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The Best Movie Scenes to Use for English Language Development

From Larry Ferlazzo’s blog

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Educational Opportunity: Beyond the Language Series 2013 “Addressing the Core of the Common Core: Supporting Social and Academic Language Development Across the Ages”

Sender: Luisa Costa <
Dates: Friday, November 1, 2013 – Saturday, November 2, 2013

The Common Core places a strong emphasis on the development of both social and academic language. The Language Series is intended to support educators in the successful implementation of these Common Core State Standards. Come and learn from the experts in the language field! A panel of leaders and researchers, a keynote presentation, as well as workshops with experienced practitioners will inspire and engage you through hands-on activities and specific examples. As a participant you will take away concrete ideas for immediate implementation in your settings.

Karen Nemeth, keynote, a panel of researchers and practitioners, and interactive workshops with Estee Lopez on ELLs and the Common Core, Betsy Blachly on Singing and…

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The World of ELLs

How can teachers use blogs in the classroom??

Here’s a “Quick List” of ideas!

Use blogs for…

  • Class debates
  • Poetry collections
  • Creative writing
  • Novel or story reviews
  • Commenting on essential questions
  • Responding to photos of art, historical figures, and audio files of music or speeches
  • A detective or suspense short story in installments (different blog posts build on the story over time)
  • Group discussions about summer reading
  • Writing journals or diaries

Ideas by Grade Level Clusters

  • K-5: provide students with less-open-ended prompt or create class blog
  • 6-8: let students be in charge of something, teach how to do a video or music piece entry
  • 9-12: write more in depth responses, read classmates entries, respond to others

(From: Empower English Language Learners With Tools Form the Web, by Lori Langer de Ramirez)

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Constitute: The World’s Constitutions to Read, Search, and Compare

Wow–What a valuable resource!

Read more about Constitute.

Watch a video about Constitute.


Very cool tool to write stories!!! Link here

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