Secondary English Weekly #5
VOLUME FIVE, ISSUE FIVE /September 26-30, 2022
WritePRECISE: NEW STUDYSYNC WRITING FEATURE
- 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.
Sign up for the “Use WritePrecise to Keep Writing Feedback Efficient and Meaningful” Webinar on September 28th at 4:00 p.m. to learn more.
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 section of this and every Secondary English Weekly Newsletter.
- 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).
- The Tier II/Tier III Intervention Resource is Achieve3000. The contact person for this resource is Sonja Dill.
- 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:
- Course Resource Spreadsheet with Visuals and
- CCS Adopted, Supplemental, and Intervention Resources List.
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.
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Ohio Middle Level Association Annual State Conference
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 https://www.ohiomla.org/2022-annual-conference.
- BOY: I-Ready Window ends this Friday for Grades 6-8 and on 10-14 for Grade 9. There is no I-Ready for Grades 10-12.
Sunday September 25, 2022
- NCTE: Deadline to complete the Book giveaway form is 2:59 AM (Monday, 9-26)
Monday September 26, 2022
- StudySync Webinar: 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT Spotlight Skills: Build a Solid Foundation in Any Standard Register Now
- Thurber House: Adult Writing Workshop | Write What You Know In Fiction 6:00-8:00 PM
Tuesday September 27, 2022
- StudySync Webinar: 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT Your First 100 Days with StudySync: Year One Materials to Keep You Afloat Register Now
- Thurber House: Young Writers' Studio for Grades 9-12, 6:30–8:30 pm ET REGISTER HERE
Wednesday September 28, 2022
- StudySync Webinar: 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT Use Write Precise (NEW FEATURE) to Keep Writing Feedback Efficient and Meaningful Register Now
Thursday September 29, 2022
- TeachingBooks Webinar: Community Partnerships with TeachingBooks 2pm-2:20pm
- StudySync Webinar: 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT Accelerate with StudySync: Fast-Paced and Targeted Instructional Strategies Register Now
MORE OPENINGS FOR TEACHERS TO BE PART OF A PAID OSU RESEARCH STUDY ON WRITING
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 or 4, 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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
NEW TEACHERS or Teachers NEW TO SECONDARY ENGLISH
STUDYSYNC: SEPTEMBER & OCTObER LIVE WEBINAR & ASK-AN-EXPERT SESSIONS
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 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
- 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
- Ask-An Expert Session: 3:15-3:45
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
ODE SPECIAL EDUCATOR LEARNING SERIES
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 ComprehensiveLiteracy@education.ohio.gov with questions.
FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION
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
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
CCS COLLECTIVE STUDENT EFFICACY BOOK CLUB
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
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.
THURBER HOUSE ADULT WRITING WORKSHOPS
Here is the Fall Writing Workshop Schedule.
- Adult Writing Workshop | Write What You Know In Fiction MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2022, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM, IN-PERSON AT THURBER CENTER OR VIRTUAL ON ZOOM
- Adult Writing Workshops | Tips For Creating Authentic Characters MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2022, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM, IN-PERSON AT THURBER CENTER OR VIRTUAL ON ZOOM
- Adult Writing Workshops | Go Rogue: Plotzing About Plot THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2022,
- Adult Writing Workshop | From Hook to Resolution: Writing a Short Story MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2022, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM, IN-PERSON AT THURBER CENTER OR VIRTUAL ON ZOOM
- Adult Writing Workshop | Go Rogue: Graphic Novel And Comics THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2022, 6:00 PM 7:30 PM, IN-PERSON AT THURBER CENTER OR VIRTUAL ON ZOOM
- Adult Writing Workshop | Writing Believable Dialogue MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2022, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM, IN-PERSON AT THURBER CENTER OR VIRTUAL ON ZOOM
- Adult Writing Workshop | Woo Your Muse: Reclaiming Your Pre-Pandemic Mojo and Jumpstarting Your Writing Practice MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2022, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM, VIRTUAL ON ZOOM
- Adult Writing Workshop | Here’s the Pitch: Successfully Sell Freelance Articles to Editors MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2022, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM, IN-PERSON AT THURBER CENTER OR VIRTUAL ON ZOOM
- Adult Writing Workshop | From Memories To Memoir MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2022, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM, IN-PERSON AT THURBER CENTER OR VIRTUAL ON ZOOM
- Adult Writing Workshop | So You Want to Write Middle Grade or Young Adult Fiction MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2022, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM, VIRTUAL ON ZOOM
- Adult Writing Workshop | Revision: Approach It Like Triage, MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2022, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM, VIRTUAL ON ZOOM
THURBER HOUSE LITERARY ARTS SEASON
Get tickets for any of the following author talks/literary events here: https://www.thurberhouse.org/fall-2022-events.
- 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
COLUMBUS METROPOLITAN LIBRARY CARNEGIE AUTHOR SERIES
- Sunday, Oct. 23 | 2 p.m. Rumaan Alam, author of Leave the World Behind Registration details will be released in the weeks leading up to this program on the Special Events page.
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
WELLSPRING OF IMAGINATION HS STUDENT POETRY OPPORTUNITY
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (email@example.com).
NCTE WRITING AWARDS-DATES ANNOUNCED
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!
THURBER HOUSE YOUNG WRITERS' STUDIO-GRADES 9-12
YOUNG WRITERS’ STUDIO FALL 2022
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
THURBER HOUSE FLIP THE PAGE SUBMISSIONS
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
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: ELA 6-12 Webpage. Use the Quick Links on the landing page for easy navigation.
-Curriculum Guides: To access many curricular and district items, you must be logged into Google using your CCS credentials and not a personal account.
- Curriculum/Instructional Resources 6-8 Quick Link on the ELA 6-12 Webpage or
- Middle School Curriculum Google Doc
- Curriculum/Instructional Resources 9-12 Quick Link on the ELA 6-12 Webpage or
- High School Curriculum Google Doc
-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.
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 http://clever.com/in/columbuscity. 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: https://my.mheducation.com, 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
- FREE PD: Weekly FREE Webinars Several Available Each Week
- Ask-An Expert Sessions: Oct. 4 3:15-3:45, Oct. 20 3:15-3:45, Nov. 8 3:15-3:45, Nov. 22 3:15-3:45, Dec. 12 3:15-3:45, Dec. 20 3:15-3:45
- Help Center: Finding the Help Center in StudySync (video): You can find self-paced Training in the Help Center and teaching videos.
- Tutorials & Trainings: StudySync Tutorials (Some of the most popular tutorials)
- CCS Trainings: StudySync Trainings (Recorded CCS StudySync trainings from 2020 and 2021)
- Errors: If you notice an error in a StudySync assignment, send an email to Carla Mae firstname.lastname@example.org. She will let both McGraw Hill and StudySync know so that they can make corrections.
- Mailing List: For the latest information at StudySync, sign up for the SyncUP monthly newsletter. Opt-in here: studysync.com/subscribe
- Coaches Community: Become a Member. Anyone who mentors StudySync teachers is invited to participate—from instructional coaches and teachers on special assignments to lead teachers and curriculum coordinators and administrators.
- Curriculum Support Videos: Video-Using the Curriculum Maps with StudySync, Video-StudySync is Your Adopted Curriculum Resource, Not Your "Program", Video-Close Reading of Complex, Grade-Level Texts: Research & Practice, Video-StudySync and Vocabulary Acquisition
BEDFORD/LAUNCHPAD: ACCESS, SUPPORT, TRAINING, AND TUTORIALS
Bedford/Launchpad (Tier 1 Adopted Resource for Honors and AP)
Access: To get to Launchpad through Clever http://clever.com/in/columbuscity, click the Launchpad icon and click on the name of class/textbook. This gives you access to the text online and resources. To get hard copies of the text, order them from the CCS Warehouse.
Support: HELP CENTER FORM: https://macmillan.force.com/bfwhighschool/s/
- Trainings & Tutorials: Bedford Overviews, Slideshows, Trainings, and Tutorials
- Curriculum Support Videos: Video-Using the Honors Curriculum Maps with Launchpad, Video-Using AP Pacing Guides with Launchpad
TEACHINGBOOKS: ACCESS AND USE
TeachingBooks (Supplemental Resource)
- Access via the Clever icon or http://clever.com/in/columbuscity. Click on the TeachingBooks icon. You may also go directly to TeachingBooks.net on a CCS Computer. Log in with your CCS email credentials.
- Novel Lists: This is the tool that houses the lists of novels we have in the warehouse and in the Secondary English Curriculum Office. Use this document TEACHINGBOOKS: ACCESSING COLUMBUS CITY SCHOOLS’ NOVEL LISTS and/or this video TeachingBooks Tutorial to learn how to access the CCS book lists.
- 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:
- 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
- Recorded Trainings : October 16th PD Session for CCS: Virtual and Blending Learning Recording, February 3rd PD Session for CCS: Booklists, Virtual Ideas, and More on TeachingBooks
- Highlight: Explore all TeachingBooks in Action posts
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.
CCS SECONDARY LITERACY PLAN
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.
- CCS Secondary Literacy Plan
- Ohio’s Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement-FULL DOCUMENT
- Ohio’s Plan-Adolescent Literacy Based on Simple View of Reading-SECONDARY SECTION
- SHANAHAN ON LITERACY (site with innumerable resources, blogs, publications, etc.)
- Don't Confuse Reading Comprehension and Learning to Read -- Rereading (recent lit. blog)
- What Is Disciplinary Literacy? (Annenberg Learner -20 Self-Paced Modules for PD on Reading & Writing in the Disciplines)
Vocabulary: Vocabulary and Literacy Guiding Document/Activities/Lists (LETRS Workshop), Critical Vocabulary of the Standards, Essential Academic Words, Morphology Lists, Common Content Roots & Affixes, Core Vocabulary Grade Lists (Used by Ohio Department of Education)
Morphology Activities/Collections: https://www.vocabularyroots.com/home/, https://www.vocabulary.com/lists/morphology-and-roots/
WordGen Weekly (Free Middle School Intermediate Vocabulary Program)
Academic and Signal Words: Generative Sentences, Word Study, Transitional Words and Phrases, Connectives Chart
Grammar Guides/Activities Online: Juicy Sentence Guidance, Working with Mentor Sentences, https://owl.purdue.edu/owl_exercises/index.html, https://www.noredink.com/curriculum/
Fluency: Reading Fluency Chart Grades 1-8, Ohio Literacy Alliance High School Fluency Protocols, Fluency Intervention, Building Fluency Guide
Before/During/After Reading Guides & Scaffolds: Literacy Template (from Mike Schmoker’s Focus), Scaffolding Complex Text, Quarter Turns, Strategies for Supporting Readers
Comprehension Strategies: 39 Strategies for Accessing Complex Text
Questioning: Text-Dependent, Anti-Bias Text-Dependent
Close Reading: Close Reading Guide, Close Reading Annotation Guide, Unlocking Informational Texts, A Close Look at Close Reading, Juicy Sentence Guidance, Working with Mentor Sentences
Socratic Seminar, Scored Discussion, 20 Discussion Protocols, Speech Rubric, Speech Rubric Persuasion, Presentation Rubric
CCS 2022 PD Days
BOY LINKS/DOCS/INFO FOR I-READY
BOY: District Mandate: i-Ready Grades 6-8 Window 8/24- 9/30; I-Ready Grade 9 Window 9/8-10/14 (extension).
Courses Taking the i-Ready BOY: English 6, 7, 8, 9 and Humanities 9
Directions for Accessing the digital Course for Getting Started with the Diagnostic
How to Use the Diagnostic Status Report as a Teacher (video)
i-Ready Middle School Slides (open with PPT)
Learning Paths are NOT Tier 1 Instruction and should ONLY be used as an intervention outside of the classroom.
Song for This Week: "Life's Been Good" A New Take on a Song with Columbus Connections and The Original
Carla Mae Phillips
Southland Center, Suite 125
Previous Newsletters available on the CCS ELA 6-12 Webpage.