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Which Is The Better Neighborhood?

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

First, type the first paragraph of your “Which Is The Better Neighborhood?” essay in a Word document. Then, after you’re done, please copy and paste it in the comments section of this post.

Try This Writing Activity

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Please go to Proofreading: Spelling and Writing. Pick your level of difficulty, and correct the paragraphs. See how well you can do!

Neighborhood Research

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Please go to these sites to find information for your neighborhood research sheet: ZipSkinny Hotpads SacBee Homes You can also look at apartments for rent in the area at: My New Place Rent Bits My Apartment Map

Create Your Own Newspaper

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

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. […]

Learning About Cigarettes

Monday, January 11th, 2010

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 […]

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

Monday, January 4th, 2010

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 […]

Send A Christmas Card!

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Create a holiday card for a friend (or teacher!). Create a card using one of these sites. Email it to yourself, and then copy and paste the link in the comments section of this blog. Be sure to write in the comment who the card is for! Critter Carol Dancing Santa Claus Merry Message Emoticarolers […]

Create A Posterous Blog

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Go to your email and send an email message to Write “This is my first blog post.” You will immediately receive an email back from Posterous with a link to your new blog. Make sure you use a password that is easy to remember. After you get the link to your new blog, please […]


Saturday, November 28th, 2009

Please go to this site and look through the links to learn more about gangs and why people join them: The Best Sites To Learn About Street Gangs

Learn More About Advertising

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Visit these sites and write down three things you learn about how advertisers persuade you to buy their products.  Write down your notes on a piece of paper.  If there is time, you can then write them in the comments section: Don’t Buy It! See How You Get Hooked Into Buying Now! You Are Here […]

Play A Game In A Private Room

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

Today, all students will play against each other in a game called: Gut Instinct Go to the game, click on “English,” and then sign-up. Write your initials, and write “mrferlazzo” in the box that asks for “League Name.” Do not click “submit” until Mr. Ferlazzo or Ms. Hull yells “Go!” You will be asked a […]

Learn About Persuasive Essays

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

Review these sites to help you learn about writing a persuasive essay.  Please write three things you’ve learned in the comments section. Here’s a Fact and Opinion game. Try another Fact and Opinion Game. Here are lots of fact and opinion activities. PBS’ Arthur has a simple Facts and Opinions game. It’s A Fact! Making […]

Create A “Hangman” Game

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

Write a sentence at Flash Hangman Challenge and then email it to yourself. It will turn into a “Hangman” game. Copy and paste the link in the comments section so others can play the game.

Learning About Careers

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Use the following links to learn about the possible careers that you and your parents have said might be in your future. Answer four questions for each career. You only have to write an a sentence or two in response to each question. Share the answers in the comments section. When you do, first list […]

Turn Your Essay Into A Slideshow

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Go to Bookr and make a slideshow out of the first paragraph of your Problem/Solution Essay. Email the link to yourself, and then copy and paste it in the comments section of this post.

Finding Answers To Your College Questions

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

Explore these sites to find answers to your questions about college. Write your answers next to the questions on your question sheet. If you need more space, write on the back. Know How 2 Go College.Gov California Community Colleges Online Application Center You’re Going To College Embark Fin Aid Getting Ready For College Financial Aid […]

Landlord Letters

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Please type your Landlord Letter using WORD. Name the file “landlord letter.” After you are done, save it. Then go to Next, upload your landlord letter to the Internet. Then, copy the url address and paste it in the comments section of this post. Remember to only use your first name in your landlord […]

“A Bark In The Dark”

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Go to “A Bark In The Dark.” Use the instructions your teacher gave your group to try and win the game. Good luck!

Writing Exercises And Games

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Try these writing activities and games. If the first ones are too easy, try the next one. Each one gets a little harder. Five minutes before class ends, please leave a comment saying which activity you liked the best and why: “I liked ______________ the best because ________________________.” The New News The New News 2 […]

What Are Your Favorite Learning Games?

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Later this year you will be creating your own learning games that other students can play. Today, please play the games on this list. Vote for the three games you think are the best. In the comments section, please write which three you voted for and why you voted for them: I voted for ______________ […]

Write A Short Story With Images

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Today you are going to write a short story with images. You can use either one of these sites: Tell A Story, where you’ll pick a painting to use in your story, type it, and also record it. Five Card Flickr Story, where you’ll pick five photos and then tell a story about them. Please […]

Problem/Solution Essays

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Look at these Problem/Solution essays.  After reading them, please write in the comments two things you learned about writing from them: Neighborhood Wildscape A Noble Solution Fans Or Foes?

Add Lines To A Movie

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Pick one of the short movies at Bombay TV. You can choose to either record what you want the actors to say, or write them as “subtitles.” Here’s an example: Mr. Ferlazzo’s Movie Once you email it to yourself, the site will show you the link address to copy and paste in the comments section […]

Record A Talking Monkey

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Today, you can make a Talking Monkey. You will record your own voice and email it to yourself. Then you will copy and paste the link in the comments section of this post. In your message, say: 1) Your first name (do not say your last name) 2) Your favorite movie and why it’s your […]

Make A Comic Strip

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Got to the Bubblr site and make a comic strip of at least six frames showing a problem and a solution.