Friday, August 31, 2012

Stories and Articles, Fall 2012

"The Brooklyn Bridge" Joseph Stella, 1919-1920

8/15/12 - "Fred Astaire. Legendary Dancer"

8/16/12 - "Lucille Ball, Brilliant Comedienne"

8/17/12 - "The History of the Guitar"

8/20/12 - "Philo T Farnsworth: Inventor"

8/21/12- "The Marx Brothers, a Comic Team"

8/22/12 - "Leornard Bernstein: Great Musician"

8/23/12 - "West Side Story, Part One"

8/24/12 - "West Side Story, Part Two"

8/27/12 - "Pioneers Who Shaped the Sounds of Radio"

8/28/12 "The Information Age, Part One"

8/30/12 - "The Information Age, Part Two"

8/31/12 - "Peter J. McGuire and the History of Labor Day" from Edcon Publishing.

9/04/12 - "The Roaring Twenties"  

9/05/12 - "Charles Lindbergh: Hero of the 20s"

 9/06/12 - "Babe Ruth: The Slugger"  

 9/07/12 -  "Black People Seek Change: 1920s"  

 9/10/12 - "W.E.B. Dubois: African-American Thinker and Writer" from VOA  

 9/11/12 - "The History of Jazz, Part One" from VOA

 9/13/12 - "The History of Jazz, Part Two"  

 9/14/12 - "Art and Writing in the 1920s" from VOA

  9/17/12 - "Frank Lloyd Wright: Architect" from VOA  

 9/18/12 - "Design is Where You Find It" from Edcon Publishing  

 9/19/12 - "F. Scott Fitzgerald: Writer in the 20s, Part One"  

 9/20/12 - "F. Scott Fitzgerald: Writer in the 20s, Part Two"  

 9/21/12 - The Story of the 1920s concludes with "The Crash of '29" from Voice of America

9/24/12 - "The Great Depression" from VOA

9/25/12 - "The Republicans Say Good-bye in 1932"

9/26/12 - "Art and Culture During the Great Depression" from Voice of America

9/27/12 - "Edward Hopper" great artist of The Depression, from VOA

9/28/12 - "Woody Gutherie, Part One" from Voice of America

10/01/12 - "Woody Gutherie, Part Two" from Voice of America

10/02/12 - "Diego Rivera: The People's Artist"

10/03/12 - "Margaret Bourke-White: Pioneer Photojournalist" from VOA

10/04/12 - "Margaret Bourke-White: Pioneer Photojournalist, Part Two" from VOA

10/05/12 - "The Evolution of American Folk Music"

10/09/12 - "Amelia Earhart: Aviation Pioneer" from VOA

10/10/12 - "Jesse Owens: Olympic Star" from VOA

10/11/12 - "Jack Benny: Comedian" from VOA

10/12/12 - "George Gershwin: Composer, Part One" from VOA

10/15/12 - "George Gershwin: Composer, Part Two" from VOA

10/16/12 - "Level 7/8 Listening Test One"

10/16/12 - "Basic English Listening Test"

10/17/12 - "1933-The Inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt" from VOA

10/17/12 - Student Survey, Mission Center

10/18/12 - "1936 - FDR: 'We Have Just Begun to Fight!" from VOA

10/19/12 - "Louis Armstrong: The Ambassador of American Jazz" from VOA


10/22/12 - "The Biography of Edgar Allan Poe" from VOA

10/23/12 - "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe from VOA

10/24/12 - "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe from VOA

10/25/12 - "The Purloined Letter" by Edgar Allan Poe from VOA

10/26/12 - "The Great Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa!!" from VOA

10/27/12 - "Leonardo da Vinci, Artist, Scientist, Innovator" from VOA


10/28/12 - "Baseball Words" from VOA

10/29/12 - "Roberto Clemente, Baseball Great"  from Edcon Publishing

10/30/12 - "The Bermuda Triangle" from Edcon Publishing

10/31/12 - "Memories of a Dead Soul" by David Barrera, from The New Mission Journal

11/01/12 - "Angry Ghosts" from Edcon Publishing

11/02/12 - "Ted Nash's Portrait in Seven Shades" from Voice of America 

11/03/12 - "A Journey on Route 66" from VOA

11/04/12 - "The Passenger Pigeon" from Edcon Publishing

11/05/12 - "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce, from VOA

11/06/12 - Using the Infinitive after "Too" and "Enough"

11/06/12 - "The Lady or the Tiger?" by Frank Stockton from VOA

11/07/12 - "The Loch Ness Monster" from Edcon Publishing

11/08/12 - "Sleep Science: The Mystery of Dreams and Dreaming" from VOA

11/09/12 - "Aaron Copland" His music taught America about itself. From VOA.

11/10/12 - "The No Longer Futuristic Laser" from VOA

11/13/12 - "The Nightwalkers" from Edcon Publishing

11/14/12 - "Stonehenge" from VOA

11/15/12 - "The White Heron" by Sarah Orne Jewett, from VOA

11/16/12 - "Marian Anderson, World Famous African-American Opera Star" from Voice of America

11/17/12 - "Susan B. Anthony" and other stories. Edcon Publishing.

11/18/12 - "We're In Trouble" the Apollo 13 disaster, from VOA

11/19/12 - "Christian The Lion, an Amazing Story"

11/20/12 - "The Meaning of Thanksgiving" from VOA

11/17/12 - "Susan B. Anthony" and other stories. Edcon Publishing.

11/21/12 - "Pocahontas" from Voice of America

11/26/12 - "The Difficult Life of Early Settlers" from VOA

11/27/12 - "How the Search for Religious Freedom Led to the Colonies" from VOA

11/27/12 - 7/8 Listening Test Two

11/27/12 - Level Three Midterm Listening Test

11/28/12 - "Early Native Americans" from VOA

11/29/12 - "George Catlin, An Important American Artist" from VOA

11/30/12 - "Mysterious Changes in the Forest" from Edcon Publishing

12/01/12 - "The Emperor Penguin" from VOA

12/03/12- "Christmas in America" from VOA

12/04/12 - "The Nutcracker Suite" from VOA

12/05/12 - "The Science of Snow" from VOA

12/06/12 - "Race With the Black Death: The Story of Balto, Alaskan Husky Hero" from Edcon Publishing

12/07/12 - "Music Around the Globe" from VOA

12/10/12 - "Christmas in the 19th Century" from VOA

12/11/12 - "The Last Leaf" by O.Henry from VOA

12/12/12 - "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer"

12/12/12 - "From Latvia for Christmas" from Edcon Publishing

12/13/12 - "The Gift of the Magi" by O.Henry, from VOA

12/14/12 - "The Polar Express" written by Chris Van Allsburg, and made into a film in 2004 directed by Robert Zemeckis

12/17/12 - "The Fir Tree" by Hans Christian Anderson

12/18/12 - "Matt Henson at the North Pole" from Edcon Publishing

12/18/12 - "BBC's Ice Worlds" a preview from the Discovery Channel

12/20/12 - "To the Rescue" the story of the Saint Bernard dog, from Edcon Publishing

12/21/12 - "Antartica: a Scientific Laboratory Like No Other" from VOA

12/22/12 - "The Emperor Penguin" from VOA

12/23/12 - "The Christmas Cuckoo" by Frances Browne

12/24/12 - "The Shepherd of These Hills"

12/27/12 - "My Special Christmas" by Raymundo Valdez

12/28/12 - "Poems About Love" by Che'neka Wilson

12/29/12 - "Mariachi" by Victor Ortiz Romo

12/31/12 - "Happy New Year in America" from Mission Language Lab

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Summer Session 2012

Valles Marineris - Mars

7/02/12 - "The Princess of Mars, Part One" by Edgar Rice Burroughs from VOA

7/05/12 - "The Princess of Mars, Part Two"''

7/09/12 - "The Princess of Mars, Part Three"

7/12/12 - "The Princess of Mars, Part Four, The Exciting Conclusion"

7/16/12 - "Crazy Horse, Leader of the Lakota Sioux" from Voice of America

7/18/12 - "First Nation Peoples" from Voice of America

7/23/12 - "George Catlin - Artist, Part One" from Voice of America

7/24/12 - "George Catlin - Artist, Part Two" from Voice of America

7/25/12 - "The History of Jazz, Part One" from Voice of America

7/26/12 - "The History of Jazz, Part Two" from Voice of America

Valles Marineris from a bird's eye perspective

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Articles from 5/26/12 to 6/27/12

"Schubert at the Piano" by Gustav Klimt, 1899
5/26/12 - "Weight of the World" Amy Speace - The finest Memorial Day song, from Youtube

5/27/ 12 - "Happy Birthday, Golden Gate Bridge!" from Ted Lamphair and VOA

5/28/12 - "D-Day: The World War Two Normandy Invasion" from VOA


5/29/12 - "Financial Progress" by Claudia Herrera from NMJ

5/30/12 - "The Bride of California" by Yasmeen al Hbaishy from NMJ

5/31/12 - "Two Volcanoes" by Esperanza Villanueva from NMJ

6/01/12 - "All Things Wise and Wonderful" a book review by Susana Deng from NMJ

6/04/ 12 - "Think Positive" by Andrea Coto from NMJ

6/05/12 - "A Roofing Accident" by Eugenio Ramirez from NMJ

6/17/12 - "Summertime" from the opera, "Porgy and Bess" by George and Ira Gershwin

6/18/12 - "Tequilla" by Rosa Perez Hernandez

6/19/12 - "Memories of a Dead Soul" by David Barrera

6/25/12 - "The Economy in Europe" by Kerstin Ulrich from NMJ

6/27/12 - "My First Day in San Francisco" by Irene Clark from NMJ

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Level 7/8, Spring 2012, Student Writings

"At the Theater" by Mary Cassatt, 1879

"All Things Wise and Wonderful" by Susana Deng

"Tequila" by Rosa Perez Hernandez

"Poetess Cora Coralina" by Leonara Soares

"The Consequences of Drunk Driving" by Yadira Gonzalez

"When I Was a Child" by Sandra Calderon

"The Pets I Used to Have in Mexico" by Clarissa A. Marquez

"The Economy in Europe" by Kerstin Ulrich

"A Roofing Accident" by Eugenio Ramirez

"The Mary Kay Company and Me" by Maria Teresa Anaya

"Memories of a Dead Soul" by David Barrera

"The Bride of California" by Yasmeen al Hbaishy

"The Zapatista Army" by Delfino Vasquez

"The Two Volcanoes" by Esperanza Villanueva

"Financial Progress" by Claudia Herrera

"Our Healer (Curandera)" by Esperanza Villanueva

"Mariachi" by Victor Ortiz Como

"Think Positive" by Andrea Coto

Monday, January 30, 2012

Articles from Spring Semester, 2012

"The Blank Page" Rene Magritte, 1967

1/17/12 - "The Law is For Everybody". The story of Sojourner Truth.

1/18/12 - The great abolitionist and orator, Frederick Douglass.

1/19/12 - Harriet Tubman builder of the Underground Railroad.

1/20/12 - Lincoln Frees the Slaves The story of The Emancipation Proclamation

1/24/12 - Matt Henson at The North Pole from Edcon Publishing

1/25/12 - "The Origins of English, Part One" from VOA

1/26/12 - "The Origins of English, Part Two" from VOA

1/27/12 - "Black People Seek Change in the 1920s" from VOA.

1/30/12 - "Ella Fitzgerald and the Harlem Renaissance" from VOA.

1/31/12 - "Duke Ellington, Part One" from VOA

2/2/12 - "Duke Ellington, Part Two" from VOA

2/3/12 - "Louis Armstrong" America's Ambassador of Jazz from VOA

2/6/12 - "The Emperor Penguin" from VOA

2/7/12 - "Antarctica: Scientific Laboratory" from VOA

2/9/12 - "Jesse Owens" the man who outran the Third Reich, from VOA

2/10/12 - "The Legendary Mississippi River" from VOA

2/12/12 - Abraham Lincoln's Birthday. He was born on February 12, 1809.

2/13/12 - "Lincoln Portrait" from VOA

2/14/12 - "Aaron Copland: Composer" from VOA

2/15/12 - "Sam's Towers" from Edcon Publishing

2/16/12 - "Langston Hughes, Part One" from VOA

2/21/12 - "The Man Who Painted Washington" from Edcon Publishing

2/22/12 - "Langston Hughes, Part Two" from VOA

2/23/12 - "The Californian's Tale" by Mark Twain, from VOA

2/24/12 - "Rosa Parks: The Civil Rights Movement Begins"

2/27/12 - "Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s" from VOA

2/29/12 - "Martin Luther King Jr., Part Two" from VOA.

3/01/12 - "Jose's Special Gift" from Edcon Publishing

3/02/12 - "Roberto Clemente" from Edcon Publishing

3/05/12 - "The Tell Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe from VOA.

3/06/12 - "Celia Cruz: The Queen of Salsa" from VOA.

3/07/12 - "Ida Tarbell: Investigative Reporter" from VOA.

3/08/12 - "Diego Rivera: The People's Artist"

3/09/12 - "Wonders of the World: A New List" from VOA.

3/12/12 - Jim Beckwourth and "The Grizzly Bear" from Edcon Publishing.

3/12/12 - My Philosophy of Teaching ESL

3/13/12 - "The Last Leaf" by O. Henry, from VOA.

3/14/12 - "Christian The Lion, an Amazing Story"

3/15/12 - "The Evolution of American Folk Music" from VOA.

3/16/12 - "The Seven Wonders of the World" from VOA.

3/19/12 - "Stonehenge: A Mysterious Ancient Temple" from VOA.

3/20/12 - "The White Heron" by Sarah Orne Jewett, from VOA.

3/21/12 - "Natural Wonders of the World" from VOA.

3/22/12 - "Cesar Chavez" the great leader of the California farm workers, from VOA.

4/2/12 - "Modern Wonders of the World" from VOA.

4/3/12 - "The Tallest Buildings in the World" from VOA.

4/5/12 - "Hank Williams: Great Country and Western Singer" from VOA.

4/6/12 - "Mysterious Changes in the Forest" from Edcon Publishing.

4/6/12 - "BBC's Planet Earth: Seasonal Forests" program guide from Discovery Channel.

4/9/12 - "Design Is Where You Find It" from Edcon Publishing

4/10/12 - "Maya Lin's Landscapes" from VOA.

4/11/12 - "Tombstone, Arizona" and the Old West.

4/12/12- "Grand Canyon National Park" from VOA.

4/13/12- "Cole Porter, Part One" from VOA.

4/16/12- "The Museum of the Chinese in America" from VOA.

4/17/12- "Doctor Spock: The Greatest Baby Doctor" from VOA.

4/18/12- "Cole Porter, Part Two" from VOA.

4/19/12- "Underground Adventure" from Edcon Publishing

4/20/12- "Carlsbad Caverns National Park" from VOA

4/20/12- "BBC's Planet Earth: Caves, an Introduction" by The Discovery Channel

4/23/12 - "Sleep Science: Dreams and Dreaming" from VOA

4/24/12 - "The Nightwalkers" from Edcon Publishing

4/25/12- "George Gershwin, Part One" from VOA

4/26/12- "George Gershwin, Part Two" from VOA

4/30/12 - "The Wright Brothers" from VOA

5/01/12 - "Remembering the X-15" from VOA

5/02/12 - "Project Mercury, Part One" from VOA

5/03/12 - "Project Mercury, Part Two" from VOA

5/04/12 - "James Brown: The Godfather of Soul" from VOA

5/07/12 - "Star Wars Robots" from Edcon Publishing

5/08/12 - "Buffalo Bill Cody" from VOA

5/08/12 - "Jackson Pollack: Abstract Expressionism" from VOA

5/09/12- "The Triple" from Edcon Publishing

5/10/12 - "Walt Disney" from VOA

5/11/12 - "Ted Nash: Jazz and Art" from VOA

5/14/12 - "Mesa Verde National Park" from VOA

5/14/12 - "The Dance of the Bees" from Edcon

5/15/12 - "Yosemite National Park" from VOA

5/16/12 - "Mount Everest" from VOA

5/17/12 - "The Historic Hudson River" from VOA

5/18/12 - "The Missouri River" from VOA

5/18/12 - "BBC Planet Earth: Fresh Water" The Discovery Channel

5/21/12 - "Four Western National Parks" from VOA

5/22/12 - "White Sands National Monument" from VOA

5/23/12 - "Trapped in Death Valley" from Edcon Publishing

5/24/12 - "Death Valley" from VOA

5/24/12 - "BBC's Planet Earth: Deserts" from the Discovery Channel


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The History of Civil Rights

The holiday we celebrate on January 16th, the birthday of Martin Luther King, is an opportunity for educators to discuss the importance of King and his leadership role in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. However, in order to understand the MLK story and the Civil Rights Movement, it's important to point out the struggles by African Americans for their freedom that took place throughout American history. Fortunately, the outstanding programming provided by Voice of America Special English as well as the Edcon Publishing Group allows teachers to draw on the history, biography, and also the music and poetry that provide a background and context for the Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights story. As a teacher of English as a Second Language, I will use these articles in the first weeks of Spring Semester in the second half of my classes in ESL 7/8 and ESL 5/6. I think also, judging from the use patterns of the Mission Language Lab website, these stories can be useful for teachers of grade school and middle school level students. They're interesting, fun, and the comprehension checks which I have supplied at the end of each selection provide a challenge for students they enjoy and which also help them to develop reading and listening skills. I will be listing these articles each day under the "What's New" section of the blog at the right top side of the Mission Language Lab main page. But, for your convenience, I will post here the links in case you want to use your own order or to select the articles that are most useful for your presentation and curriculum.

Isabel/Sojourner Truth
Frederick Douglas
Harriet Tubman
The Emancipation Proclamation
W.E.B. Dubois
Matt Henson and The North Pole
The Movement of African Americans to Northern Cities: 1920s
Ella Fitzgerald and the Harlem Renaissance
Duke Ellington Part One
Duke Ellington Part Two
Langston Hughes Part One
Langston Hughes Part Two
Louis Armstrong

Jesse Owens Outruns The Third Reich
Rosa Parks
Martin Luther King Part One
Martin Luther King Part Two