California History Murals

We have learned about the California History murals you will be seeing at the Rincon Annex Post Office in San Francisco.

You can also see a slideshow of the murals here.

After you review the mural slideshow, please use one of these drawing tools to draw one or more pictures that represent an important historical event in your native country. Post the link in the comments section of this post, and be sure to write one or two sentences explaining what the picture represents.

You can use:

Flash Paint

Draw To

Imagination Cubed

If you get done early, you can learn about other murals in San Francisco and around the world:

Play this game

San Francisco Mural Slideshow

The 50 Most Stunning Wall Murals From Around The World

Murals By Diego Rivera

Here are murals in Sacramento.

Learn About Different Ethnic Groups

This week, all the classes at Burbank are learning about the different ethnic groups at our school.

Each day, we will be coming to the computer lab and you will be learning about one group. Ms. Hull and Mr. Ferlazzo will tell you which group we are studying on each day.

Each day, please write three things you learn in the comments section.

We will be studying:

The Best Websites To Teach & Learn About African-American History

The Best Sites For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

The Best Websites To Learn About The Hmong

The Best Resources For Hispanic Heritage Month

The Best Sites For Learning About Cesar Chavez

Learning About People In The News

Go to these sites to learn about a person in the news. Use the information you learn to answer the questions on your sheet:

CBBC Newsround

BBC Learning English

Voice Of America Special English



USA Today Newsdeck

New York Times Skimmer


First, search for an interesting news story or article on anything you want. Use the news source links above to find it.

Next, copy the web address of the article and paste it on Crocodoc.

Paste the web address on Crocodoc. Use the highligher to highlight important or interesting information. Highlight five-to-seven words in each paragraph.

Next, use the “notes” to write two questions and two connections.

Finally, copy and paste the web address of your page to the comments section of this post.

Learn About Zimbabwe

The book Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters is based on a story from the African nation of Zimbabwe.

Please look at these links to learn more about African and Zimbabwe. Write three things you learn.

The Three Tests: A Swahili Tale of Choices

The Impossible Task

An African Story of Creation

Are His Parents From Africa?

Zimbabwe Slideshow

Map of Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Videos

More Zimbabwe Videos

Hunger in Zimbabwe Today

More On Hunger in Zimbabwe Today

Violence in Zimbabwe’s Diamond Fields

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?