Secondary English Weekly #2

VOLUME FIVE, ISSUE TWO /September 5-9, 2022

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A grant has been awarded to OSU & CCS for a research project called Teaching and Learning Argumentative Writing and Informational Writing in Secondary School Classrooms. The goal of two-year partnership will be to improve CCS students’ writing performances in the classroom and on the OST writing assessments by creating one informative and one argumentative writing unit for grade 9 and one informative and one argumentative writing unit for grade 10 using the dialogic approach to argumentative/informational writing. These units will be added to StudySync and use the StudySync texts/platform to make them available to all English 9 and English 10 teachers in the district.

Five teachers from CCS are currently part of this research fellows project, but the study requires three more. If you teach English 9 or English 10 at a high school in Region 2, 4, or 6, and have a commitment to improving students’ writing performances in the classroom and on the state writing assessments, please consider participating. The first meeting for the project is happening on Tuesday, September 13th. Participants will receive up to $850 stipend and CEUs are available.

To participate fill out this form as soon as possible.

NOTE: If you teach English 9 or English 10 and are interested in the research project, but your school is in Region 1, 3, or 5, you may also fill out the form in case the spots are not filled by teachers in Regions 2, 4, and 6.

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For those of you teaching Honors English 9, Honors English 10, AP Lang, or AP Lit who have been experiencing access issues to Launchpad from Clever, know that Bedford and CCS did a remapping of products at the end of last week to correct any issues. If you continue to have connectivity problems, please reach out to Tim Wangler so that he can continue to work with Bedford, if needed.

Gramercy Books Poetry Contest

Use Your Classroom Books to Create Spine Poems with Your Students!

Showcase Your Creativity and Enter to Win a $75 Gift Card from Gramercy and a copy of Spine Poems: An Eclectic Collection of Found Verse for Book Lovers!

Contest Details:

  • The contest deadline is September 15th

  • Email your spine poems to

  • The entries will be judged by Bexley poet Maggie Smith

  • Limit 3 entries per person

  • Winner will be notified Sept. 28th

  • Winning poem to be featured in Gramercy's Oct.1st newsletter

Book Giveaway from NCTE

Book Giveaway for Secondary Educators

NCTE will award 50 NCTE members a complimentary bundle of six books courtesy of the National Council of Teachers of English and MacMillan Publishers.

Titles in the book bundle include:

  • Beowolf: A New Translation by Maria Dahvana Headley
  • Beating Heart Baby by Lio Min
  • Somebody's Daughter by Ashley C. Ford
  • Home Field Advantage by Dahlia Adler
  • Full Flight by Ashley Schumacher
  • Unbound by Tarana Burke

This opportunity is open to NCTE members only. If your membership expires prior to the deadline, we encourage you renew your membership to ensure you're eligible! NCTE partners with publishers throughout the year to provide members exclusive opportunities for book giveaways!

Complete the form to be entered into this giveaway by 11:59 p.m. PT, Sunday, September 25, 2022. If you have any questions, email Sarah Miller at

StudySync Coaches Community-Doug Fisher Session

-If you are an English coach with CCS and have not joined the StudySync Coaches Community, you can do so here: Register.

-One of the upcoming events for the coaches' speaker series happens on Sept. 20th with Dr. Doug Fisher. Learn from thought leader, Dr. Doug Fisher on Tuesday, Sept. 20th about guiding an intentional focus on close reading at 12pm ET. Register for Session.

AMLE Conference-Early Bird Registration

The AMLE conference happens from November 3-5 in Orlando, Florida. Conference Site

Early Bird Registration – Deadline Extended to September 16

Don’t miss out on our lowest registration rate! Register

Conference Hotel Raffle – Deadline to Book is September 6

By reserving your room through our official housing site, you’ll save and be entered into our amazing prize drawing! Book Hotel

Second Call for Presentations – Proposals due September 16

Share your amazing ideas with colleagues and enjoy discounted presenter registration if selected! Submit Proposal

NEW NCTE Position statement

NEW! NCTE Position Statement

How writing is conceptualized has consequences, especially in educational settings. Yet, despite decades of research and scholarship on writing, writing instruction, and writing assessment, misperceptions about writing and its purpose in schools persist.

In NCTE's new position statement, they provide recommendations for administrators, educators, policymakers, and school faculty to mitigate narrow definitions and limited practices of writing. The position statement asserts, "Writing is an important form of self-expression and communication as well as a tool for thinking, reflecting, and learning. Its use as a process, a practice, and a product is essential in the classroom and beyond.”

Read the NCTE Position Statement on Writing Instruction in School

BLog on Sentence/Reading Comprehension

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Wednesday September 7, 2022

  • StudySync Webinar: 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT Basic Training: Create and Grade Assignments Register Now
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Your best resource for all things secondary English is the ELA 6-12 Webpage. Use the Quick Links on the landing page for easy navigation.

Curriculum Maps, Course Folders, and Resource Lists

NOTE: ALL DISTRICT SECONDARY ENGLISH COURSES HAVE CURRICULUM MAPS AND COURSE FOLDERS:) They will prove very useful in planning your year. Each Curriculum Map contains a pathway through the course using the adopted curricular resource for that course that will aid you in supporting student learning as they grow their literacy and master standards.

-Curriculum Guides: Visit the Curriculum/Instructional Resources Quick Links on the ELA 6-12 Webpage or the Google docs below for all Secondary English Curriculum. At these links, you will find your COURSE FOLDERS that have everything you need for your courses including Curriculum Maps, Course Introduction Pages, Standard docs, digital novels, adopted resource trainings/tutorials, etc. To access many curricular and district items, you must be logged into Google using your CCS credentials and not a personal account.

-Course Resource Lists: Here are the Resource Lists for Secondary English. They list the Secondary English and Elective courses showing/detailing which core resources are used in each.

Visit the "Curriculum Resources" section of this newsletter located further down the page for additional information about and links for these Secondary English Resources.

  1. The Tier I Instructional Resources are StudySync (English 6-12, Alternate English courses, and some Electives) and the Bedford Texts/Launchpad (Honors and AP English).
  2. The Tier II/Tier III Intervention Resource is Achieve3000. The contact person for this resource is Sonja Dill.
  3. The Supplemental Resource is TeachingBooks.

STUDYSYNC: Access, PD, Tutorials, & Trainings

StudySync (Tier 1 Adopted Resource for English 6-12, Alternate English Courses, and Some Electives)

  • Access: You AND your students access StudySync via the Clever icon or Click on the McGraw Hill icon. Then, launch the StudySync App. You can use this guide to set up a "sample" class in StudySync for access prior to your classes being loaded by the district: StudySync: Create “Sample” StudySync Class.
  • Demo Code: Here is the demo code for StudySync in case you have a student teacher, building coach, or admin that wants to see the platform and they do not have a class aligned in Clever/IC. DEMO:, UN: 612studysync, PW: elaMH2022
  • Students Reading & Writing Companions: For the English 6-12 courses, student consumables have been sent to the buildings this summer. Be sure to locate these and distribute them to students in these courses. They must be given out to the students.The six units for each grade at StudySync online are included in the consumables and can increase modality options and provide equity for students.
  • Change Course Names: Inside StudySync, your classes are marked with X and Y. The X classes are for first semester and the Y classes are for second semester. If you want to change the names of your classes in StudySync, follow this guide: StudySync-How to Change Course Names
  • Integration with Canvas: You will be able to open up StudySync right inside of Canvas and assign items as you normally do. Orientation to English Courses in Canvas (video) & Canvas/StudySync Integration Guide


Bedford/Launchpad (Tier 1 Adopted Resource for Honors and AP)


TeachingBooks (Supplemental Resource)

CCS-Novels Available in the English 6-12 Curriculum Office A-L

CCS-Novels Available in the English 6-12 Curriculum Office M-Z

CCS Middle School Curriculum: Novels in Warehouse, Course Folder, or Adopted Resource

CCS High School Curriculum: Novels in Warehouse, Course Folder, or Adopted Resource

CCS English 6: Novels in Warehouse, Course Folder, or Adopted Resource

CCS English 7: Novels in Warehouse, Course Folder, or Adopted Resource

CCS English 8: Novels in Warehouse, Course Folder, or Adopted Resource

CCS English 9: Novels in Warehouse, Course Folder, or Adopted Resource

CCS English 10: Novels in Warehouse, Course Folder, or Adopted Resource

CCS English 11: Novels in Warehouse, Course Folder, or Adopted Resource

CCS English 12: Novels in Warehouse, Course Folder, or Adopted Resource

  • Author/Text Resources: TeachingBooks also is a place to get additional novel and author resources. These Overview videos/trainings from TeachingBooks can help you understand the resources: Introduction video I Slide Presentation and Training Script.
  • Some Upcoming 20-Minute Webinars:
TeachingBooks Updates & New Features September 15 2pm
Community Partnerships with TeachingBooks September 29 2pm
Early Childhood Resources from TeachingBooks October 13 2pm
Book Clubs & Reading Circles with TeachingBooks November 17 2pm
Engage Readers with Graphic Novels & TeachingBooks Resources December 15 2pm


Achieve3000 Tier 2/Tier 3 Adopted Resource for Literacy

See the Achieve3000 Quick Link on the ELA 6-12 Webpage for information about this intervention resource. Sonja Dill is the CCS Support Lead for Achieve3000. This tool can be used across disciplines to help students work on literacy skills and should be used as a Tier II or Tier III intervention which MUST NOT take the place of core instruction using the Tier I adopted resources.

return borrowed novels to the curriculum office

As you are beginning your school year, you may come across bags or boxes of novels that you need to return to the curriculum office. These would be ones borrowed from the curriculum office, not ones from the warehouse. Books borrowed from the warehouse may remain in your building's book room for reuse. Items being returned to the curriculum office can be sent through school mail or CCS delivery services to Southland Center, Suite 125, 3700 South High Street, Columbus, OH 43207 to the attention of Carla Mae Phillips. Thanks:)

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English Chairs for 2022-23

Here are the English Chair meeting dates for 2022-23. They are from 3:30-5:30pm
  • September 14, 2022
  • October 12, 2022
  • November 9, 2022
  • December 14, 2022
  • January 11, 2023
  • February 8, 2023
  • March 15, 2023
  • April 19, 2023
  • May 10, 2023

If you are the English Chair for your building and have not confirmed it on the chart, please do so HERE.


Most of the English curriculum sessions on the District PD Days this year will have a literacy focus. That is because CCS has developed the CCS Secondary Literacy Plan, which you can access here: CCS Secondary Literacy Plan. The plan is rooted in Ohio’s Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement and guided by the Adolescent Simple View of Reading. The plan spans from intermediate literacy that crosses curricular areas to disciplinary literacy that reflects the demands of specific disciplines while allowing for individualized intensive interventions, as needed. Inherent in the plan is that students are reading, writing, and discussing every day in classrooms. The components of the plan are: Academic Language, Reading Comprehension, Writing Competency, Classroom Discussion, and Collective Efficacy.

If you want to dig deeper into any of the main components of the secondary literacy plan, here are some sites, resources, strategies, recordings, and articles that may offer insight and enrichment. Note: The list below is not inclusive of everything you currently have in your adopted resources (e.g. StudySync) which are the MAIN items for instruction and support of the literacy components.


Academic Language

Reading Comprehension

Writing Competency

Classroom Discussion

CCS 2022 PD Days

Free Issues of Literacy Journals

BOY, MOY, and EOY for Secondary English


  • District Mandate: I-Ready Grades 6-10; Window 8/24- 9/30 NOTE: I-Ready assessments for Grades 9 & 10 are currently on hold as of 9/1/22.

  • LevelSet for Achieve3000 Users: Window opens 8/29 (Students prompted on platform)

  • Optional for Classroom Use: StudySync Assessments Grades 6-12 (Varied options from Diagnostics to Benchmarks to Test Prep)


  • District Mandate: I-Ready Grades 6-10: Window 12/5/22- 1/20/23

  • Optional for Classroom Use: StudySync Assessments Grades 6-12 (Varied options from End-of-Units to Benchmarks to Test Prep)


  • State Mandate: OSTs Grades 6, 7, 8, and 10

  • District Mandate: I-Ready Grades 6-10 (This has not been approved as of publication.)

  • LevelSet for Achieve3000 Users

  • Optional for Classroom Use: StudySync Assessments Grades 6-12 (Varied options from End-of-Units to Benchmarks to Test Prep)


As the Learning Tech department rolls out Canvas, you may find that you have some or all of your courses loaded in Canvas. The latest information I was given is that English 6-10 courses have been loaded in Canvas and may be used by teachers if they choose. Although the English 11, English 12, and all other alternate English courses have been created in Canvas, I have been told that they will be rolled out at a future date. If you have courses loaded in Canvas and want to use them, you will need to pair them with StudySync. Then, StudySync will populate inside Canvas and it will look just as if you opened it from Clever and work the same way. Use the orientation video (below) to get an idea of what your English courses look like inside of Canvas and use the guide (below) to learn how to access StudySync via Canvas, pair your courses, create/sync assignments, put assignments in modules, and export grades. It also contains a student-facing video for students new to using StudySync inside Canvas.
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If you are new to teaching a secondary English course and did not attend the new teacher orientation sessions, here are some links for you to the items you may have missed.


Below are the StudySync webinar offerings for August and September. If you register and cannot attend, you will be sent a recording. StudySync is the core Tier 1 Resources for Secondary English. The CORE ELA Units are used in English 6-12. Items from the StudySync Library are used in all alternative English courses (Humanities Language Arts 8, Humanities English 9 & 10, African American Literature, Major British Writers Seminar, Shakespeare's Literature, and Women's Literature) and many of the elective courses (e.g., Essay Writing 6, 7, and 8). Here is the PAGE FOR ALL UPCOMING STUDYSYNC WEBINAR DATES showing offerings through December.

Wednesday September 7, 2022

  • 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT Basic Training: Create and Grade Assignments Register Now

Monday September 12, 2022

  • 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT Guest Teacher Guidance: How to Seamlessly Jump Into StudySync Register Now

Wednesday September 14, 2022

  • 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM EDT Basic Training: The Reading Routine - Reading & Rigor in StudySync Register Now

Friday September 16, 2022

  • 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT Keep Calm & Observe On: Supporting Classroom Evaluation for Administrators Register Now

Monday September 19, 2022

  • 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT Resources for Professional Development and Support Register Now

Tuesday September 20, 2022

  • 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT Deeper Dive: Backwards Planning with Close Reading Register Now

Wednesday September 21, 2022

  • 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT Basic Training: How to Navigate Your New StudySync Account Register Now

Thursday September 22, 2022

  • 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM EDT ASSESS 101: Back to School Assessments Register Now

Monday September 26, 2022

  • 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT Spotlight Skills: Build a Solid Foundation in Any Standard Register Now

Tuesday September 27, 2022

  • 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT Your First 100 Days with StudySync: Year One Materials to Keep You Afloat Register Now

Wednesday September 28, 2022

  • 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT Use Write Precise to Keep Writing Feedback Efficient and Meaningful Register Now

Thursday September 29, 2022

  • 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT Accelerate with StudySync: Fast-Paced and Targeted Instructional Strategies Register Now

outings, classes, contests, grants, and additional pd


Here is the Fall Writing Workshop Schedule.


Get tickets for any of the following author talks/literary events here:

  • September 22, Barbara Fant, Mouths of Garden, 7-8pm
  • October 5, Cate Holahan, The Darkness of Others, 7-8pm
  • October 18, Sloane Crosley, Cult Classic, 7-8pm
  • October 21, Paranormal Investigator, James A. Wills, Strange and Spooky Tales, 7-8pm
  • October 29, Kids: Boos and Books (1-4pm)
  • October 29, Adults, Booze 'n' Books (5-7pm)
  • November 1, Hanif Abdurraqib, 7-8pm



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Every other week, local teens gather to write, create, and explore ways to get their stories on paper. Whether it's a passion, or just a hobby, Thurber House invites any student in grades 9-12 to join them for an opportunity to spend time with others who also like to write. With facilitator Frankie Diederich, they challenge students to take a different spin each week through exploratory exercises designed to inspire out-of-the box thinking. A portion of each session is set aside for young writers who would like to bring in their own writing to be reviewed and discussed by their peers in a creative and nurturing environment. Students who prefer not to bring in work take part by learning how to talk about writing in a constructive way while helping fellow writers improve their pieces.

-Sessions take place on select Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm. Young Writers' Studio is held at Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Ave, and simultaneously Zoomed for virtual participants. Each session is $15 and can be paid in advance by registering online. We also have a limited number of scholarships available for students who would like to attend.

  • Tuesday, September 13 from 6:30–8:30 pm ET

  • Tuesday, September 27 from 6:30–8:30 pm ET

  • Tuesday, October 11 from 6:30–8:30 pm ET

  • Tuesday, October 25 from 6:30–8:30 pm ET

  • Tuesday, November 8 from 6:30–8:30 pm ET

  • Tuesday, November 22 from 6:30–8:30 pm ET



Flip the Page: Central Ohio's Teen Literary Journal

Flip the Page is written, staffed, and produced by Central Ohio teens. The mission is to provide a showcase for the work of young local writers and offer opportunities to learn about submission, critique, editorial design, and publication. All accepted writers and artists receive a complimentary copy of the journal, which is sold on Amazon. Submissions are juried by a committee of teen writers from Thurber House's Young Writers' Studio (see above).

Submissions for the 2023 edition of Flip the Page will open in November 2022. Let your students know about it now so that they will be ready to submit once the site opens.
Writing Submission Guidelines

  • Must be a resident of Central Ohio (Franklin, Delaware, Union, Madison, Pickaway, Fairfield, or Licking counties)
  • Open to teens ages 13 to 19 years old
  • They are interested in short stories, poems, songs, essays, play excerpts, and especially humor pieces
  • Maximum of 800 words per piece
  • Limit of two entries per person
  • Accepted formats are Word documents and shareable Google documents

Independent Reading: The Buckeye Children’s and Teen Book Award

The Buckeye Children’s and Teen Book Award program is designed to encourage students in Ohio to read literature critically, to promote teacher and librarian involvement in young adult literature programs, and to commend authors of such literature. The 2022 Nominees have been chosen and voting has begun. Encourage your students to read the books so they can vote for their favorite. The site is also taking nominees for the 2023 Award.

For Grades 6-8

  • Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan
  • Ground Zero by Alan Gratz
  • Kaleidoscope by Brian Selznick
  • Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park
  • Taking Up Space by Alyson Gerber

The Teen Buckeye Book Award nominees (for grades 9-12)

  • Ashlords by Scott Reintgen
  • Loveless by Alice Oseman
  • Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam
  • Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco
  • The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

Independent Reading: Choose to Read Ohio

Choose to Read Ohio (CTRO) is a project of the State Library of Ohio and the Ohioana Library Association, in collaboration with the Ohio Center for the Book and Ohio’s libraries. CTRO encourages public libraries, schools, families, and others to build a community of readers and an appreciation of Ohio authors, illustrators, and literature. Explore Choose to Read Ohio resources & toolkits: Download the 2023 & 2024 booklist here.

Books for Adults

  • John “Derf” Backderf, Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio
  • Eliese Colette Goldbach, Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit
  • Kristen Lepionka, The Last Place You Look
  • Aimee Nezhukumatathil, World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments
  • Susan Orlean, The Library Book

Books for Teens

  • Harmony Becker, Himawari House
  • Mindy McGinnis, Heroine
  • Debbie Rigaud, Simone Breaks All the Rules
  • Phil Stamper, The Gravity of Us
  • Mildred D. Taylor, All the Days Past, All the Days to Come

Books for Tweens/Middle Grades

  • Jenn Bishop, Where We Used to Roam
  • Marcy Campbell, Rule of Threes
  • Ellen Klages, Out of Left Field
  • Shelley Pearsall, Things Seen from Above
  • Andrea Wang, The Many Meanings of Meilan
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Song for This Week: We Begin "Running Up That Hill" for SY 22-23
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Carla Mae Phillips

English 6-12 Curriculum Coordinator

Southland Center, Suite 125

Previous Newsletters available on the CCS ELA 6-12 Webpage.