Secondary English Weekly #3

VOLUME FIVE, ISSUE THREE /September 12-16, 2022

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

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

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

Poetry Out Loud Registration is OPEN!

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

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

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

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

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


Here are the registration links for the StudySync Ask-An-Expert sessions for this semester. These are in addition to the free Webinars and the live Help inside StudySync.


BOY UPDATE: The I-Ready assessment window for Grade 9 has been extended through October 7th. There will NOT be an I-Ready assessment for Grade 10 as had been published earlier.

  • District Mandate: I-Ready Grades 6-8 Window 8/24- 9/30; I-Ready Grade 9 Window 9/8-10/7.

  • LevelSet for Achieve3000 Users: Window opens 8/29 (Students prompted on platform)

  • Optional for Classroom Use: StudySync Assessments Grades 6-12 (Varied options from Diagnostics to Benchmarks to Test Prep)

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.


A grant 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 of two-year partnership will be to improve CCS students’ writing performances in the classroom and on the OST writing assessments by creating one informative and one argumentative writing unit for grade 9 and one informative and one argumentative writing unit for grade 10 using the dialogic approach to argumentative/informational writing. These units will be added to StudySync and use the StudySync texts/platform to make them available to all English 9 and English 10 teachers in the district.

Seven teachers from CCS are currently part of this research fellows project, but the study would like to have teachers from all six regions. If you teach English 9 or English 10 at a high school in Region 2, 4, or 6, and have a commitment to improving students’ writing performances in the classroom and on the state writing assessments, please consider participating. The first meeting for the project is happening on Tuesday, September 13th. Participants will receive up to $850 stipend and CEUs are available.

To participate fill out this form by September 12th. The first meeting is Tuesday, September 13th at 3:30pm. Specific information about the location and shared files will be sent to you after you complete the form.


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.

ILA Webinar

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

“All Students Can Read” professional learning series for Special Educators

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

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

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All Week: BOY I-Ready Window is open all week and ends on 9-30 for Grades 6-8 and on 10-7 for Grade 9. There is no I-Ready for Grades 10-12.

Monday September 12, 2022

  • StudySync Webinar: 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM, Guest Teacher Guidance: How to Seamlessly Jump Into StudySync Register Now

Tuesday September 13, 2022

  • CCS/OSU Research Fellows: Initial Meeting 3:30-5:30pm @ Southland Center, Room 120. (Contact Carla Mae Phillips if you completed the form for this opportunity, but did not receive meeting information via email.)

Wednesday September 14, 2022

  • English Chairs: September Meeting 3:30-5:30pm via Zoom. (Contact Carla Mae Phillips if you are a middle or high school English chair and did not receive meeting information via email.)
  • StudySync Webinar: 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM, Basic Training: The Reading Routine - Reading & Rigor in StudySync Register Now

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Friday September 16, 2022

  • StudySync Webinar: 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM, Keep Calm & Observe On: Supporting Classroom Evaluation for Administrators Register Now
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Curriculum Maps, Course Folders, and Resource Lists

NOTE: ALL DISTRICT SECONDARY ENGLISH COURSES HAVE CURRICULUM MAPS AND COURSE FOLDERS:) They will prove very useful in planning your year. Each Curriculum Map contains a pathway through the course using the adopted curricular resource for that course that will aid you in supporting student learning as they grow their literacy and master standards.

ONE-STOP SHOP: Your best resource for all things secondary English is the ELA 6-12 Webpage. Use the Quick Links on the landing page for easy navigation.

-Curriculum Guides: Visit the Curriculum/Instructional Resources Quick Links on the ELA 6-12 Webpage or the Google docs below for all Secondary English Curriculum. At these links, you will find your COURSE FOLDERS that have everything you need for your courses including Curriculum Maps, Course Introduction Pages, Standard docs, digital novels, adopted resource trainings/tutorials, etc. To access many curricular and district items, you must be logged into Google using your CCS credentials and not a personal account.

-Course Resource Lists: Here are the Resource Lists for Secondary English. They list the Secondary English and Elective courses showing/detailing which core resources are used in each.

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

  1. The Tier I Instructional Resources are StudySync (English 6-12, Alternate English courses, and some Electives) and the Bedford Texts/Launchpad (Honors and AP English).
  2. The Tier II/Tier III Intervention Resource is Achieve3000. The contact person for this resource is Sonja Dill.
  3. The Supplemental Resource is TeachingBooks.


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.

STUDYSYNC: Access, PD, Tutorials, & Trainings

StudySync (Tier 1 Adopted Resource for English 6-12, Alternate English Courses, and Some Electives)

  • Access: You AND your students access StudySync via the Clever icon or Click on the McGraw Hill icon. Then, launch the StudySync App. You can use this guide to set up a "sample" class in StudySync for access prior to your classes being loaded by the district: StudySync: Create “Sample” StudySync Class.
  • Demo Code: Here is the demo code for StudySync in case you have a student teacher, building coach, or admin that wants to see the platform and they do not have a class aligned in Clever/IC. DEMO:, UN: 612studysync, PW: elaMH2022
  • Students Reading & Writing Companions: For the English 6-12 courses, student consumables have been sent to the buildings this summer. Be sure to locate these and distribute them to students in these courses. They must be given out to the students.The six units for each grade at StudySync online are included in the consumables and can increase modality options and provide equity for students.
  • Change Course Names: Inside StudySync, your classes are marked with X and Y. The X classes are for first semester and the Y classes are for second semester. If you want to change the names of your classes in StudySync, follow this guide: StudySync-How to Change Course Names
  • Integration with Canvas: You will be able to open up StudySync right inside of Canvas and assign items as you normally do. Orientation to English Courses in Canvas (video) & Canvas/StudySync Integration Guide


Bedford/Launchpad (Tier 1 Adopted Resource for Honors and AP)


TeachingBooks (Supplemental Resource)

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:
TeachingBooks Updates & New Features September 15 2pm
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


Achieve3000 Tier 2/Tier 3 Adopted Resource for Literacy

See the Achieve3000 Quick Link on the ELA 6-12 Webpage for information about this intervention resource. Sonja Dill is the CCS Support Lead for Achieve3000. This tool can be used across disciplines to help students work on literacy skills and should be used as a Tier II or Tier III intervention which MUST NOT take the place of core instruction using the Tier I adopted resources.

return borrowed novels to the curriculum office

As you are beginning your school year, you may come across bags or boxes of novels that you need to return to the curriculum office. These would be ones borrowed from the curriculum office, not ones from the warehouse. Books borrowed from the warehouse may remain in your building's book room for reuse. Items being returned to the curriculum office can be sent through school mail or CCS delivery services to Southland Center, Suite 125, 3700 South High Street, Columbus, OH 43207 to the attention of Carla Mae Phillips. Thanks:)

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BOY, MOY, and EOY for Secondary English


UPDATE: The I-Ready assessments for Grade 9 will have an extended window through October 7th. There will NOT be an I-Ready assessment for Grade 10 as had been published earlier.

  • District Mandate: I-Ready Grades 6-8 Window 8/24- 9/30; I-Ready Grade 9 Window 9/8-10/7.

  • LevelSet for Achieve3000 Users: Window opens 8/29 (Students prompted on platform)

  • Optional for Classroom Use: StudySync Assessments Grades 6-12 (Varied options from Diagnostics to Benchmarks to Test Prep)


  • District Mandate: I-Ready Grades 6-9: Window 12/5/22- 1/20/23

  • Optional for Classroom Use: StudySync Assessments Grades 6-12 (Varied options from End-of-Units to Benchmarks to Test Prep)


  • State Mandate: OSTs Grades 6, 7, 8, and 10

  • Possible District Mandate: I-Ready Grades 6-9 (This has not been approved as of publication.)

  • LevelSet for Achieve3000 Users

  • Optional for Classroom Use: StudySync Assessments Grades 6-12 (Varied options from End-of-Units to Benchmarks to Test Prep)


Most of the English curriculum sessions on the District PD Days this year will have a literacy focus. That is because CCS has developed the CCS Secondary Literacy Plan, which you can access here: CCS Secondary Literacy Plan. The plan is rooted in Ohio’s Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement and guided by the Adolescent Simple View of Reading. The plan spans from intermediate literacy that crosses curricular areas to disciplinary literacy that reflects the demands of specific disciplines while allowing for individualized intensive interventions, as needed. Inherent in the plan is that students are reading, writing, and discussing every day in classrooms. The components of the plan are: Academic Language, Reading Comprehension, Writing Competency, Classroom Discussion, and Collective Efficacy.

If you want to dig deeper into any of the main components of the secondary literacy plan, here are some sites, resources, strategies, recordings, and articles that may offer insight and enrichment. Note: The list below is not inclusive of everything you currently have in your adopted resources (e.g. StudySync) which are the MAIN items for instruction and support of the literacy components.


Academic Language

Reading Comprehension

Writing Competency

Classroom Discussion

CCS 2022 PD Days

Free Issues of Literacy Journals


As the Learning Tech department rolls out Canvas, you may find that you have some or all of your courses loaded in Canvas. The latest information I was given is that English 6-10 courses have been loaded in Canvas and may be used by teachers if they choose. Although the English 11, English 12, and all other alternate English courses have been created in Canvas, I have been told that they will be rolled out at a future date. If you have courses loaded in Canvas and want to use them, you will need to pair them with StudySync. Then, StudySync will populate inside Canvas and it will look just as if you opened it from Clever and work the same way. Use the orientation video (below) to get an idea of what your English courses look like inside of Canvas and use the guide (below) to learn how to access StudySync via Canvas, pair your courses, create/sync assignments, put assignments in modules, and export grades. It also contains a student-facing video for students new to using StudySync inside Canvas.
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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 11:59 p.m. PT, Sunday, September 25, 2022. If you have any questions, email Sarah Miller at


Below are the StudySync webinar offerings for August and September. If you register and cannot attend, you will be sent a recording. StudySync is the core Tier 1 Resources for Secondary English. The CORE ELA Units are used in English 6-12. Items from the StudySync Library are used in all alternative English courses (Humanities Language Arts 8, Humanities English 9 & 10, African American Literature, Major British Writers Seminar, Shakespeare's Literature, and Women's Literature) and many of the elective courses (e.g., Essay Writing 6, 7, and 8). Here is the PAGE FOR ALL UPCOMING STUDYSYNC WEBINAR DATES showing offerings through December.

Monday September 12, 2022

  • 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT Guest Teacher Guidance: How to Seamlessly Jump Into StudySync Register Now

Wednesday September 14, 2022

  • 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM EDT Basic Training: The Reading Routine - Reading & Rigor in StudySync Register Now

Friday September 16, 2022

  • 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT Keep Calm & Observe On: Supporting Classroom Evaluation for Administrators Register Now

Monday September 19, 2022

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

Tuesday September 20, 2022

  • 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT Deeper Dive: Backwards Planning with Close Reading Register Now

Wednesday September 21, 2022

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

Thursday September 22, 2022

  • 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM EDT ASSESS 101: Back to School Assessments Register Now

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

outings, classes, contests, grants, and additional pd


If you are an English coach with CCS and have not joined the StudySync Coaches Community, you can do so here: Register. One of the upcoming events for the coaches' speaker series happens on Sept. 20th with Dr. Doug Fisher. Learn from thought leader, Dr. Doug Fisher on Tuesday, Sept. 20th about guiding an intentional focus on close reading at 12pm ET. Register for Session.


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

  • Early Bird Registration – Deadline Extended to September 16 Don’t miss out on our lowest registration rate! Register
  • Conference Hotel Raffle – Deadline to Book is September 6 By reserving your room through our official housing site, you’ll save and be entered into our amazing prize drawing! Book Hotel
  • Second Call for Presentations – Proposals due September 16 Share your amazing ideas with colleagues and enjoy discounted presenter registration if selected! Submit Proposal


Here is the Fall Writing Workshop Schedule.


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

  • September 22, Barbara Fant, Mouths of Garden, 7-8pm
  • October 5, Cate Holahan, The Darkness of Others, 7-8pm
  • October 18, Sloane Crosley, Cult Classic, 7-8pm
  • October 21, Paranormal Investigator, James A. Wills, Strange and Spooky Tales, 7-8pm
  • October 29, Kids: Boos and Books (1-4pm)
  • October 29, Adults, Booze 'n' Books (5-7pm)
  • November 1, Hanif Abdurraqib, 7-8pm



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Gramercy Books Poetry Contest

Use Your Classroom Books to Create Spine Poems with Your Students!

Showcase Your Creativity and Enter to Win a $75 Gift Card from Gramercy and a copy of Spine Poems: An Eclectic Collection of Found Verse for Book Lovers!

Contest Details:

  • The contest deadline is September 15th

  • Email your spine poems to

  • The entries will be judged by Bexley poet Maggie Smith

  • Limit 3 entries per person

  • Winner will be notified Sept. 28th

  • Winning poem to be featured in Gramercy's Oct.1st newsletter



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 13 from 6:30–8:30 pm ET

  • Tuesday, September 27 from 6:30–8:30 pm ET

  • Tuesday, October 11 from 6:30–8:30 pm ET

  • Tuesday, October 25 from 6:30–8:30 pm ET

  • Tuesday, November 8 from 6:30–8:30 pm ET

  • Tuesday, November 22 from 6:30–8:30 pm ET



Flip the Page: Central Ohio's Teen Literary Journal

Flip the Page is written, staffed, and produced by Central Ohio teens. The mission is to provide a showcase for the work of young local writers and offer opportunities to learn about submission, critique, editorial design, and publication. All accepted writers and artists receive a complimentary copy of the journal, which is sold on Amazon. Submissions are juried by a committee of teen writers from Thurber House's Young Writers' Studio (see above). Learn more here: Flip the Page Site.

Submissions for the 2023 edition of Flip the Page will open in November 2022. Let your students know about it now so that they will be ready to submit once the site opens.
Writing Submission Guidelines

  • Must be a resident of Central Ohio (Franklin, Delaware, Union, Madison, Pickaway, Fairfield, or Licking counties)
  • Open to teens ages 13 to 19 years old
  • They are interested in short stories, poems, songs, essays, play excerpts, and especially humor pieces
  • Maximum of 800 words per piece
  • Limit of two entries per person
  • Accepted formats are Word documents and shareable Google documents
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Song for This Week: Sunroof-The Sun is Shining on YOU!! You are doing awesome!
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Carla Mae Phillips

English 6-12 Curriculum Coordinator

Southland Center, Suite 125

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