

1.Video: “Voyager 2’s 11 billion mile journey at a human scale”

2. Answers To “What Do You Do On The First Day Of School?”

3. “Writing Sparks” Could Be A Useful Online Writing Tool

4. Check-out The #CharlottesvilleCurriculum

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

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