Secondary English Weekly #6

VOLUME FOUR, ISSUE SIX /September 27-October 1, 2021

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CCS SECONDARY ENGLISH 2021 OST REPORT WITH RECOMMENDATIONS

You will find the CCS SECONDARY ENGLISH 2021 OST REPORT WITH RECOMMENDATIONS linked here and at the "Standardized Testing" Quick Link on the ELA 6-12 Webpage. Below you will find three pages from that report: Page 1 with the synopses of the data and conclusions with the recommendations; Page 10 with the Reading Conclusion, and Page 14 with the Writing Conclusion. Click on the Report to look at full data.

PAGE 1: DATA/CONCLUSION SYNOPSES & RECOMMENDATIONS

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Page 10: Reading Conclusion

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Page 14: Writing Conclusion

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IT'S BANNED BOOKS WEEK: MAKE A VIRTUAL READ-OUT VIDEO

Your words have power. Stand up to censorship and declare your literary freedoms by reading from a banned book or discussing censorship issues on camera. Since the inception of Banned Books Week in 1982, libraries and bookstores throughout the country have staged local read-outs, continuous readings of banned and challenged books. Banned authors such as Judy Blume, Stephen Chbosky and Chris Crutcher have participated. Readers can join the action by posting a video of themselves reading from a banned book or talking about censorship. Videos may be featured on the Banned Books Week YouTube channel.

Before you press “record,” check out the following guidelines and ideas:

  • Videos should be shorter than three minutes.
  • The ALA lists of the Top Ten Challenged Books and Frequently Challenged Books will provide some inspiration on which books to read from or talk about.
  • ​Include the phrase “Banned Books Week” when titling and tagging your video. A good title example is “Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out: A Reading from ‘I Am Jazz'” or “Banned Books Week: Why I Read ‘Looking for Alaska'”
  • If you’re submitting multiple videos, please create a YouTube playlist and submit one URL using the form. GO HERE TO SUBMIT.

McGraw Hill's StudySync Ask-an-Expert Sessions

Below are the StudySync Ask-an-Expert Sessions from McGraw Hill for October and November.
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Monday, September 27

Tuesday, September 28

  • StudySync Webinar: Stretch Goals: Differentiate Instruction for Advanced and Pre-AP Students 4-4:30PM Register

Wednesday, September 29

  • StudySync Webinar: Mini-Webinar: Create Your First Assignment in 15 Minutes 6-6:15PM Register

Thursday, September 30

  • ODE: ELA Open Forum 6-12 ,3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Teams Meeting Link
  • StudySync Webinar: 15 Minute Mini-Webinar: Set Proficiency Levels for Automatic Differentiation 6-6:15PM Register
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Curriculum Maps, Course Folders, and Resource Lists

-Visit these Curriculum/Instructional Resources Quick Links on the ELA 6-12 Webpage 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, you must be logged into Google using your CCS credentials and not a personal account. Curricular documents are also linked on these Google docs:


-Here are the Resource Lists for Secondary English.

  1. The Tier I Instructional Resources are StudySync (English 6-12) and the Bedford Texts/Launchpad (Honors and AP English).
  2. The Tier II Intervention Resource is Achieve3000. The contact person for this resource is Sonja Dill.
  3. The Supplemental Resource is TeachingBooks.
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BOY WINDOW OPEN THROUGH OCTOBER 14

HERE is a folder with guides and videos to help with the assessment. The window is open through October 14th. For ELA, the tests inside Mastery Connect for the BOY have passages/questions that have been pulled from StudySync Benchmark Assessments. The test is document based and the students fill in a bubble sheet which populates beside the test. The test will measure some standards from the previous year (66%) and some from this year (33%).

-The questions BELOW and other frequently asked questions can be found in this FAQ document:

  • THERE IS AN ERROR ON THE ELA BOY GR.9-10 IN WHICH #12 DOES NOT HAVE A "D" ANSWER. THE ANSWERS ARE LABELED A,B,C,E, BUT THE ANSWER KEY HAS “D” AS THE CORRECT ANSWER.

  • THERE IS ALSO AN ERROR ON THE ELA BOY GR.7 IN WHICH #44 HAS ANSWER CHOICES A-F BUT THE BUBBLE SHEET ONLY HAS CHOICES A-E. CAN THE TESTs BE REVISED TO CORRECT THESE ERRORS?

    • The tests cannot be revised since they’re live. To resolve this, you may simply omit those items and inform colleagues to do the same.

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Curriculum Resources: Access, PD, Tutorials, & Trainings

StudySync (Tier 1 Adopted Resource English 6-12)

  • Help Center: Finding the Help Center in StudySync (video): You can find self-paced Training in the Help Center.
  • Tutorials: StudySync Tutorials (Some of the most popular tutorials)
  • Trainings: StudySync Trainings (Recorded CCS StudySync trainings from 2020 and 2021)
  • 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: studysync2021, PW: MHEela21
  • Errors: If you notice an error in a StudySync assignment, send an email to Carla Mae cphillips3865@columbus.k12.oh.us. She will let both McGraw Hill and StudySync know so that they can make corrections.
  • For the latest information at StudySync, sign up for the SyncUP monthly newsletter. Opt-in here: studysync.com/subscribe

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

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TeachingBooks (Supplemental Resource)

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Secondary English Curriculum Videos

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outings, classes, contests, grants, and additional pd

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS OPEN FORUM 6-12

The Ohio Department of Education Office of Learning and Instructional Strategies’ new English Language Arts consultant, Dr. Teresa Castellaneta, is hosting an open forum virtual conversation. Participants can share instructional ideas, discuss professional learning interests and begin cultivating a professional learning community. Questions can be sent to teresa.castellaneta@education.ohio.gov.

Thursday, Sept. 30, 3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Teams Meeting Link


APPLICATION OPEN FOR ODE RANGE FINDING COMMITTEES

The Ohio Department of Education is now accepting applications for participants to serve on range-finding committees for English language arts (ELA). Range-finding committees use sample student responses to make recommendations for the range of acceptable responses, from no credit to partial credit, to complete credit. These ELA range-finding committees will convene virtually for a limited series of meetings. They are not ongoing committees. Meetings will be held in January-February 2022 only but will span several days. After you apply to participate on one of the committees, you will be able to indicate which dates you are available to serve. The dates for each of the secondary grade-level meetings are listed below.

  • Grade 6, Jan. 24 - 27
  • Grade 7, Part 1, Jan. 18 - 21
  • Grade 7, Part 2, Feb. 14 - 16
  • Grade 8, Feb. 7 - 11
  • High School (ELA II), Part 1, Jan. 24 - 28
  • High School (ELA II), Part 2, Jan. 31 - Feb. 4
  • High School (ELA II), Part 3, Feb. 17 - 18

Here is more information. Here is the APPLICATION. If you have any questions please email the Office of Assessment at statetests@education.ohio.org.


THURBER HOUSE: ADULT WRITING WORKSHOPS FOR FALL 2021


NEW ALBANY STUDENT LECTURE SERIES

Holly St. Myer from the New Albany Community Foundation has extended an invitation for Columbus City School students to participate in the New Albany Student Lecture Series 2021-22 both as avid spectators and through advanced submission of thoughtful questions. If you would like students from your school to participate in any of the following lectures, contact Holly at holly@hinsonltd.com. Here are the upcoming lectures:

  • October 5: Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize Winner and Bestselling Author (Social Justice)
  • February 16: Abby Wambach, World Cup Champ and Bestselling Author (Health & Wellbeing)
  • March 10: H.R. McMaster, National Security Advisor, & Mary Louise Kelly, Co-host of NPR's "All Things Considered" (National Security)
  • April 6: Robert Reich, Former U.S. Secretary of Labor, & Karl Rove, Former Deputy Chief of Staff (Civil Discourse and Debate)

This October 5th event is open to the public--Register Here. All other events are for students only. Contact Holly to attend or participate.


THE COLUMBUS METROPOLITAN LIBRARY'S CARNEGIE AUTHOR SERIES: AUTHOR TALKS

Check out the line-up for the remainder of this season.

  • 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 the school year and have your students attend his author talk.
  • Brit Bennett (The Vanishing Half) December 5, 2pm


UNLOCKING THE MIDDLE SCHOOL MIND: FREE VIRTUAL LITERACY SUMMIT

Thursday, October 7, 2021, 11:00 a.m.–3:45 p.m.

Learn about:

  • What research tells us about the adolescent brain and how you can use it to inform your literacy instruction.
  • Unique, cognitively-driven educational needs of this grade span.
  • Insights and strategies that will help your ELA students this year.

REGISTER/MORE INFO HERE.


COLORIZATION

In celebration of the release of Wil Haygood’s book, Colorization: One Hundred Years of Black Films in a White World, Gramercy Books is partnering with the Drexel Theatre for an evening of conversation and film on Thursday, October 21st at 7pm. that explores Black filmmaking in Hollywood. In this groundbreaking book, the author of The Butler and Showdown examines 100 years of Black movies—using the struggles and triumphs of the artists, and the films themselves, as a prism to explore Black culture and the civil rights movement in America. Haygood will introduce the series in conversation with Drexel Theatre Director Jeremy Henthorn, entertain a brief Q&A following that evening’s screening of Foxy Brown starring Pam Grier, and sign books in the Drexel lobby. The cost to attend is $10, which includes that evening's film screening, Wil’s talk, a Q&A, and a book signing. Get Tickets!


LIBRARYCON LIVE (NEW)

Join Library Journal and School Library Journal on November 10 for the fifth annual LibraryCon Live! They're excited to present a day-long celebration of fandom lit, with panels devoted to horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and graphic novels. Plus, you can network online with other fans and explore their virtual exhibit hall.


2021 NCTE ANNUAL CONVENTION

NCTE 2021 will be a fully virtual event this year. From November 18–21, 2021, join your fellow language and literacy educators online for energizing community conversation, inspiring presentations from keynote speakers, and access to timely content to guide our practice and help us serve our students in these precarious times.

As an #NCTE21 attendee, you can look forward to:

  • 25 live general and keynote sessions, 200 live and prerecorded/scheduled sessions, and 300 on-demand sessions
  • Engaging opportunities for connecting with your peers, with authors, and with exhibitors via the online Convention platform
  • Access to archived #NCTE21 sessions for 90 days after the event

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS I REGISTER NOW


BONNIE CHAMBERS GRANT

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: https://www.octela.org/awards/bonnie-chambers/


LIFECHANGER OF THE YEAR AWARD

The LifeChanger of the Year Award seeks to honor K-12 educators, teachers, administrators or school staff members who make a positive difference in students’ lives. Submit nominations by Dec. 31.


GIVEAWAYS

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POETRY OUT LOUD REGISTRATION OPEN

Poetry Out Loud (POL) encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps high school students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary heritage and contemporary life. Created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is administered in partnership with the Ohio Arts Council and Wild Goose Creative. Teachers, librarians, or administrators register their high schools each year with the Ohio Arts Council and organize contests with one class, several classes, or a whole school. Contests, workshops, and multi-media program materials, including curricula, are free. Poetry Out Loud is aligned with Common Core and National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) standards.

REGISTER I CONTEST STRUCTURE

THURBER HOUSE: YOUNG WRITERS' STUDIO

"DON'T GET IT RIGHT, JUST GET IT WRITTEN." - JAMES THURBER

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, students in grades 9-12 are invited to join Thurber House for an opportunity to spend time with others who also like to write. With Columbus College of Art and Design professor Robert Loss, students will be challenged 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. Each session is $15 and can be paid in advance by registering online. They also have a limited number of scholarships available for students who would like to attend. REGISTER

YOUNG WRITERS’ STUDIO FALL 2021

  • Tuesday, October 5 from 6:30–8:30 pm

  • Tuesday, October 19 from 6:30–8:30 pm

  • Tuesday, November 2 from 6:30–8:30 pm

  • Tuesday, November 16 from 6:30–8:30 pm

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

250-Word microfiction challenge

The 3rd Annual nycmidnight 250-word Microfiction Challenge is a competition that challenges writers around the world to create very short stories no longer than 250 words based on genre, action, and word assignments in 24 hours. In the 1st Round (October 15-16, 2021), writers are placed randomly in groups and are assigned a genre, action, and word assignment. Writers have 24 hours to craft an original 250-word story in their assigned genre, with the assigned action taking place, and incorporating the assigned word. The judges choose a top 10 in each group to advance to the 2nd Round (December 17-18, 2021) where writers receive new assignments and again have 24 hours to craft original stories. Judges select the top 5 writers in each group from the 2nd Round to advance to the Final Round of the competition taking place February 4-5, 2022 where writers will receive their final assignment of the competition. Feedback from the judges is provided for every submission and there are thousands in cash and prizes for the winners. Sound like fun? It's easy to register. First, download and read the Official Rules & Participation Agreement. Once you've read through everything, you are ready to register by clicking the button below. The entry fee is USD$32*. Register Now.

-*Get $5 off the entry fee just for tweeting! Click here to make a post to Facebook or Twitter and receive a $5 promotional code.

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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.