All ELA Students
This site “gamifies” vocabulary study allows students master word definitions and, more importantly, how to use of vocabulary in a variety of contexts. Students achieve different levels of mastery and can compete in their acquisition of new words with their classmates, other classes in the school, and students across the nation. For the 2014-2015 school year, GDRHS students were ranked 97 out of 16,369 schools in the U.S. for its earning points by learning new words.
Visual Thesaurus (Note: This is a special GDRHS Portal)
This sister product to Vocabulary.com allows students to find a synonyms with just the right nuance. The site also posts daily essays on how words in the news came into being and changed in meaning over time. Because Visual Thesaurus has a filter for some modern European languages, it is useful for students who study French, Spanish, Dutch, German, and Italian.
Noodle Tools (a research tool)
This research tool allows students to build accurate and a detailed list of sources (including annotations) and format those sources according to style guides for particular disciplines (MLA, APA, and Chicago). Noodle Tools has many powerful features, including PowerPoints that walk students through how to check the credibility of their sources, the ability link online sources directly to their source list, virtual note cards that students can organize in piles on a virtual table and drag into an outline while building their paper, and the ability of their teacher to see and comment on their progress throughout the research process.
This is a gamified tool for studying grammar and syntax. It allows students to pick famous people and fictional characters as the actors in the sentences they study. Unlike the products above, GDRHS does not have a subscription to this product. (It’s too expensive!) Even so, the free exercises are helpful, and teachers can see individual student progress and notice trends for the entire class.
Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab can answer virtually every question you have about MLA format. It is especially useful for how to do in-text citations.
GDRHS Library’s ELA Resources
This tool provides audio recordings of the works of literature we read in class. For some texts, students can highlight words to help them with their visual tracking or adjust the rate of oral reading to reflect or push their processing speed.