Secondary English Weekly #4

VOLUME FIVE, ISSUE FOUR /September 19-23, 2022

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Participants will receive up to $850 stipend and CEUs are available. If you teach English 9 or English 10 at a high school in any Region, but especially Regions 2, 4, or 6, and have a commitment to improving students’ writing performances in the classroom and on the state writing assessments, please consider joining the research team. To participate fill out this form ASAP.

Money for the research participants comes from a grant that 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 will be to improve CCS students’ writing performances in the classroom and on the OST writing assessments by creating lessons with a dialogic approach to informative and argumentative writing, then integrating that work into StudySync to support teachers across the district. As a participant, you will be creating and trying out the writing supports. Data will be collected via interviews, recordings of class lessons, student scores, etc.


-FEATURED ARTICLE: Writing Every Day with StudySync: 3 Tips for the New School Year

StudySync makes it possible for your students to write everyday. It has a wide range of robust writing resources to incorporate this year. This article provides three tips for writing daily in your classroom.

-A NEW SCHOOL YEAR: Tips from StudySync Teachers

Whether you’re new to StudySync or have years of experience, advice from fellow educators can bring new information to light and provide tips for success. These suggestions will help you dive into StudySync’s resources this year and beyond.

-THE DAILY SYNC: A Different Approach

How do we stand out from the crowd? Learn, create, and connect with the newest Daily Sync. Enjoy free lessons for all educators that are easy to implement and guaranteed to engage your students.


Banned Books Week takes place September 18 through the 24, and the fight for free expression is as urgent as ever. Join NCTE in celebrating the freedom to read with the events listed below. Here are some NCTE's Banned Books Week resources. #NCTEBannedBooksWeek

-Fostering Empathy and Understanding for Others through Stories | Twitter Chat | September 18 | 8:00 p.m. NCTE member Zach Long will host the Twitter chat on intellectual freedom and "Fostering Empathy and Understanding for Others through Stories."

-This Story Matters: An Intellectual Freedom Discussion with NCTE Affiliates | Virtual | September 22 | 7:00–8:00 p.m. Join leadership from NCTE’s Standing Committee Against Censorship, members from across the country, a host of state and regional affiliates, and Penguin Random House Education during Banned Books Week to learn about the landscape of censorship challenges in the classroom.

-Edutopia Article: 25 Essential High School Reads from the Last Decade


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!


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


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.

AuthorFest Virtual Event

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.

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All Week:

  • Celebrate Banned Books Week!
  • BOY I-Ready Window is open all week and ends on 9-30 for Grades 6-8 and on 10-14 for Grade 9. There is no I-Ready for Grades 10-12.

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Monday September 19, 2022

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

Tuesday September 20, 2022

Wednesday September 21, 2022

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

Thursday September 22, 2022

Sunday September 25, 2022

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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.


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.

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 2:59 am, Monday, September 26, 2022. If you have any questions, email Sarah Miller at


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.

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

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

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


Registration now is open for “All Students Can Read,” an instructional series developed by the Ohio Department of Education to build the knowledge and skills of special educators in reading science. Participants will examine the research and theoretical models supporting reading science, assessment and instruction within a multi-tiered system of support, and develop reading profiles that support the instructional design to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities. District teams, including special education directors, members of individualized education program (IEP) teams (including intervention specialists, general education teachers and building administrators), school psychologists and speech language pathologists are invited to attend this five-part series.

For session details and registration information, please visit the All Students Can Read website. The first session is Oct. 6. Contact with questions.

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.


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


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



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 (



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 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). 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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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.

ONE-STOP SHOP: 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 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.

You can find specifics for each of these resources further down the page in this section.

  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)

  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. Community Partnerships with TeachingBooks September 29 2pm
  2. Early Childhood Resources from TeachingBooks October 13 2pm
  3. Book Clubs & Reading Circles with TeachingBooks November 17 2pm
  4. 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.


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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BOY: District Mandate: i-Ready Grades 6-8 Window 8/24- 9/30; I-Ready Grade 9 Window 9/8-10/14 (extension).

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Song for This Week: A Sing-Along Song (bah, bah, bah, so good, so good, so good)

Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline (Lyrics)
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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.