Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Subway Stories

 Image from the New York Times archives

If you have been talking about the subway in class (I know many of you have been!), consider showing your students one or both of these interactive features from the New York Times.

This collection at Lens, the Times' photography blog, captures the contemporary feeling of the subway system. This interactive feature sorts images by two-decade periods to give a sense of the history of the subway.

Students could choose a favorite image to write about or discuss, or you could use these images to generate vocabulary for a lesson on subway stories.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Weekend Web Fun: Food Blogs

As the weather gets colder and the days get shorter, we may find ourselves thinking more about cooking. Why not bring this topic into the classroom? Exploring recipes is a creative way to study and teach the imperative form. Check out these food blogs for inspiration!

Foodgawker is great for recipes.

Apple Cobbler Cupcakes with Pumpkin Pie Frosting on Cupcake Project via Foodgawker.

Foodspotting is great for recommendations and photography.

Carnitas tacos at La Esquina by Scott Zee on Foodspotting.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

PBS Teachers: A Resource

Check out the teachers' site at for lesson ideas. The lesson plans make great use of the network's programming, and can be used to support a wide variety of classroom topics. You can search by program title or content area. Some samples...

Talking about poetry, contemporary art forms, or hip hop? This lesson could start some unexpected discussions.

This lesson uses the Faces of America series to examine historical immigration in the United States, and serves as a basis for understanding contemporary anti-immigration sentiments.

Look around and see what you like!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Weekend Web Fun: Young Me / Now Me

I came across this talk on TED today given by Ze Frank, and I remembered how much I enjoy his latest project, Young Me / Now Me.

In many cases these photo projects are funny, in some cases they are sad. Have a look! It's a great topic for the classroom, either as discussion material, a class project, or a writing project.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Current Events in the Classroom: Chilean Miners

If you want to talk about the miners' rescue, here's a reading comprehension exercise from the New York Times.

 Jose Manuel De La Maza/Chilean Presidential Press Office, via Associated Press

Friday, October 8, 2010

Lessons From TESOL

Have you heard of The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch? Check out this new lesson plan up at the TESOL Resource Center.