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English Language Enrichment Activities: English Enrichment

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From MCN :The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections

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

Learn How to Type! (not a typo!)

Writing Contests!

Write the World Contest: Every month is a new writing challenge. 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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Montachusett Regional Voc Tech School
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Fitchburg, MA 01420
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English Language Enrichment Activities

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.

eBooks and Audiobooks

Commonwealth eBook Collections:

On your portable device (cell phone or tablet) search for and download the SORA app. Watch the VIDEO to learn how.

Click: "My school isn't listed" at the bottom, type in Montachusett, and tap MLS Commonwealth Collections. Select Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School and sign in with your account. You may need to type in your password.  Take out five books at a time. Or read or listen in a browser

Note:  Books sync whether you use the website or the app.  To expand your options, link your public library card and/or Boston Public Library card to SORA (see directions below or watch the VIDEO).  In the app, click in the corner and add a library

Free Boston Public Library Card:

IF YOU DON'T HAVE A PUBLIC LIBRARY CARD, get an ecard from the Boston Public Library online.  Add the BPL to your SORA app for even more books.  Detailed instructions are here!  The BPL eCard gives you online access to apps where to borrow audiobooks and ebooks, among other things like research databases and movies. Here is the link to register for an e-card.

Click here if using a computer and downloading to a Kindle or Nook. Choose Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School.  Click on your Monty Tech account.  Take out three at a time (21-day loan). Move over to your Nook using Adobe Digital Editions or your Kindle. Or read or listen in a browser

Monty Tech's Destiny Discover:  Download the Destiny Discover app to find books and ebooks in our catalog.  Use your montytech login and password to login and download books.