Secondary English Summer Newsletter

Curriculum Adoption Information & English List Needs

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The Curriculum Maps have been added to Curriculum/Instructional Resources Quick Links on the ELA 6-12 Webpage and below. The Course Folders and Course Introduction Pages, which are also on the ELA 6-12 Webpage, can provide information and resources for those Maps. The Course Introduction Pages are part of the Curriculum Maps and the Curriculum Maps will be stored in the Course Folders. NOTE: To access these, you must be logged into Google using your CCS credentials and not a personal account. Here are some short videos to acclimate you to the Maps and show the correlation between the maps and the adopted digital resources.

Video Orientation to Curriculum Docs/Folders

Video-Using the Curriculum Maps with StudySync

Video-Using the Honors Curriculum Maps with Launchpad

Video-Using AP Pacing Guides with Launchpad

Curriculum Maps include:

  • A Year-at-a-Glance that provides a high-level overview of the course by grading period, including Units, Standards/Learning Targets/Skills, and Timeframes
  • A Scope and Sequence that provides a Course Introduction and a detailed overview of each grading period, including Units & Timeframes; Adopted Resource Correlations; Standards; Readings, Writings, Discussions, Skills, Activities, & Videos; and Resources, Strategies, & Assessments.
  • A Curriculum and Instruction Guide that provides direction for standards-based instruction, including Unpacked Standards/Clear Learning Targets showing which Standards are targeted or applied in each unit and quarter, Sample Assessment Questions, Ohio Learning Standards' Appendices Support, Content Elaborations, and Instructional Strategies/Resources from ODE Model Curriculum.

NOTE: What you find in the Curriculum Maps from the district follows the thematic CORE ELA units in StudySync, but takes out a few of the readings in the Integrated Reading and Writing pathway to give you more time on the Extended Writing Projects. This, as always, is the suggested pathway. You still have lots of autonomy and choice, especially when it comes to when to use novel studies. The suggestion for middle school is to read 3-4 novels each year and 4-5 per year in high school. StudySync provides guides for 2 different novels for each unit in middle school (12 total) and three per unit in high school (18 total), plus many more in the StudySync library. For the novels in StudySync that are aligned to the units, you will have most of them digitally, either in StudySync or linked in the Curriculum Map. You also still have access to novels in your buildings, warehouse, and curriculum office.

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The Integration of StudySync and Launchpad with Clever for SY 2020-21 is underway and is complete if your classes have been loaded into Infinite Campus by your buildings.

You will access StudySync via the Clever icon or and click on the McGraw Hill SSO icon. Then, you will launch the StudySync App. You can launch any of the classes listed there to get to the StudySync site which has all grade levels 6-12 and has all of your loaded classes.

After you click the McGraw Hill SSO Icon, and before you launch the StudySync App, you will see classes from this year and last year. The classes from last year will be there until the end of September because 4th quarter from last year has to be kept open in IC due to the extension of SY19-20. This year's classes are marked with X and Y. The X classes are for first semester and are the ones you should be using now. The Y classes are for second semester.

After you launch any of the classes to get onto StudySync, you may notice that the classes all have the same name when you are trying to choose a "target" class when assigning a lesson, reading, blast, etc. This can be very confusing. Follow this guide to change the names of your classes so that they will show up differently inside StudySync to make choosing a "target" for your assignments easier: StudySync-How to Change Course Names

To get to Launchpad (honors and AP) through Clever, click the Launchpad icon and click on the name of class/textbook.

Using Chrome as your browser is suggested. Questions about the syncing and using Clever should be directed to Tim Wangler.

You will have access to the StudySync demo for a few months, so use it when you can't get to StudySync through Clever due to the rollover to SY 2020-21.


UN: StudySync2021

PW: study2021

NOTE: If you receive an email about an HMH product or Ed Your Friend in Education, you can ignore it as it belongs to the ELA K-5 adoption.

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Recorded Trainings & Task Cards for StudySync (McGraw Hill)

Here is a recording of the StudySync Initial Activation Training. It, along with the many on-demand training at or on the StudySync platform, can be use to continue your professional development.

McGraw Hill Education Columbus City Schools – Summer Activation Training – StudySync

Access Password: 2n&04X1+

Here is a link to Task Cards for self-paced exploration of StudySync:

Here are recordings of the follow-up trainings from August 24 and 25.

High School Training – Aug 25, 2020 Passcode: 0Ujs&87=

Middle School Training – Aug 25, 2020 Passcode: t7B*Hjw8

Follow-up Docs/Videos/Surveys from StudySync (McGraw Hill)

McGraw Hill sent these documents as a follow-up to the trainings. They contain student-facing videos, Google integration videos, remote learning videos, Webinars, etc.



Course Tours Landing Page:

Overview Slideshows

Recorded Trainings and Slides

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Accessing Launchpad

You should have access to Launchpad via Clever. Go to Clever (Clever | Log in) via the icon or and click on Launchpad. You may have to select the title of the text book and/or select a class get it to populate. These classes are currently being rolled over to SY 20-21. You DO NOT need a code. Using Chrome as your browser is suggested. If you have any trouble with Clever access, contact Tim Wangler.


  • Bedford's materials for Honors and AP offer spiraled skill vertical alignment from Honors English 9 through AP Lit.
  • The texts and online Launchpad companion allow for mastery of Pre-AP, AP, and Ohio Learning Standards.
  • Bedford includes deep foundational work through genre and mode in the Honors courses for reading, writing, and working with sources with careful development and constant reinforcement.
  • Bedford contains instructional and thematic approaches in the AP courses geared toward training students to read and write at the college level.
  • Teachers and students will have both print and digital components.
  • The texts offer a program that matches the preparation needed for the new formatting of AP Exams.
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Honors and AP Teacher Editions Still Available at CNIS Pickup Site

You can pick up your TE for Honors and AP classes at CNIS/Global/Brookhaven site from 11am-1pm any day this week (8/24-28) from 11am-1pm. Additional copies of the AP TEs arrived on Monday, August 24th and are being taken to the site.

StudySync Teacher Editions for Volume One

If you did not pick up a Volume One StudySync Teacher Edition this summer, please have your school's building book person request it from the Hudson Warehouse. The warehouse has started to send out the student consumables (Reading and Writing Companion), but will send out the TEs based upon requests from the building since so many of you already picked them up. Volume Two of the TE will be automatically sent to the buildings from the warehouse.
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Columbus City Schools Resources for Secondary English

With the adoptions of StudySync and Bedford/Launchpad, many of the resources for Secondary English from past years were no longer needed and were not renewed. Others have been given to us for free this school year. You can see all of the Secondary English Resources with descriptions and access information here:

CCS Adopted, Supplemental, and Intervention Resources List

Don't forget, you still have access to all of the Google for Education Suite items, including Google Classroom.

NOTE: StudySync was adopted for English 6-12. Bedford texts and Launchpad were adopted for Honors English and AP English classes. These are the only two adopted products for curriculum. iReady is NOT a curriculum tool. It is only being used at the middle school level for benchmark testing for BOY, MOY, and EOY.

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Assessment Information for Columbus City Schools SY20-21

-In Grades 9-12, the Benchmark Assessments in StudySync (three per grade level) are going to replace NWEA MAP testing for the BOY, MOY, and EOY. Teachers in Grades 6-8 will use iReady to replace NWEA MAP, but are free to use the Benchmark Assessments for their own classroom information.

NOTE: iReady is NOT a curriculum tool for middle school. It is only being used for testing. The adopted curriculum resource is StudySync.

-All Teachers in Grades 6-12 may use the StudySync Readiness Screener and Reading Comprehension Diagnostic at the beginning for the year and these tests are suggested in the Curriculum Maps in the first unit.

-StudySync also has End-of-Unit Assessments in regular and EL forms, and offers SAT/ACT/State Test Preparation Assessments. Here is the entire suite of assessments that you have available to you in StudySync with a description of what they measure:

  • Readiness Screener for Each Grade Level
    • Readiness Screeners assesses students’ preparedness on the previous grade-level’s standards-aligned skills and content. Teachers can use this assessment to determine student strengths as well as reteaching and remediation needs.
  • Reading Comprehension Diagnostic for Each Grade Level
    • The Reading Comprehension Diagnostic assesses students’ basic reading comprehension skills. Students are presented with two grade-level appropriate passages, each accompanied by 5 items focused on assessing text understanding.
  • Benchmarks for Each Grade Level (3 Forms at each grade level) *
    • There are three Benchmark Assessments for each grade level. They have around 35 questions each and look like the OST. They contain literary and informational readings and paired readings with standard-aligned multiple choice, multi select, Part A/Part B, and drag and drop items. They can be assigned electronically and scored immediately.
    • Benchmark Assessments measure students’ progress toward standards mastery throughout the school year. Three assessment forms – to be delivered at the beginning of the school year, after the completion of Unit 2, and again after the completion of Unit 4 – provide a valid and reliable measure of students’ advancement. There are six units total in the program; each lasts 30-days. All of the ELA standards are taught by the end of Unit Four and that is why they are scheduled as noted above.
  • State Test Preparation (3 Forms for Reading and 3 Forms Writing at each grade level)
    • The State Test Preparation assessments can be administered to students throughout the year, leading up to end-of year testing. Students’ growing mastery of the curriculum should result in increasing scores at each administration and determine student readiness for high-stakes testing.
  • End of Unit (6 for each grade level) / EL End of Unit (4 levels: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced, Advanced High for 6 units at each grade level)
    • The End-of-Unit Assessment reports on the outcome of student learning. As students complete each unit of the reading program, they will be assessed on their understanding of key instructional content as well as their ability to write in response to prompts across a series of genres.
  • ACT English & ACT Reading (6 Forms)
    • The ACT Test Preparation assessments can be administered to students throughout the year, leading up to the high-stakes test. Students can use the results of this assessment to gain insight into their strengths and needs for further practice.
  • SAT (2 Forms)
    • The SAT Test Preparation assessments can be administered to students throughout the year, leading up to the high-stakes test. Students can use the results of this assessment to gain insight into their strengths and needs for further practice.
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This year, middle and high school English Chairs will meet together. Below are the dates for the year to put into your calendar if you are serving in this role. If you are serving in this role and have not sent me a quick email letting me know, please do so:) (

The 2020-21 Department Chair Meetings will happen on the 2nd Wednesday of each month with the exception of September’s meeting which will happen on the 3rd Wednesday due to the delayed opening of school.

Dates and Times*

September 16, 2020; 3:30-5:30pm

October 14, 2020; 3:30-5:30pm

November 11, 2020; 3:30-5:30pm

December 9, 2020; 3:30-5:30pm

January 13, 2021; 3:30-5:30pm

February 10, 2021; 3:30-5:30pm

March 10, 2021; 3:30-5:30pm

April 14, 2021; 3:30-5:30pm

May 12, 2021; 3:30-5:30pm

*Time may change for chair meetings that include chairs from K-8 buildings when the district makes the switch from virtual to face-to-face environments.


1. If you or someone you know needs to be added to the SECONDARY ENGLISH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER mailing list for the 2020-2021 SY because you/they will be teaching an English class in Grades 6-12 and did not last year, please send the name(s) to cphillips3865@columbus.k12.oh.

2. If you are taking on the role of English chair for your building for the 2020-21 SY, please send your name and building to cphillips3865@columbus.k12.oh to become part of the chair mailing list. According to the contract language, each grade level band (6-8 and 9-12) within a building is eligible to have a chair. The employee chosen for Department Chair would need to be part of CEA. This Activity Form needs to be completed by the employee and signed by the building principal, disregarding Part II on the form because there are no certifications required for Department Chair. The form gets sent to

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ODE's Newest Resources

You can check out the latest tools from ODE for the Standards and OST in their Student Readiness Toolkit. Check it out HERE.




  • StudySync integrates reading, writing, and speaking making it easy to follow our classroom mission: read, write, and discuss daily. Students read, think, discuss, and write in response to texts and videos.
  • It offers both thematic and novel-study choices in each of the six units provided for each grade 6-12. In Grades 6-8, there are two novel study options per unit and in Grades 9-12, there are three novel studies available per unit.
  • It allows for targeted skill work before and after first reads, and between first and close reads.
  • Throughout units and in End-of-Unit Assessments, there are opportunities for accessing and mastering OST-Style questions, with a majority of them aligned to text pairings.
  • There are built-in scaffolds for below, advanced, and EL students within core texts and StudySync offers additional EL texts and EL End-of-Unit Assessments for each unit.
  • StudySync Online matches adolescent brain research with interactive/inviting access points; visual, auditory, & organizational supports; and opportunities for social academic interactions.
  • Included in the Assessment suite are practice items to prepare for standardized tests (ACT, SAT, OST) and progress monitor, as well as diagnostic, comprehension, and benchmark assessments.
  • StudySync offers Blasts that focus on current or targeted topics and allow students to get blind peer reviews of writings.
  • The StudySync Library is full of thousands of texts, skills, assessments, Blasts that offer lots of choice.
  • Every extended writing within the system has a student model/sample.
  • StudySync Online has units built for our African American Literature course and will have units built for Major British Writers Seminar, Humanities, Summer School, and other non-traditional English courses and electives in the future.
  • The StudySync student materials are both print and digital, which will make for seamless transitions between remote and face-to-face learning.
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To receive some of your stress concerning the upcoming school year—try screaming. Looks Like You Need To Let it Out is a site where you can record your scream and it will be played for the world to hear:)
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Carla Mae Phillips

Lead Secondary English Curriculum Coordinator

Southland Center, Suite 125