Secondary English Weekly #28


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Monday, April 26

  • StudySync Webinar: Keep Calm & Observe On: Supporting Teacher Evaluation with StudySync 4-4:30pm Register
  • Thurber House Adult Writing Class: Starting Again After Writing Burnout, 6:00 – 8:00pm Register
Tuesday, April 27
  • StudySync Webinar End of Year Test Prep 7-7:30PM Register
  • Thurber House Young Writer's Studio (High School Students) 6:30-8pm Register

Wednesday, April 28
  • StudySync Webinar Basic Training: How to Create and Grade Assignments 4-4:30PM Register
  • Gramercy Books Event: Katilyn Greenidge (Libertie) April 28, 7pm Get Tickets

Thursday, April 29

Friday, April 30

Saturday, May 1


If you have not yet had your students log into StudySync since the break, do so ASAP!

Over the break, some updates to student information rostered in StudySync were made by McGraw Hill/StudySync. In order for that information to be activated for CCS, all students must sign into StudySync. The act of logging in is enough for the updates to go live.

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2021 Children’s Day, Book Day-APRIL 30TH

Founded by author and poet Pat Mora, Children’s Day, Book Day is a year-long commitment celebrating the importance of bookjoy. It was inspired by the Mexican traditional holiday El día del niño (the day of the child). Pat Mora thought, “We have Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. We need kids’ day too, but I want to connect all children with bookjoy, the pleasure of reading.” Join NCTE and Pat Mora on April 30 for a 30-minute session, beginning at 1:30 p.m., designed to inspire children and adults alike to embrace the joy of books. The event is designed to welcome full classrooms, as well as individuals of all ages. NCTE offers this event to all, regardless of current membership in NCTE, and acknowledges the generosity of Pat Mora’s time and energy. The 30-minute event will include:

  • An introduction to the event
  • A reading from Pat Mora
  • A classroom example using Pat Mora’s poetry
  • An interactive activity for students and classes

A certificate of attendance can be requested. Registration


Build your book knowledge and your classroom library with two upcoming Build Your Stack® virtual events. These events are free and open to the public. Advance registration is required.

-Build Your Stack® with Award-Winning Authors

Monday, May 3, 7–8:30 p.m. REGISTER NOW

-Build Your Stack® with the Best Books of the 2020-2021 School Year

Tuesday, June 15, 7–8:30 p.m. REGISTER NOW

This event will include whole-group portions and breakout group presentations by grade level (Elementary, Middle, and High School). More details will be available soon!

Webinar on Engaging Reading Strategies on April 29

Rising to the Engagement Challenge: Inspiring Reading Strategies to Offset Learning Loss

Looking for an antidote for online learning burnout? This Webinar will explore high-impact reading strategies to re-energize students and bring joy back into the classroom.

  • Research-backed approaches to build readers’ knowledge
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies that engage all students
  • Scaffolds that boost the confidence of all learners

Thursday, April 29, 2021, 2-3 p.m. Can’t attend? Register anyway for a recording and resources on Culturally Responsive Teaching and Knowledge-Building.

Free Book Launch Event: Espionage and Enslavement in the Revolution

Join Raynham Hall Museum on April 30th from 7-8pm to celebrate the release of Espionage and Enslavement in the Revolution: The True Story of Robert Townsend and Elizabeth by Claire Bellerjeau and Tiffany Yecke Brooks, which introduces Elizabeth (Liss), an enslaved African American woman born in Oyster Bay in the house of Samuel Townsend. At the height of the Revolutionary War, just before Robert Townsend took on the role as lead spy “Culper, Jr.” in New York City, Liss escaped with the British regiment commanded by Colonel John Graves Simcoe. After the war she was cruelly sold south to Charleston, leaving behind a small child she had little hope of ever seeing again. She had no idea that Robert Townsend would locate her, safeguard her child, and return her to New York—nor how her story would help turn one of America’s first spies into an early abolitionist. As Robert and Elizabeth’s story unfolds, prominent figures from history cross their path, including Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Jupiter Hammon, Benedict Arnold, John André, and John Adams, as well as participants in the Boston Massacre, the Sons of Liberty, the Battle of Long Island, Franklin’s Paris negotiations, and the Benedict Arnold treason plot. Register Here.

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  • A Quick Search of the StudySync Library (filtered for POETRY) will bring up 247 texts. Think about how you can celebrate National Poetry Month using StudySync in your classroom.


The East Asian Studies Center at The Ohio State University is excited to announce a new self-paced, asynchronous workshop, SIJO (Korean Poetry) for teachers and the Ohio Sijo Student Competition for K-12 students. If students are new to SIJO there are materials available to help them learn about and write Sijo poetry. (See "Student Opportunities" section for more information about the student contest.)

Feb – May 1, 2021: “Sijo (Korean Poetry) Workshop”

  • Who: Any educator in any state (pre-service and in-service teachers, librarians, administrators, others)
  • Where: Online
  • When: Self-paced, asynchronous (2 contact hours), Deadline May 1, 2021
  • What: Teachers will learn about the history and structure of Sijo (Korean Poetry) and how to teach it to their students through online lectures, presentations, examples, and teaching materials. Information about the 2021 Ohio Sijo Competition will be included as well.
  • Website: Sijo Teacher Workshop
  • Registration (required): online link
  • Flyer: Sijo Teacher Workshop 2021


The East Asian Studies Center at The Ohio State University is excited to announce the Ohio Sijo Student Competition for K-12 students and a new self-paced, asynchronous workshop, SIJO (Korean Poetry) for teachers. If students are new to SIJO there are materials available to help them learn about and write Sijo poetry. (See "Teacher Opportunities" section for more information on the teacher self-paced workshop.)

Feb – May 1, 2021: “Ohio Sijo (Korean Poetry) Student Competition”


Here are some Poetry Resource Highlights from TeachingBooks.


Celebrate National Poetry Month during April with NCTE resources:

  • Amanda Gorman's Five Tips on Writing Poetry
  • Discussion Guide for Amanda Gorman's "The Hill We Climb"
  • Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature Listen to audio-recorded readings of former Consultants in Poetry, including Elizabeth Bishop, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Robert Frost; Nobel Laureates Mario Vargas Llosa and Czeslaw Milosz; and renowned writers such as Ray Bradbury, Margaret Atwood, and Kurt Vonnegut, all reading from their work at the Library of Congress. The Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature at the Library of Congress dates back to 1943 and contains nearly 2,000 recordings of writers participating in literary events. Each April, the Library adds 50 newly digitized recordings to the online collection as part of National Poetry Month.
  • Poetry of America Learn about this collection of field recordings by a wide range of award-winning contemporary poets. Each poet reads a singular American poem of their choosing, and also speaks to how the poem connects to, deepens, or reimagines our sense of the nation. The feature includes a print version of the poem to complement the recording, as well as a piece by the participating poet.


Each April, the Academy offers activities, initiatives, and resources so that anyone can join in online and at home and—hopefully—find comfort, resilience, and connection throughout the month of April and beyond:

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Our CCS Partner, TeachingBooks, sent a few boxes of newer novels to Southland Center. They are located in the main area behind the welcome desk. They are free to anyone who wants to add some newer titles to their classroom library for student choice reading. There are some adult titles, some young adult titles, and many middle school titles. In addition, some older Read180 books are available on the same table. Feel free to stop by Southland Center (3700 South High Street) to pick up a few books for your classroom.

THE EAST ASIAN STUDIES CENTER AT THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY is pleased to offer free opportunities for K-12 teachers in Summer 2021. These seminars fill quickly, so register early.

JULY 12-23, 2021: NCTA “The Journey of East Asia: Adventures Through Stories, Games, and Maps”

JUNE 7-18, 2021: Global Teacher Seminar: “Global Social Justice, Activism, and Protests”


Little Steven’s Virtual Classroom Tour brings the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer into classrooms nationwide. It’s a chance for Steven and the TeachRock staff to see the TeachRock Lessons in action, and an opportunity for students to ask Steven anything. Little Steven is Zooming into one classroom per week for the remainder of the 2021 school year, and your classroom could be next! If you'd like a virtual classroom visit from TeachRock founder Steven Van Zandt record a video that includes:

  • -Your name, your school name and location, what grades and subjects you teach
  • -What TeachRock lessons you've used this year and how your students responded
  • -Why you'd like Stevie to visit your class, and what you think your students might gain from the experience

Submit the video via FLIPGRID using password TeachRock2021. Before submitting, please make sure that a virtual visit is permitted by your building. Portions of videos may be shared on social media, but they will never share anything that violates the privacy of your students. Videos must be submitted by May 5, winners will be announced on May 7. Here is a sampling of some of the classroom visits from Little Steven's Virtual Classroom Tour that have already happened.


Monday, May 10, 2021, 7:30 p.m. Each year, the Folger Poetry Board, supporters of the O.B Hardison Poetry series, selects a distinguished poet to share their favorite poems from other poets and to read from their own work. This year's Folger Poetry Board reader is Billy Collins, named “the most popular poet in America” by The New York Times and a former United States Poet Laureate. He is the author of several volumes of poetry, most recently The Rain in Portugal, and his many honors and awards include the Poetry Foundation’s Mark Twain Award for Humor in Poetry. Learn more

You will need a Folger account to access this virtual event. If you do not have an existing account, please register during checkout or contact the box office at 202.544.7077.

To Register:

  • Follow this link to visit the event page for Early Registration Access.
  • Enter the promo code FSLMBR21 in the box in the upper right-hand corner and click "Submit." You will then be able to reserve your space. The registration is only open for early access with the code and not open to general public yet.
  • Click "Continue" and proceed to checkout to complete your reservation.


The final course meetings for this school year will happen on TUESDAY, May 11th. If you have ever wanted to talk to other English teachers in the district about teaching ideas for the course(s) you instruct, now is your chance to join a Zoom session to

  • see how they are making the most of our adopted resources (e. g. StudySync) to maximize student learning,
  • show teaching ideas that have worked well this year,
  • ask other colleagues how they are handling something you want to try, etc.

There is no set agenda for these meetings, so bring your ideas to share. Links will be shared the week of the meetings.


After rescheduling, the Ohio Middle Level Association is pleased to announce that its 2020 annual state conference will be held on May 6-7, 2021 at the Kalahari Convention Center in Sandusky. COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed at the event. The theme for this year’s convening of educators who serve adolescents between the ages of 10-15 is “Vision 2020: Inspiring and Empowering Middle Level Students.” Learn more and register on the conference information page.


Thurber House Online Adult Writing Workshops and Master Classes cover a variety of topics and are designed for adults (18+) of all levels of writing experience.

Click to Register for Any of the Sessions Below

  • Starting Again After Writing Burnout, Monday, April 26 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Instructor: Brooke Preston Learn More
  • Mining Memories, Making Stories, Monday, May 3 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Instructor: Lisa Lopez Snyder Learn More
  • Go Rogue! Poetry Writing & the Power of the Specific, Thursday, May 6 | 6:00 – 7:00 pm, Instructor: Katherine Matthews Learn More
  • Making Memories: Infuse Your Fiction and Nonfiction with Context, Monday, May 10 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Instructor: Tracy Lawson Learn More
  • Commit to Submit!, Monday, May 17 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Instructor: Lisa Lopez Snyder Learn More
  • Go Rogue! Short Story Writing & Setting the Scene, Thursday, May 20 | 6:00 – 7:00 pm, Instructor: Katherine Matthews Learn More
  • Poetry Boot Camp, Monday, May 24 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Instructor: Scott Woods Learn More


The OSU College of Education and Human Ecology is offering its inaugural Summer Institute from June 1-July 16. The theme is "Teaching Beyond the COVID-19 Era: Rebuilding for the Future" and is open to K-12 educators. Topics covered will include teaching for equity and social justice, teacher wellness, and much more. Registration will be open in May. Sign Up HERE and check the Summer Institute bus to receive more information.


Recognizing the extraordinary challenges teachers face, the Bonnie Chambers Grant Committee will award a one-time $2,000.00 grant to purchase books for K-6 students in an Ohio public school building.

This Bonnie Chambers Grant is designed to help teachers who strongly promote the use of quality literature in their classrooms. Teachers will use the grant money to select and purchase their own book choices (fiction or non-fiction) dealing with understanding and coping with COVID, racism and equality issues, and/or mental health issues for children and their families.

Application Criteria

  • This grant is open to any* Ohio public school teacher(s) in grades K-6 who demonstrates a need for money in the purchasing of classroom books for their elementary building.
  • If a group of teachers apply, one teacher will apply on behalf of the building and serve as the contact teacher.
  • Need can be demonstrated through free-lunch ratios, recent school-levy results, extraordinary events, etc.

Applications for the 2021 Bonnie Chambers Grants are available and due by December 31, 2021. Visit the Bonnie Chambers Grant page for more information:


Andy Chow with Ohio Public Radio/TV would like to start a speaking/outreach program where he and his colleague talk to high school students about the career possibilities in journalism and broadcasting. They would visit your classes (virtually) to talk about the careers and answer any questions. If you are interested in this, please reach out to Andy at


The Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts sessions from OCTELA 21 are available at their site for members of OCTELA who registered for the conference. Visit the CONFERENCE PORTAL to access the recordings.


The Ohio Department of Education is offering all content from the Ohio Literacy Academy 2021 to all Ohio educators. Visit the Ohio Literacy Academy 2021 page to learn more about the content offerings, access videos, see the viewing guides, and take note of further content to be added in March and May. This Vimeo site: Ohio Literacy Academy 2021 on-demand videos has over 35 sessions that you can view. Districts, schools, and early childhood education programs are encouraged to use these resources as part of a comprehensive professional learning plan. Here are the sessions that were included in the 6-12 and multi-age bands:


Here is the line-up for the upcoming author events at Gramercy Books on Main Street in Bexley.


Here is the rest of the supurb line-up for this season.

  • Lisa Wingate (Before We Were Yours), August 29, 2pm
  • Wil Haygood (Tigerland), October 7, 7pm; Remember this is the book about East High School. You could plan to read it at the beginning of next school year and have your students attend his author talk.
  • Brit Bennett (The Vanishing Half) December 5, 2pm


The Department of Education is partnering with the ESC of Central Ohio to continue the Reading Interventions in the Digital Environment learning series. Please be sure to register early for this sessions as it will fill up quickly. Visit the Resources page to find the schedule and links for other upcoming English Language Arts and Literacy Virtual Meetups and additional resources.

  • Reading Interventions in the Digital Environment - Intensive Decoding (PreK-8) Michelle Elia will spotlight the best strategies and resources to use when providing intensive literacy interventions in a small group virtual setting that are designed to help students improve their decoding skills on May 19, 3:45 - 5 p.m. This special edition of the Reading Interventions in the Digital Environment series was created especially for educators supporting students in grades PreK-8 who are having difficulty mastering decoding. Registration for this event is open until May 18. Registrants will receive a ZOOM link the morning of the session.


View the FREE Webinars here.

-Highlighted Session Learning Happens When Students Question Monday, May 10, 2021 - 3:30pm, Presented by Jackie Walsh


Join ASCD for the 2021 Annual Conference: Empowered and Connected from June 23–25, and be inspired by these speakers. Register Today

Vijay Gupta, who shares his vision for transformative community engagement in the form of musical keynote lectures, is an esteemed musician and thought leader serving to create spaces of belonging, healing, and wholeness through music.

Ruby Bridges, born in Mississippi the same year the United States Supreme Court handed down its landmark decision ordering the integration of public schools, is a civil rights activist who, at the age of six, was the first Black student to integrate an all-white elementary school in New Orleans.

Mari Copeny, whose activism has led her to meet President Obama, President Bill Clinton, and a host of other politicians, gives voice to the unheard hardships of Americans trapped by a collapsing and toxic infrastructure.


You’ve been on the frontlines for a year, protecting the growth and development of our future generations. And yet, as we begin to see glimpses of normalcy, we’re reminded our work to rebuild with equity continues. You are invited to join UnBound Ed this summer for a two-day professional development event where expert facilitators guide you to produce meaningful, engaging in-person and virtual classroom experiences. You have your choice of dates: June 15-16, June 23-24, June 29-30, July 28-29, or August 3-4. The Summit runs from 11am-5:30pm each day. Visit the registration page for more on the learning pathways, early registration pricing, and schedule, including the full keynote lineup featuring Dr. Alfred Tatum on day two. Register Now. Day 1 Keynote: Lacey Robinson President & CEO, UnboundEd; Day 2 Keynote: Dr. Alfred Tatum Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Metropolitan State University of Denver.


DBQ is currently a supplemental resource for secondary ELA. This summer DBQ Project will offer opportunities for dynamic teachers to become official DBQ Lead Teachers! This PDF has all the information as well as the registration links. There are several dates for you to choose from: June 22-25, July 13-16, July 20-23, or August 3-6. CCS will be limited 10 teachers that either teach social studies or English. The cost is free. The commitment is 4 days, 3 hour "live" sessions followed by one hour of independent coursework required each afternoon.


Join Doug Fisher, Nancy Frey, and Nicole Law at the Virtual Reading Comprehension Institute on June 21-25, 2021 from 12-4 PM for a deep dive into evidence-based reading instruction that provides a structured framework developed to teach the foundational skills of reading while developing the motivation and critical reasoning students need to become lifelong readers. Here is the lineup of sessions:

  • What Does It Mean to Comprehend a Text?
  • What Instructional Strategies Promote Students’ Comprehension of Text?
  • What Should Be the Next Steps for Students Who Struggle to Comprehend?
  • Writers Read Better
  • Writers Read Better Part 2

Cost: $299. Learn More/Register Here.


AMLE will host an Institute for Middle Level Leadership July 11-14 at Renaissance Orlando at Sea World in Florida. In addition to providing unparalleled training for middle school leaders and teams, the Institute will also be an opportunity for educators to reflect and grow from this past year’s challenges and look to the future. Registration is open! Space will be limited due to social distancing, to save your spot get your name on the list today. Reserve your Spot.

In addition to providing world-class faculty who will provide personalized coaching on the most pressing topics in middle school education, this Institute will be a unique opportunity for attendees to receive in-depth training on AMLE’s newly updated foundational text, The Successful Middle School: This We Believe.


HERE is the contest to win $500 in Books.

HERE is the grant opportunity to win $1,000 in Books

Save $20 NOW at - Use code SPRING2021 ($350 min. order, expires 04/30/2021)


HERE are the highlighted contests and giveaways for APRIL 2021.


HERE are the highlighted contests and giveaways.

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Columbus Metropolitan Library is celebrating Teen Poetry Month and National Library Week the entire month of April and you and your students are invited to enter the Teen Poetry Contest (Grades 6-12, ages 12-17, submit an original poem) to honor National Poetry Month, and/or submit a video/written submissions in support of National Library Week with the theme “Why I Love My Library.” Both events run through the end of April.

· National Poetry Month Contest: Written or spoken, Written submissions must be original work, Spoken submissions can be original work or favorite poems cited by title and author, Spoken submissions must be recorded and submitted by the student

· National Library Month contest – “Why I love my library”: Written or spoken; original work only, Spoken submissions must be recorded and submitted by the student


Invite students to film StudySyncTV-style videos, record podcasts, create posters, and enter StudySync's media contest by May 4th! The top entry will earn $500 toward their classroom. This month, get the behind-the-scenes formula for success and a sample script from StudySync's Director + Scriptwriter. Pass the mic and let your students be heard!

The Director’s Guide

  • STUDENT TIPS: SO YOU WANNA WRITE A CONCEPT DEFINITION SCRIPT.Calling all creative writers! StudySync’s Senior Writer shares tips and ideas for students interested in writing a concept definition video for the Media Contest.Write a Script
  • LEARN MORE: Take a Tour of the many instructional media that are available.
  • ESSENTIAL DETAILS: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW. From entry rules and prizes to a list of submission categories, find everything you need to know about the contest here. Contest Details
  • DEADLINE: May 4, 2021


Students in 9th–12th grade who love writing stories, crafting new worlds, and building never-before-seen characters, should sign up for Thurber House's Young Writers' Studio! Young Writers' Studio will be held online on Zoom until it's safe to meet in person. They meet every other week with author and English professor Robert Loss. They kick off the first hour with quality writing prompts and activities. They wrap up the last hour with the chance to workshop pieces that you or others share. It's a safe, low-key, fun way to enjoy writing and meet others!

Click Here to Learn More; Click Here to Register

Winter/Spring 2021 Schedule (6:30-8:30pm on Select Tuesdays)

  • Tuesday, April 27


CCS students are encouraged to work with artists, teachers, and professional authors over five days filled with fun activities designed to develop every young writer’s talent at one of the Thurber Summer Writing Camps. This year, they're offering two options to enjoy camp: virtual OR in-person. The in-person and virtual camps are almost identical in activities, so students should only register for one week either for in-person or online.

  • In-person camps will be held at Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215, from 9:00 am–12:00 pm. For parking and accessibility information, click here.
  • Virtual camps will be held on Zoom from 1:00 pm–4:00 pm Eastern Time. You don't have to be in Ohio during the time of the camp to join the virtual camps.


RISING 4TH–6TH GRADERS July 12–16, July 19–23, July 26–30, OR Aug. 2–6

  • In-person camp (Thurber Center): 9:00 am–12:00 pm
  • Virtual camp (Zoom): 1:00–4:00 pm Eastern Time
  • They've packed your week full of so many writing adventures that you might get writer's cramp! They have mysteries for you to solve, new poetry styles for you to try, ghost stories to write, fairy tales to rewrite, and more. Tuition: $175

RISING 7TH–9TH GRADERS June 7–11, June 14–18, June 21–25, OR June 28–July 2

  • In-person camp (Thurber Center): 9:00 am–12:00 pm
  • Virtual camp (Zoom): 1:00–4:00 pm Eastern Time
  • Writer's block? Not this week. You will learn how to get inspiration from everything, from creepy photos to letters to poems to music to personal experience and more. Not only will you have fun writing, but you'll learn all the tools to fight writer's block! Tuition: $175

-Students who need financial assistance may enter a lottery for one of a limited number of full or partial scholarships. They are only able to offer one scholarship per family at this time. To apply, fill out the regular registration form, check the applicable boxes, and include the $10 registration fee. This will put you in the lottery. They will notify all scholarship applicants of their status the week of May 10. For questions about the scholarship or how to apply, please email Scholarship spaces are reserved in the requested week along with all other registrations. Since our camps fill quickly, we recommend registering as soon as possible.


Humanities Moments

Through the National Humanities Center’s Humanities Moments project, users submit short videos and essays recalling how an encounter with the humanities, whether through a book, film, document, performance, or something else, profoundly affected their lives.

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What are the secondary english curriculum resources?

Here is the CCS Adopted, Supplemental, and Intervention Resources List that contains all of the resources available to secondary English teachers.

  • The Tier I Instructional Resources are StudySync (English 6-12) and the Bedford Texts/Launchpad (Honors and AP English).
  • The Tier II Intervention Resource is Achieve3000
  • The Supplemental Resources (in general) are TeachingBooks and DBQ.

You can see more about StudySync, Bedford, TeachingBooks, and DBQ below in this same section of the newsletter. This information will remain here all year for your convenience.

Visit the ELA 6-12 Webpage for all Secondary English Curriculum/Resources. You will find your COURSE FOLDERS on the Curriculum/Instructional Resources Quick Links for your Grade Level. The COURSE FOLDERS have everything you need for your courses including Curriculum Maps, Standard docs, digital novels, adopted resource trainings/tutorials, Course Intros, etc.

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


As you are adjusting to life back in your buildings, you may be coming across bags or boxes of novels that you were unable to return to the curriculum office at the end of last school year. These would be ones borrowed from the curriculum office, not ones from the warehouse. This is the list showing the current record of books that are checked out from the curriculum office: SECONDARY CURRICULUM BOOK ROOM-BOOKS CHECKED OUT. See if you have items to be returned.Those can be sent through CCS delivery services to Southland Center, Suite 125, 3700 South High Street, Columbus, OH 43207 to the attention of Carla Mae Phillips. If you need to arrange for them to be picked up, email

Content Priorities-What Matters Most in English Under the Constraints of Remote/Pandemic Teaching and Learning

We all know that remote teaching during a global pandemic inherently leads to a slower teaching and learning pace. The director of Secondary Curriculum asked me to put together some slides for how to adapt to the slower pace by showing what the three main priorities would be for teaching English in our new normal. The priorities are not much different than what they would be in a face-to-face situation, but they are narrowed and more focused.

Priority I: Essential Practice

  • significant instructional time with ELA disciplines: reading, writing, discussion

  • strategies/scaffolds for comprehension and composition that transfer across texts/contexts

Priority 2: Standard Alignment

  • questioning/activities/lessons/assessments that apply standard knowledge and skills to ELA disciplines: reading, writing, discussion

  • heavier focus on targeted standards from OST
  • awareness of PreAP/AP standards (Honors & AP)

Priority 3: Adopted Resource

  • use of StudySync (English 6-12) for integrated, on-grade-level, scaffolded lessons that inherently include Priorities 1 and 2

  • use of Bedford texts/Launchpad (Honors & AP) for foundational, skill, and theme/topic lessons that that inherently include Priorities 1 and 2

-In general, the first priority focuses on the essential practices for your classroom time. The second priority lists the standards that you should focus on the most for questions, activities, lessons, and assessments using the grade-level, complex texts from your essential practice in priority one. It may be that those priority standards become your narrowed focus for the rest of the year. The third priority shows you how the adopted resources inherently meet priorities one and two. It should be noted that in StudySync, you teach all of the standards listed in priority two in the first four CORE ELA units for your grade level. It may be that you try to do just those four units instead of six this school year due to our slower pace caused by remote learning.

-Below are the slides with the priorities detailed including which standards are the most important for preparing a student to be college and career ready and to do well on the OST. You will find resource links from the CCS ELA 6-12 Webpage and our adopted resources for meeting the priorities. You will find research behind each of the priorities and why they are the most important for a narrowed focus. You will want to read through each carefully as they each contain several items of information.


Content Priorities ELA 6-8

Content Priorities English 9-12

Content Priorities Honors 9-10/AP 11-12

-You can also find the Content Priority Slides on the ELA 6-12 Webpage in the "CCS ELA GUIDING DOCUMENTS" section of the Curriculum/Instructional Resources 6-8 and the Curriculum/Instructional Resources 9-12 Quick Link pages.


-You AND your students access StudySync via the Clever icon or Click on the McGraw Hill icon. Then, launch the StudySync App.

-Your classes are marked with X and Y. The X classes were 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

-Here is information about linking StudySync to Google Classroom.

-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: studysync2021
  • PW: MHEela21


Help Center

Finding the Help Center in StudySync (video)

-Remember, if you have a question that deals with CCS infrastructure as it relates to StudySync (Clever, rostering, IC, etc.), those questions would be for Tim Wangler.

Tutorials, Trainings, and Webinars

Ask-an-Expert Sessions

Remote/Hybrid Teaching Documents

Resources/ Links from StudySync Training Presenters

Teacher Resources from StudySync:

Administration Resources from StudySync:

Here are the finalized/updated support emails/numbers for McGraw Hill.

Teacher Support McGraw Hill

Administrator Support McGraw Hill

Student/Parent Support McGraw Hill

studysync usage

StudySync should be used in the same manner as any adopted "textbook." It is the place where the CORE ELA Units for Grades 6-12 are housed (print-student consumable; digital-StudySync online). It is where students access grade-level, complex texts that they will read, write about, and have discussions around. It is the resource that offers scaffolding at point of use for students to access complex texts. It is the place where standards are mastered using reading, writing, and skill lessons. It is the place where you have a up-to-date information on how your students are mastering standards because the StudySync grade book has a Standards view that allows you to see every assignment a student has done aligned to a standard and offers ideas for remediation (StudySync Gradebook & Data Analysis). It is NOT a literacy intervention tool like Achieve3000 that has programmatic goals for students. It is important to make this distinction because teachers need to take ownership of using StudySync as their Tier 1 Instructional resource. The bulk of your curriculum should come from StudySync. Teachers are still free to add and take away from the units, just as you might have a textbook in the past. However, it is not ok to just use StudySync for testing and blasts. If you have been doing that, please make the change to using StudySync's CORE ELA Units. The first read, skill, close read routine found there is exactly what our students need to master standards using complex text. It is also important to note that StudySync is not a supplemental product, like TeachingBooks or DBQ Online. Those are available for your use but should not be the place you go to for the bulk of your curriculum.

BEDFORD/LAUNCHPAD access and support


To get to Launchpad through Clever, click the Launchpad icon and click on the name of class/textbook. Student texts were sent to the buildings. All students have a hardback text, Honors students should also have a workbook. If you experienced problems with Launchpad since the change to second semester, those should be fixed now. Reach out to Tim Wangler if you encounter any other issues.



Trainings and Tutorials
Bedford Overviews, Slideshows, Trainings, and Tutorials

AP Professional Development Online Workshops

Learn More about these online workshops. Register Here.

Updated AP Course Pacing Guides (Due to Pandemic)

End-of-Year Guidelines

TeachingBooks Access and Support


You AND your students access TeachingBooks via the Clever icon or Click on the TeachingBooks icon.

UPCOMING PD (20-Minute Webinars)


-TeachingBooks is the tool that houses the lists of books we have in the warehouse and in the Secondary English Curriculum Office. Use this TeachingBooks Tutorial to learn how to access the CCS book lists.

- 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.

-October 16th PD Session for CCS: Virtual and Blending Learning Recording

-February 3rd PD Session for CCS: Booklists, Virtual Ideas, and More on TeachingBooks

DBQ Literature Mini-Qs: Supplemental Resource access and support

DBQ has given us FREE access to the Literature Mini-Qs this school year. You access them via via the Clever icon or Click on the The DBQ Project icon. Each school also has a hard-copy binder of the lessons. Making copies of these for subs would be a great way to have standard-aligned, high-quality lessons since subs will not/may not have access to StudySync.

--Access Live and Self-Paced PD for DBQ Here.

  • Open Self-Paced Courses: asynchronous course with a run time around 5 hours that aims to familiarize teachers with The DBQ Project Method.
  • Open Virtual Workshops: live workshops with a DBQ Project Professional Development Lead. 2 hours long, these workshops are built to help teachers with DBQ Project material and DBQ Online with a specific focus on remote and hybrid-learning needs.

--Here is a Smore for DBQ Online Educator Support.

--Here is a Smore for DBQ Online Student Support

--Check out the newest addition to the DBQ Platform, Unit Trailers, with this sample for

How Does The Great Gatsby Reflect America in the Twenties?


DBQ is currently a supplemental resource for secondary ELA. This summer DBQ Project will offer opportunities for dynamic teachers to become official DBQ Lead Teachers! This PDF has all the information as well as the registration links. There are several dates for you to choose from: June 22-25, July 13-16, July 20-23, or August 3-6. CCS will be limited 10 teachers that either teach social studies or English. The cost is free. The commitment is 4 days, 3 hour "live" sessions followed by one hour of independent coursework required each afternoon.


The DBQ Summer Rollover will occur in July. During the Rollover, as part of our efforts to protect student data; all classes, assignments, and work will be removed from the site. Teachers and students will still be able to login, and teachers will be able to access binders and units, but the content in their “Classes & Assignments” page will be removed. The only exemption is for teacher’s Assignment Templates. Templates are the best way to save teacher work between school years (follow this link Creating Assignment Templates for instructions on making them). The specific supports and any annotations made in Teacher Markup Mode will be saved in the template and will be available after the rollover. Note: The template will not save any annotations created outside of Teacher Markup Mode (like the teacher “View” or “Manage” modes).

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