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English 9 & 10: Resources to Support Necessary Skills from the English Department

Learn How to Type! (not a typo!)

Set Yourself Up for Success

Write the World Contest: Every month is a new writing challenge.  This month is poetry (as April is Poetry Month).  The winning entrant receives $100, and the runner-up and best peer-reviewer receive $50.

Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest: Just for fun... The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest is a "whimsical literary competition that challenges entrants to compose opening sentences to the worst of all possible novels." The "official deadline" is April 15th but the "actual deadline" is June 30th.

52-Word-Story Contest: No age requirement. Deadline on the 21st of every month.  New prompts monthly.  This month: Write a 53-word story about something green, BUT . . . do not use the word green.  Winners are published and receive a free book.



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Jennifer Jourdain
Montachusett Regional Voc Tech School
1050 Westminster Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 345-9200 x5125

English Language Enrichment Activities

undefinedMackinVIA: New Free Databases until June 30th  In addition to thousands of free ebooks, Mackin has added several databases.  To get into these books is easy and allows for simultaneous viewings. Go to and enter the school name "monta"  and the login and password: montytech1. There is also an app for mobile devices.  

undefined's "Emergency Library."  To access, go to and sign up with them using your Monty Tech account.  Verify your registration with an email sent to your Gmail. Next, search for your book title in the Internet Archive (not the Wayback Machine: this is blocked).  Click on a book.  Then click on the blue "Borrow" button in order to borrow it for "14 days."  After 14 days, I believe you can just borrow it again.  It also has a text to speech button if you'd like it to read to you in a robot voice.  You can also read these on a mobile device through your browser.  Here's a video on how to access.

Thousands of poems, short stories, dramatic works, audio recordings, and more.  Login and password: montytech1 and bulldogs#1


WGBH and PBS have curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more just for Massachusetts teachers.  This collection combines all the resources of PBS and many have support materials.    The top purple bar has a drop down menu for subject.  Click and Assign to Google Classroom or copy and paste the video link and supporting materials in Schoology.


Curated podcasts and lessons on engaging topics, plus comprehension quizzes and a variety of accessibility features
and embedded supports for English learners. They have made their premium service free for schools during this
crisis. Easily integrated with Google Classroom.

For English teachers: A cross-curricular literacy tool designed with ELA teachers in mind. This tool includes non-fiction pairings for popular novels, research projects, Collections that complement many popular curricula, and fiction.  Assign in Classroom or Schoology.

Take this time to study for the PSAT or the SAT!  Khan Academy has a plan that is recognized by College Board.

While school is out, Audible (part of Amazon) has FREE streaming audiobooks.  Click, browse, and listen in your browser on your computer or phone.  Go to Multiple languages available.

  • Third Annual Podcast Contest:  Imagine yourself — or, perhaps, you and your friends — as hosts of your own podcast. What would you talk about? The New York Times is asking for submissions from April 9, 2020 - May 19, 2020.
  • The Learning Network from The New York Times is offering students the ability to practice reading, writing, and learning through stories from the online newspaper.

Podcast on Covid19 - Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta provides daily updates about the coronavirus. He'll make sense of the headlines, speak with the experts - This site is updated daily, informative and free.

NoRedInk builds stronger writers through interest-based curriculum.  Improve your grammar!

Over 2,000 high-quality free reading passages for grades 3-12 complemented by assessments.

 WGBH's Distance Learning Center.  Find videos and activities and then test your knowledge.
 For teachers:  A calendar of all WBGH's upcoming webinars.

Overdrive eBooks and Audiobooks

Free access to ebooks and audiobook from Massachusetts libraries!

Search for SORA in the app store.  Open and Find my school.  Click My School Isn't Listed at the bottom and type 01420.  Click on MLS Commonwealth ebook collection.  Select Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School. Click sign in and use your email account. Stream books. To download, you need wifi. 

If using a computer and or downloading to a Kindle or Nook, go to:  Choose Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School.  Click on your Monty Tech account.  Take out three at a time (21-day loan). Or read or listen in a browser

undefinedNote: you can also go to the Overdrive page of CWMARS and download books if you have a public library card and use the Libby app. 

Note:  These books automatically sync whether you use the website or the app.  To expand your options, link your public library card to SORA.  In the app, click in the corner and add a library.  IF YOU DON'T HAVE A PUBLIC LIBRARY CARD, you can get one from the Boston Public Library for FREE (below).  Get a card through them, and then add the BPL to your SORA app.  Detailed instructions are here!

This eCard gives you online access to apps where you can borrow audiobooks and ebooks, among other things like research databases and movies. Here is the link to register for an e-card.