Secondary English Weekly #6

VOLUME FIVE, ISSUE SIX /October 3-7, 2022

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Thurber House Pen and Tell It Registration Open (Grades 6-8)

Thurber House's Pen and Tell It! is back and in-person this November! Registration just opened. Classes are capped at 20 so it fills up quickly. All classes are stand-alone, one hour sessions. Tuition is $20 - $25. If students register for two or more classes, they’ll receive 10% off! Classes will take place at Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215.There are new themes and a lot of fun packed into each afternoon. INFO HERE. REGISTER HERE.

6th/7th/8th Grade Workshops

  • Larger Than Life, Sunday, November 6, 1:00-3:00 pm, Focus: Character Creation
  • Crazy Creatures and Weird Worlds, Sunday, November 13, 1:00-3:00 pm, Focus: Sci-fi Creatures
  • Fanfiction For All, Sunday, November 20, 1:00-3:00 pm, Focus: Plots, Worlds, and Art

Registration Open for The Standards Institute (Unbound Ed) Winter 2023

The Standards Institute™ happening February 6-10 in Anaheim, CA, is an immersive and transformative five-day in-person learning experience. Educators who attend the Standards Institute™ commit to adaptive change within themselves while enhancing equitable practices focused on GLEAM™ (grade-level, engaging, affirming, meaningful) instruction.

Register and Learn More HERE.

Upcoming Author Visits

Silas House Wednesday, October 19th, 7:00pm Gramercy Books Bexley

Celeste Ng Friday, Oct 28th, 7:00 PM Columbus College of Art and Design

Moriel Rothman-Zecher Wednesday, November 9th, 7:00pm Gramercy Books Bexley

Saeed Jones Tuesday, November 15th, 7:00pm Gramercy Books Bexley

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All Week:

  • BOY: I-Ready Window ends on 10-14 for Grade 9.

Monday October 3, 2022

Tuesday October 4, 2022

  • StudySync Webinar: 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM Differentiate for All Learners: Tools and Strategies for Students with IEPs Register Now
  • Ask-An Expert Session: 3:15-3:45

Wednesday October 5, 2022

Thursday October 6, 2022

Sunday, October 9, 2022

  • ODE: Deadline to apply for ELA 7 or 8 Content Advisory Committees Application
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The video above gives you an overview for Secondary English Curriculum. You can always find specific information and help for each of the adopted curriculum resources in thE "Curriculum Resources" section of every Secondary English Weekly Newsletter.

  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. (This is the where the lists of novels available for teacher use from the warehouse, the curriculum office, in StudySync, in Course Folders, are found.)

NOTE: Some Elective Courses will have single resource adoptions. You can see all courses with core resources for English 6-12 in the items linked below:

-Curriculum Guides: To access many curricular and district items, you must be logged into Google using your CCS credentials and not a personal account.

ONE-STOP SHOP: ELA 6-12 Webpage. Use the Quick Links on the landing page for easy navigation.

NEW TEACHERS: 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.

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WATCH THIS VIDEO: WritePrecise feature to see the new, easy-to-use, fully-integrated WritePrecise tool in StudySync. The tool has two unique components.

  • First, WritePrecise provides personalized, immediate feedback to students during the drafting process. Students have the opportunity to submit most core writing assignments (Write sections of Close Reads and Draft sections of Extended Writing Projects) for WritePrecise review one time and then can revise and refine that assignment in light of WritePrecise’s suggested feedback before submitting it to their teacher.
  • Second, WritePrecise offers teachers a time-saving scoring tool that suggests an evaluation of students’ writing during the grading process.Teachers save time with WritePrecise’s targeted, standards-aligned feedback for core assignments with suggested scoring designed for teachers to incorporate into their evaluations of students’ writing.
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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)

  1. CCS-Novels Available in the English 6-12 Curriculum Office A-L
  2. CCS-Novels Available in the English 6-12 Curriculum Office M-Z
  3. CCS Middle School Curriculum: Novels in Warehouse, Course Folder, or Adopted Resource
  4. CCS High School Curriculum: Novels in Warehouse, Course Folder, or Adopted Resource
  5. CCS English 6: Novels in Warehouse, Course Folder, or Adopted Resource
  6. CCS English 7: Novels in Warehouse, Course Folder, or Adopted Resource
  7. CCS English 8: Novels in Warehouse, Course Folder, or Adopted Resource
  8. CCS English 9: Novels in Warehouse, Course Folder, or Adopted Resource
  9. CCS English 10: Novels in Warehouse, Course Folder, or Adopted Resource
  10. CCS English 11: Novels in Warehouse, Course Folder, or Adopted Resource
  11. 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:
  1. Book Clubs & Reading Circles with TeachingBooks November 17 2pm
  2. 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.

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ODE is Seeking English language arts content advisers for ELA 7 & 8

The Ohio Department of Education currently is accepting applications for participants to serve on content advisory committees for English language arts grades 7 and 8. The purpose of these committees is to review and evaluate test questions and related test materials. To join one of these committees, complete this application. Apply by Oct. 9.


Below are the StudySync webinar offerings for September and October. 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.

Monday October 3, 2022
  • 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT Engagement Party: Ways to Keep Students Interacting Online and Off Register Now

Tuesday October 4, 2022

  • 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT Differentiate for All Learners: Tools and Strategies for Students with IEPs Register Now
  • Ask-An Expert Session: 3:15-3:45

Wednesday October 5, 2022

  • 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT Keep Reading Relevant: Teaching a Blast Lesson Register Now

Monday October 10, 2022

  • 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT How to Plan a StudySync Lesson Register Now

Tuesday October 11, 2022

  • 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT From Tweets to Tomes: How Students Write in StudySync Register Now

Wednesday October 12, 2022

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

Friday October 14, 2022

  • 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT Differentiate for All Learners: EL/ELL Development Resources Register Now

Monday October 17, 2022

  • 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT SyncStart Your Engines: Week One with StudySync Register Now

Wednesday October 19, 2022

  • 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT Basic Training: The Reading Routine - Reading & Rigor in StudySync Register Now
  • 4:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT Basic Training: Create and Grade Assignments Register Now

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Monday October 24, 2022

  • 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT How Administrators Can Best Utilize StudySync Register Now

more outings, classes, contests, grants, and additional pd


Words, Words, Words, the Folger Shakespeare Library Book Club, is pleased to announce the next book discussion – Shadowplay by Joseph O'Connor on Thursday, October 6 at 6:30pm.

Participation is free, but registration is required. Click below to reserve your spot. All discussions will be held in Zoom and instructions for accessing the conversation will be sent out on the Tuesday prior. We will also share the discussion questions, supplemental materials, and suggestions for sips and snacks in advance.Register for the discussion


WHAT IS AUTHORFEST? Each season Simon & Schuster partners with book festivals nationwide to present insightful panel discussions between celebrated authors.

WHO IS FEATURED? The Fall 2022 AuthorFest Event will feature New York Times bestselling authors John Irving and Jason Reynolds. Both legendary authors are famous for crafting thought-provoking stories about the expression of self-identity through explorations of race, class, and sexuality. The conversation will be moderated by Simon & Schuster's CEO, Jonathan Karp.

WHEN IS THE EVENT? Thursday October 13, 2022, 7:00 PM

Register HERE.


Panorama data for the 2021-2022 school year indicated about 41% of all CCS students in grades 3-12 possessed some level of Collective Student Efficacy (CSE). Another way of looking at the data is to say, “About 59% of our students do not feel confident in the level of work they can successfully complete.” Why don’t our students believe they can be successful? This virtual PD will begin with focusing on that question. By using real-time qualitative and quantitative BOY data, this PD on NOVEMBER 1st will delve into the CSE research from Hattie, Fisher, Frey & Clarke (2021) and give real research-proven best practices to increase Collective Student Efficacy in even the most challenging settings. SEE THIS FLYER for more information and to register.


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


The Ohio Middle Level Association is excited to host the 2022 annual state conference at the Hyatt Regency Columbus from November 10-11, 2022. Join them in Columbus as they celebrate their 50th Anniversary. Keynote speakers include Jon Gordon (The Energy Bus) and Jack Berckemeyer (Deliberate Optimism). With over 100 break-out sessions focusing on middle level education you don't want to miss it! To access the 2022 annual state conference website, please visit

NCTE ANNUAL CONVENTION Anaheim, CA | November 17 – 20, 2022

Thousands of literacy and language educators, with a variety of experiences, from a number of professional contexts, will all convene together this November for the 2022 edition of the Annual Convention. This year’s timely theme "¡Sueños! Pursuing the Light" is dedicated to collectively pursuing the light in and with each other. Save by registering today! Early Bird Registration is Open Through October 19th. Here are the Keynote Speakers.


Here is the Fall Writing Workshop Schedule.


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

  • 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



Executive Functions: Foundations for Self-Regulated Reading Nov. 9, 2022 | 5-6PM

Executive functions are self-regulatory thinking skills that help students manage their thoughts, emotions, and actions. These essential albeit often invisible skills play such a critical role in reading that when students have weak or disordered executive functions, it becomes patently obvious in the classroom. In this webinar, Kelly B. Cartwright explores how deficits in executive functions can have a direct impact on word reading and comprehension. Takeaways include

  • Basic information about executive functions and how they support self-regulated reading
  • Insights on how strengthening reading-related executive function processes improve reading achievement
  • Use-them-tomorrow instructional ideas and strategies for assessing and supporting students’ executive functions in the literacy classroom

Can't join live? Your registration includes on-demand access to the recording for six full months! REGISTER HERE. Cost: $29.00 for ILA members | $35.00 for nonmembers


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Wellspring of Imagination is an intensive poetry experience for high school students. Students will work with nationally known poets for 3 days, writing, editing, and practicing performance skills. The culmination of the program is an evening performance for families, friends and the community by the students/poets and the teachers at a private lodge in the Hocking Hills. Following the intensive workshop, the teachers will mentor the students for the next year. A book of their poems will then be published. The dates for Wellspring 2022 are November 3rd, 4th and 5th. Overnight accommodations and meals are provided.

If a student is interested, have them fill out this CONTACT FORM and use "Wellspring" as the Subject. In the Message section, they should include their interest in Wellspring, their grade, their school, and contact information. Please call or email Alan Cohen at 740 385 3918 or if you have any questions. You can visit the Wellspring site to lean more.

Upon acceptance, students will be sent a packet of materials including a list of what to bring, suggested poets/poems to read, a daily schedule, and a list of the rules. Students will be expected to find their own transportation to and from the event. The cost of this program is more than $700 per student, but generous supporters allow us to allow students to come for a nominal fee. All of the funding comes from donations. They ask each student to earn money to help defray the cost and demonstrate their desire to attend. They ask for $100 per student, but they will turn no one away for financial reasons. Some full scholarships are available. All participating students also will receive gifts of poetry books.

Poetry Out Loud Registration is OPEN!

-The registration is now open for the 2022-2023 Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest! Poetry Out Loud (POL) is a national arts education program for high school students that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition for students across the country.

-Columbus City Schools has the unique distinction of being the first district to have a school enter POL in its inaugural year in Ohio, 18 years ago, and of producing the first national winner. We have sent many students to the state contest and a few to the national contest.

-This POL teacher resource page is full of information about selecting poems and organizing school competitions. It also has lesson plans and judging tools.

-Schools can register here: OHIO POL REGISTRATION. The deadline to register your school is December 1. The deadline to complete your school recitation competition is January 29th. The regional competition will be Wednesday, Feb. 8th at Thurber Center in Columbus.

-Thurber House is also hosting a teacher workshop on Saturday, Oct. 22 (time to be determined) to give teachers the opportunity to ask questions and learn from those who have done this in the past. You can mail any questions about POL to Meg Brown at Thurber House (


Prompts are now available for the 2023 Achievement Awards in Writing and Promising Young Writers contests! NCTE encourages educators to share information on these school-based writing awards across the middle and secondary levels. The 2023 contests feature key changes to contest guidelines, eligibility, and scoring designations. Details are available on each contest’s webpage, and a breakdown of the changes can be found here.

Here are key dates for the 2023 contests:

  • November 2022: contest opens for submissions.
  • February 15, 2023: submission window closes.
  • May 2023: winners are announced.

Learn more about the Student Writing Awards today!



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, 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). Learn more here: Flip the Page Site.

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
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BOY: District Mandate: I-Ready Grade 9 Window 9/8-10/14.

i-Ready: In Secondary English, there is no expectation of use beyond the BOY and MOY. The pathways in i-Ready would not be Tier 1 instruction. They are automatically below grade level. Therefore, they should be treated as an intervention that students would do in addition to and not in place of Tier 1 instruction that uses StudySync or Bedford. Students could work on the pathways at home, in Core Enrichment, with tutors, in a College/Career Readiness course, etc. However, it should be noted that the adopted secondary intervention resource is Achieve3000 and it should be the go-to for secondary intervention.


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

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Song for This Week: Requested Song from the '50s

School Days. Chuck Berry. (1957)
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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.