Secondary English Weekly #9

VOLUME FIVE, ISSUE NINE /October 24-28, 2022

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Call for Ohio Journal of English Language Arts (OJELA) Submissions

The editor of OJELA has opted to extend the current call for submissions for a month because she has not gotten the number of submissions needed to meet the high-quality standards that have been set for the journal (the journal was once again awarded NCTE's Affiliate Journal of Excellence recognition for 2022). See this Call for Proposals for more information. New deadline: Nov. 11, 2022.

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Sunday, October 23, 2022

Monday, October 24, 2022

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

  • Thurber House: Young Writers' Studio (9-12) 6:30–8:30 pm REGISTER HERE

Friday, October 28, 2022

Saturday, October 29, 2022

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Motivating Student Writing with StudySync

StudySync’s Word Study Lessons, grounded in the science of reading, offer a flexible intervention resource designed specifically for older students. Through Word Study instruction, students can learn to derive meaning from common word parts and patterns and use them to identify words that they encounter in grade-level texts.

  • Learn More about Word Study Here.
  • Explore the comprehensive Word Study Teacher Guide Here.
  • Visit the Word Study Lessons by clicking on the Skills Subtab in the StudySync Library, opening the filter, and selecting Foundational Skills. (See image below.)
  • Sign up for this upcoming Word Study Webinar on Monday, November 14, at 4pm.
  • As you know, the CCS Curriculum Maps (6-8; 9-12) recommend around 25 language lessons from StudySync per semester. These new WORD STUDY lessons can be used for this if you see a need for this kind of intervention since Word Study is part of the Academic Language component of the CCS Secondary Literacy Plan.

Building Writing Skills-Narrative How do you start a story that excites your readers? Try on StudySync’s approach to writing with this month’s narrative-focused resource to help your students as they write. Free Sample Lesson

Blast and Texts: Write the Right Word Explore pairing one of StudySync’s daily high-interest Blasts with a related reading from the Library! This month’s topics cover humor, art, writing, and more. Ready-to-go Plans

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Below are the StudySync webinar offerings for October and November. 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 24, 2022

  • 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT How Administrators Can Best Utilize StudySync Register Now
Friday, November 4, 2022
  • 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT Social Studies and Science Educators: Discover SyncBlasts Register Now

Monday, November 7, 2022

  • 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDTCustomize and Create Assessments to Fit Your Classroom Needs Register Now

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Friday, November 11, 2022

  • 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDTHow to Create Reports and Respond to Data in StudySync Register Now

Monday, November 14, 2022

  • 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT *NEW* Word Study Lessons Register Now
  • 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM EDT Explore the StudySync Library Register Now

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

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The video above gives you an overview for Secondary English Curriculum. Use the Quick Links on the landing page of the ELA 6-12 Webpage for easy navigation to English Curriculum items (Curriculum/Instructional Resources 6-8 Quick Link; Curriculum/Instructional Resources 9-12 Quick Link). To access many curricular and district items, you must be logged into Google using your CCS credentials and not a personal account.

Curriculum Maps & Folders:

Adopted Curriculum Resources:

You can see all courses with core resources for English 6-12 in the items linked below:

The TIER 1 Instructional Resources

The Tier II/Tier III
Intervention Resources and Courses
  • Achieve3000 (6-9) Achieve3000 Info Page The contact person for this resource is Sonja Dill.
  • Progress to Success (9-12) You can request copies by emailing Carla Mae Phillips.
  • Core Enrichment (6-8) This course can be used for Tiers II/III Intervention.
  • College/Career Ready Literacy (6-12) This course can be used for Tiers II/III Intervention.

Supplemental Resource
  • TeachingBooks is the where the lists of novels available for teacher use from the warehouse, the curriculum office, in StudySync, and in Course Folders, are found. TeachingBooks Info Page

Secondary Literacy Plan

  • The CCS Secondary Literacy Plan provides teaching strategies/PD (how to teach) that can be used with the texts/lessons from your adopted resources (what to teach) to address these components of the plan: Academic Language, Reading Comprehension, Writing Competency, and Classroom Discussion. It 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.
  • CCS Secondary Literacy Plan Info Page


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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The date has changed for the Poetry Out Loud High School Teacher Workshop and it has been moved online to Zoom to make it easier for more people to attend. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 6-7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join in on the Zoom to get more information. You do not have to have your high school registered to attend this informational meeting. You will get information about Poetry Out Loud and how to host the contest at your school. School winners go on to compete in regional/state/national competitions.

Read more about the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest in the Student Contest and Opportunities section of this newsletter.

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



Here is the Fall Writing Workshop Schedule.


Join the Ohio Department of Education for a virtual book study based on the book Academic Conversations by Jeff Zwiers and Marie Crawford. This book study is an opportunity for educators across disciplines and the state to collaborate, brainstorm and discuss ways to support students with academic talk. Registration is required to receive meeting link. Registration will close on Oct. 25 at 10 a.m..

Dates and Times: Oct. 26, 2022; 4:00 - 4:15 p.m., Nov. 9, 2022; 4:00- 5:15 p.m., Dec. 14, 2022; 4:00-5:15 p.m., Jan. 18, 2023; 4:00-5:15 p.m., Feb. 15, 2023; 4:00-5:15 p.m., Mar. 8, 2023; 4:00-5:15 p.m. Please email Teresa Castellaneta with questions:


A ceremony celebrating the 2022 categories winners will happen on October 26th at the Ohio Statehouse. If you want to attend, make your reservation now for a night of fun and food celebrating Ohio literature. Here is a list of all of the winners:

Fiction: Anthony Doerr, Cloud Cuckoo Land

Nonfiction: Hanif Abdurraqib, A Little Devil in America

About Ohio or an Ohioan: Brian Alexander, The Hospital

Poetry: Felicia Zamora, I Always Carry My Bones

Middle Grade / Young Adult: Jasmine Warga, The Shape of Thunder

Juvenile Literature: Andrea Wang, Watercress

Reader's Choice: Manuel Iris, The Parting Present / Lo que se irá

Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant: Louise Ling Edwards


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.


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

  • October 29, Kids: Boos and Books (1-4pm)
  • October 29, Adults, Booze 'n' Books (5-7pm)
  • November 1, Hanif Abdurraqib, 7-8pm


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

Ross Gay/Hanif Abdurraqib Tuesday, November 29, 7:00pm Gramercy Books Bexley


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.


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.


OCTELA 2023 will be held on February 24 and 25, 2023 at DoubleTree Hotel Columbus-Worthington. Registration Coming Soon! Featured Speakers | FAQ

If you have an idea for a session, you can read the Call for Proposals and Submit a Proposal here.


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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, 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


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, November 2nd from 6-7pm via Zoom (Meeting ID: 829 6247 3033; Passcode: 550383) 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 (

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


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.


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


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!

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: Midwest Region Writing Deadline is December 1

Students in Grades 7-12 (age 13 and up) can watch this video and see the steps below for how to enter the Scholastic Writing Awards. The Midwest Region deadline is December 1st. Visit HERE for more information.


Both students and educators can create an account using our online registration system. This is where you’ll find your school and enter your work.


Don’t forget to seek feedback from educators, family, and friends and edit your work.

Be sure to select the category that best represents your work. VIEW CATEGORIES


Entry fees are $10 per individual entry and $30 per portfolio. If the entry fee is a barrier to your participation in the Awards, we will waive the fee when you submit a Fee Waiver Form.

The Scholastic Awards open for entries in September and deadlines vary between December and January, depending on your region. Curious about your region’s deadline? FIND YOUR REGION

Visit our online galleries to see works from past National Medalists. VISIT THE GALLERY

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Carla Mae Phillips

English 6-12 Curriculum Coordinator

Southland Center, Suite 125

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