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  1. Fascinating Infographic On U.S. Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings
  2. “Music Explained”
  3. Book Reminders
  4. Today’s Oil Spill Links
  5. The Best Sites For Learning About Famous Buildings
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  7. Search Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day...

Fascinating Infographic On U.S. Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings

GOOD Magazine has published a fascinating infographic on U.S.Supreme Court confirmation hearings (and the word “fascinating” is not one used to typically describe those events) titled Supreme Questions. Here is how they describe it:

After an extensive confirmation hearing, the Senate will vote on Elena Kagan’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court this week. But what, exactly, did they talk about? A new study has looked at the questions asked to each potential justice since 1939. Mostly, they talk about inconsquential matters, but examining the questions asked over the last 70 years gives insight into the issues that have faced our country and the court.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Learn About The U.S. Supreme Court.


“Music Explained”

Music Explained is a new site where you can pick a song and write about what you think it means and how you feel about it. It could be a nice place for students to write about their favorite music and see what others have written, too. The link to student writing could be posted on a student or teacher blog/website. They indicate that there is some monitoring of what people write, but it’s unclear to what extent it is reviewed.

I’m adding the link to The Best Places Where Students Can Write For An “Authentic Audience.”



Book Reminders

Just a quick reminder that you can easily read excerpts on the Web from my two books.

For English Language Learners: Teaching Strategies That Work, go here.

For Building Parent Engagement In Schools, go here.

My third book — sharing strategies teachers can use to respond to common classroom challenges (in a way that promotes student autonomy and teacher sanity) — will be be published by Eye On Education early next year.


Today’s Oil Spill Links

Here are the newest additions to The Best Sites To Learn About The Gulf Oil Spill:

BP say they are close to capping the Deepwater Horizon oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is a slideshow from The Telegraph.

MSNBC has coverage of BP saying the have indeed put a new cap on the leak.

The New York Times has an interactive timeline of BP’s history of mistakes.


The Best Sites For Learning About Famous Buildings

This “The Best…” list is natural companion to some previous ones, including:

The Best Images Of Weird, Cool & Neat-Looking Buildings (& Ways To Design Your Own)

The Best Sites To Learn About The World’s Tallest Buildings

Here are my choices for The Best Sites For Learning About Famous Buildings (and are accessible to English Language Learners):

America’s Favorite Architecture features the 150 “best” buildings in the United States.  It’s sponsored by the American Institute of Architects. It shows a photo and basic information on each of the top 150, as chosen through a survey.  You can click on each image to get more info.  This additional data is probably only accessible to Advanced English Language Learners, but the image and the description you see initially is certainly accessible by anyone. You can also vote on which you think are the best five, and then compare your opinions with others who have viewed the site.

You can see a slideshow of The Most Famous Buildings.

Famous Buildings and Structures comes from Infoplease.

Flickr has a slideshow of The Most Famous Buildings Around The World.

A Few Of The World’s Great Buildings and Structures

Top 10 Iconic Buildings

Additional suggestions are welcome.

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