Hello 9th Graders and Families!
My name is Julee Boland, and I will be teaching a group of 9th graders during the Winter semester. As a reading specialist, I love working with WTMC students to help them develop and extend their literacy skills. I’m looking forward to being part of the 9th grade team next semester!
In the meantime, here are some of my favorite literacy-related resources:
Adolescent Literacy: http://www.adlit.org/
A comprehensive resource for parents wanting more information about the literacy development of adolescent students.
Good Reads: https://www.goodreads.com/
A great source for book recommendations that also provides users with a way to connect with other readers and authors. Keep track of books you’ve read and books you want to read, and give reviews to help other readers.
Learner’s Dictionary: http://www.learnersdictionary.com/
Although not nearly as comprehensive as an unabridged dictionary, Merriam Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary is my favorite quick and easy resource for clear definitions. In addition to definitions, the dictionary also provides the recorded audio pronunciation for each word with plenty of student-friendly examples.
Did you know that as a WCC student, you can request any book available at any library in the state of Michigan, and it will be delivered to the Bailey library? Access MeLCat through WCC’s library’s website, and you can search for books, audiobooks, and music.
New York Time’s Learning Network: http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/
One of my favorite resources I recommend to students who want to stay up to date with current events, The Learning Network weaves literacy strategies in with New York Times articles.
Paperback Swap: http://www.paperbackswap.com/index.php
A great and sustainable way to exchange paperback books with readers across the country.
Purdue OWL: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl
Information about MLA citation and works cited pages, as well as examples of different writing assignments.
What Should I Read Next?: http://www.whatshouldireadnext.com/
Have a book you didn’t want to finish because it was so good? Enter the title and it will suggest other books you may like. Think of it like the Netflix of books.