Create Your Own Newspaper

Think about the kinds of things you are most interested in — Hmong life, soccer, novella’s, cars, etc.

Then go to Newscred. You will create your own online newspaper that only has articles on the things you’re interested in.

Mr. Ferlazzo and Ms. Hull will show you on the projector how to set-up you paper. Once you’ve created it, please write the topic of your paper in the comments section of this post and copy and paste its url address. You and other students will be able to read it at home or when we come to the computer lab.

Learning About Cigarettes

Please find new items for each of these three categories:

Health Effects of Smoking

Costs Of Smoking

Quitting Smoking

You can find them here:

Smoking Kills and Smoking May Be Banned In Cars are two articles with audio support and follow-up activities from the excellent California Distance Learning Project. They are specifically designed for English Language Learners.

ELLO has a listening “game” related to a person who stopped smoking. This activity, too, is for ELL’s.

How To Stop Smoking is a “talking news story” for ELL’s from Many Things.

Stop Smoking is quiz that’s also from Many Things.

Smoking: The Facts is an interactive tutorial from Medline Plus.

You Make Me Sick is a game from the BBC on smoking. They also have an interactive quiz.

Bonko’s Body Quiz is a smoking interactive from PBS Kids.

Here’s another listening exercise — this time on smoking statistics.

Quitting Smoking is a closed-captioned video from the National Institute Of Heath.

Breaking News English has a lesson on smoking that includes audio support for the text.

1-Language has a report on smoking that provides audio support for the text.

Here are some online videos from The Truth that are designed to encourage young people not to smoke.

Aspire is another site designed to encourage teenagers not to smoke. Its videos are closed-captioned.

An interactive on How Tobacco Damages Your Body from Northwest Community Hospital (accessible to Intermediate ELL’s).

An animation from The Centers For Disease Control on The Health Consequences of Smoking on the Human Body (accessible to high Intermediate ELL’s).

TIME Magazine has just published an infographic titled Leading Cause of Death. It’s a pretty amazing piece of work chocked full with data about smoking cigarettes.

How Would You Feel If You Were Forced To Return To Your Native Country?

Last week, 4,000 Hmong refugees were forced by the Thailand military to return to Laos.

Read more about what happened at these links:

Thailand Evicts Hmong Refugees is the title of a slideshow from The Wall Street Journal.

Reuters has an online video clip on the eviction.

After forced evacuation, local Hmong fear for their families in Laos
is an article that appeared in the Sacramento Bee.

Thailand deports thousands of Hmong to Laos comes from the BBC and also has links to a number of other related-resources.

Thailand Sends 4,000 Hmong Back to Laos is from TIME Magazine and also includes additional links.

The Hmong expulsion shares several photos from the Bangkok Post.

Thailand Evicts 4,000 Hmong to Laos is from The New York Times.

Thai army deports Hmong refugees is from Al Jazeera, and also includes a link to an excellent video series that network did on the Hmong.

Thai move to kick out asylum-seekers angers West is from Reuters and also includes several photos of the eviction.

Thailand Urged to Halt Expulsion of Laotian Hmong Population is an article on the site (run by the U.S. State Department)

Thailand Moves To Send Hmong Back To Laos is on the National Public Radio site.

Then, in the comments section, please answer this question:

How would you feel if you were forced to leave the United States and return to your native country, especially if you felt like your native country’s government was going to punish you for leaving? Why would you feel that way?