Secondary English Weekly #24


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Monday, March 22nd

  • Thurber House Adult Writing Class: Creativity and Healing (Part One), 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Register

Tuesday, March 23rd

Wednesday, March 24thThursday, March 25th
  • STUDYSYNC ASK-AN-EXPERT CCS-ONLY SESSION: 3:30-4:00 PM CCS-only Ask-an-Expert Sessions Zoom Link (ID: 985 4912 8122; Passcode: 399075)
  • StudySync Webinar: Refresh Your Routines: Reteach Any Skill with Spotlight Skills 7-7:30 PM — Register
  • Folger Education Webinar Shakespeare to Malcolm X: Helping ALL Students Grapple with Race and Complex Texts 8 PM Register here!

Friday, March 26th

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New Feature: You can now Record Your Teacher Feedback in StudySync

There is a new video feature in StudySync for feedback. Open StudySync using the Chrome browser to record personalized video feedback for students in your teacher reviews. Click the “Record Video Response” button, wait for the 3-2-1 countdown, and start recording. You will need to allow access to your mic and video. Students will see your video feedback alongside any written feedback and/or the rubric. Use the "Restart" button to re-record your feedback. Adjust the video settings to remove the countdown feature. Here is a Teacher Video Feedback tutorial so you can make the most of this new tool.


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


Are you thinking about having students utilize StudySync as part of your summer reading assignments? Or, are you teaching summer school and want to utilize StudySync in your lesson plans? If so, StudySync will be offering Solutions for Summer Learning webinars this spring to discuss how to best leverage their ELA resources during the summer months. StudySync provides extra learning opportunities to strengthen academic outcomes and increase student engagement. Learn how to use resources within StudySync to plan and customize instruction. Register at the links below for any of the upcoming live sessions. All registrants will receive a recording of the webinar on the following day.

Upcoming Virtual Meetups from ODE and ESC: English Language Arts

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 these sessions as they 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 (Middle & High School) Michelle Elia will spotlight the best strategies and resources to use when providing literacy intervention in a virtual environment to students in middle and high school on April 21, 3:45 - 5 p.m.Registration for this event is open until April 20. Registrants will receive a ZOOM link the morning of the session.
  • 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.


As we approach our much needed Spring Break, you may be thinking about places you can visit to get your first taste of normalcy since the pandemic began. Fortunately, Ohio offers some wonderful--and safe--outdoor travel destinations and driving tours that can cure even the worst cases of cabin fever. Check out See Ohio First, Ohio Humanities' heritage tourism hub, for information about historical sites, curated trails, and tours across Ohio. Visitors to the website can search for cultural and historical sites by region, location, interest, theme, or travel dates. Audio guides narrate interactive driving tours around the state, allowing listeners to deeply explore the stories of Ohio culture and heritage. Plan to enjoy some fresh air and discover something new!

StudySync's Annual Media Contest

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

UnBound Ed Summer Virtual Summit

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 Summer Bootcamp

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. 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.


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

Creativity and Healing (Part One), Monday, March 22 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Instructor: Niki Gnezda In this class, we will use images, metaphors, and the written word to explore deeper understandings of ourselves and our challenges. Through prose and/or poetry, we will memorialize our searches and transformations, thus enriching our perspectives on life. We will cover topics such as repressing pain vs. addressing it, building resilience, art therapy, stream of consciousness, and more. Learn More

Creativity and Healing (Part Two), Monday, March 29 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Instructor: Niki Gnezda Part Two of this class is a follow up to Part One's activities of using images, metaphors, and the written word to explore deeper understandings of ourselves and our challenges. This session will include in-depth discussions about your discoveries and writing processes, readings of work, and constructive class responses to the meaning in your work. Learn More

How to Improve Funny Writing with Smart Editing, Monday, April 5 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Instructor: Brooke Preston No matter your writing wheelhouse, a sharp punchline, a witty character, or an uproarious scene can inject life and balance into your work. Brooke Preston (writer and faculty member at The Second City) will cover the rules of humor and satire writing, including practical tips and exercises to evolve funny ideas into fleshed-out characters, jokes, or scenes that strike the right tone for your writing project. Learn More

Go Rogue! Travel Writing & Point of View, Thursday, April 8 | 6:00 – 7:00 pm, Instructor: Katherine Matthews This class is devoted to writing for the heck of it. Expect to be challenged and entertained with brand new activities and unexpected prompts. It’s a Rogue class, so you never know what to expect! This spring, Go Rogue! is a four-part series. Each week will focus on a different genre, so you can pick and choose your favorites—or sign up for all four and challenge yourself! Learn More

Recording the Pandemic: Your Personal Story, Monday, April 12 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Instructor: Niki Gnezda Our ancestors had memories of the 1918 Flu Epidemic that they never shared with us. Instructor Niki Gnezda’s own grandma lost three children, and there are so many questions she wishes she could have asked her. We can memorialize our experiences of this pandemic for future generations. Niki will inspire and guide you as you record history about what this year has been like for you. Learn More

On Writing—from Crisis to Catharsis, Monday, April 19 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Instructor: Lisa Lopez Snyder Are you struggling to create during this pandemic? In this session, we’ll create some “play” by mimicking vignettes from short stories, memoirs, and novels. By the end of this workshop, geared toward writers at any stage, you’ll have written more than a few fun drafts to find that release — and tinker with beyond this class. All that’s required is a sense of humor and a willingness to “play.” Learn More

Go Rogue! Horror Writing & Creating Tension, Thursday, April 22 | 6:00 – 7:00 pm, Instructor: Katherine Matthews This class is devoted to writing for the heck of it. Expect to be challenged and entertained with brand new activities and unexpected prompts. It’s a Rogue class, so you never know what to expect! This spring, Go Rogue! is a four-part series. Each week will focus on a different genre, so you can pick and choose your favorites—or sign up for all four and challenge yourself! Learn More

Starting Again After Writing Burnout, Monday, April 26 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Instructor: Brooke Preston Whether from an illness, rejection, new parenthood, or (ahem!) a global pandemic, almost every writer is occasionally unable to generate the energy to put their best words on paper. Too often, we attribute this to "writer's block" without examining the larger rhythms, reasons, and responses. In this workshop, we'll explore these seasons when life leads us away from creative pursuits, and how we can adapt, improve, and even benefit from them. Learn More

Mining Memories, Making Stories, Monday, May 3 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Instructor: Lisa Lopez Snyder Do you have an interesting memory to share, but struggle with how to tell it? This session, geared toward writers at any level, will help you transform your memories to the page with hands-on writing exercises. We’ll learn and apply techniques for writing the short memoir, including how to “unpack” transformative moments about a person, place, or thing. You’ll leave this workshop with at least three drafts. Learn More

Go Rogue! Poetry Writing & the Power of the Specific, Thursday, May 6 | 6:00 – 7:00 pm, Instructor: Katherine Matthews This class is devoted to writing for the heck of it. Expect to be challenged and entertained with brand new activities and unexpected prompts. It’s a Rogue class, so you never know what to expect! This spring, Go Rogue! is a four-part series. Each week will focus on a different genre, so you can pick and choose your favorites—or sign up for all four and challenge yourself! Learn More

Making Memories: Infuse Your Fiction and Nonfiction with Context, Monday, May 10 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Instructor: Tracy Lawson The cultural influence of our ancestors fades with each successive generation, and we sometimes need additional information to fully understand a story set in another place and time. Author Tracy Lawson will share research and interpretation tips that will give you a deeper contextual understanding of time and place so what you write about the past will never feel stodgy or dated. Learn More

Commit to Submit!, Monday, May 17 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Instructor: Lisa Lopez Snyder In this class, you'll learn how to conduct a targeted search of where to publish your work, tips for organizing that process, an overview of the protocols for submitting your work (including links to drafting query letters), and ways to find agents (primarily fiction/novel) and non-agented, small independent presses. Please note: This session does not focus on how to self-publish your work. Learn More

Go Rogue! Short Story Writing & Setting the Scene, Thursday, May 20 | 6:00 – 7:00 pm, Instructor: Katherine Matthews This class is devoted to writing for the heck of it. Expect to be challenged and entertained with brand new activities and unexpected prompts. It’s a Rogue class, so you never know what to expect! This spring, Go Rogue! is a four-part series. Each week will focus on a different genre, so you can pick and choose your favorites—or sign up for all four and challenge yourself! Learn More

Poetry Boot Camp, Monday, May 24 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Instructor: Scott Woods What is your poetry capable of under pressure? Are there missed opportunities in the nooks and crannies of your poems? Like a real boot camp, this session takes poems through the paces, running them through obstacles and challenges, and taking the work through the ringer in a series of exercises. Bring a poem (or create it in session) and watch it transform! Learn More

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  • A Quick Search of the StudySync Library (filtered for WOMEN'S LITERATURE) will bring up 141 texts. This Women's Literature in StudySync Google Sheet lists those texts and many more (almost 600) that can be found inside StudySync. The list contains information about author, year published, text type, and if it is included in a StudySync Unit. Think about how you can celebrate Women's History Month through text in your classroom.



  • Folger ENCORES: Rita Dove reads from "Shakespeare's Sisters" In this video, former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove reads a response to three lines that Queen Elizabeth I carved into a window during a period of confinement along with four other poems from her past collections. It was part of a 2012 exhibition entitled Shakespeare's Sisters, highlighting the remarkable if less well-known work of 15th- and 16th-century women from England and continental Europe. Click here to listen to an audio recording of the full event which included Linda Gregerson, Elizabeth Nunez, Jacqueline Osherow, Linda Pastan, and Jane Smiley offering their work in response to their early antecedents.




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The next course meeting day is TUESDAY, April 13th. 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. The district will plan to have some Course Meetings every second, Tuesday. The remaining dates are 4/13 and 5/11. We may not be able to have every course, every month due to the available number of hosting Zoom rooms, but we will offer as many as we can. You will be able to find the ones available for each date in this newsletter the week of the meetings.


Join NCTE and the LOC us for a special webinar on "Teaching Poetry: Living Nations, Living Words" on Wednesday, March 24, at 4 PM. Living Nations, Living Words is the signature project of US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo. Leading the discussion will be specialists from the Library of Congress and members of the National Council of Teachers of English and the National Council for the Social Studies. This event is open to the public; NCTE membership not required. Register HERE.


  • Shakespeare to Malcolm X: Helping ALL Students Grapple with Race and Complex Texts Thursday, March 25th at 8PM Light up your classroom, online and in real life. Learn how to set up a zone of student-centered, language-focused discovery. Let your students amaze you with their ability to make meaning from texts, all on their own. Experience firsthand a subversive, equitable way of getting students inside the language of complex texts. A way that works to engage and excite EVERY learner. A method beloved by teachers and students everywhere. An approach to teaching literary and informational texts that thousands of educators have called “transformative” and “life-changing.” Work through the same strategically scaffolded sequence of activities that you will do with your students, whether you’re online, in person, or hybrid. Engage with an intentionally created text set including such writers as Amanda Gorman, Yaa Gyasi, Julia Alvarez, Kazim Ali, Malcolm X, William Shakespeare, Jason Reynolds, Mary Shelley, and Suji Kwok Kim. Walk away with techniques you can use tomorrow and every day to help ALL students read with skill and confidence. Join the Folger community of brilliant, curious, caring, and committed teachers, and gain colleagues, ideas, and resources that will inspire you for the rest of your teaching life. Register here!


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


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 Ohio Teacher of the Year program annually identifies exceptional teachers and celebrates their effective, inspiring work both inside and outside of the classroom. The Department currently is accepting nominations for this prestigious honor. Submit nominations by April 9.


Through a memorandum of understanding with Taiwan’s Ministry of Education, the Ohio Department of Education and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Chicago invite Ohio English language arts, English as a second language and world language teachers to apply to the Teaching English in Taiwan Program. The program seeks new, experienced, and recently retired teachers who hold current Ohio licensure. Educators selected to work in Taiwan will teach English to elementary or middle school students for one academic year. Teaching contracts are from 10 to 11 months, depending on the placement.

Teaching English in Taiwan Program applications due by April 23


View the FREE Webinars here.

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


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.

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”


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)


Use MLEM21 at checkout for 20% off AMLE store where shipping is always free for AMLE members. During the entire month of March all orders will receive a bonus FREE copy of The Successful Middle School: This We Believe.


HERE are the highlighted contests and giveaways for March 2021.


HERE are the highlighted contests and giveaways.

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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”


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, March 30
  • Tuesday, April 13
  • Tuesday, April 27

A limited number of scholarships are available for this program. Email for more information.


Impact Teen Drivers invites young people to create original works showcasing their SOLUTIONS or STRATEGIES to fix the very real problem of distracted driving. Thanks to the generous support from NJM Insurance Group, students aged 14-22 can enter a 30-second PSA into the individual category and win up to $5,000 in the form of an educational grant!

In addition to the individual category, teachers and advisors who participate in a distracted driving social media campaign with their students can win up to $10,000 for their classroom/school.






For $15 students aged 9-14 can join a 50-minute class where they will discuss and sing along with Hamilton. They'll discuss how Hamilton came to Broadway, play some trivia, and learn and talk about topics they initiate. Classes are available through March 27th, but they are filling up fast. Check out all of the classes and register HERE.


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.


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.
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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.

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)

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

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did you miss earlier issues of the secondary english weekly newsletter?

Each week, this Secondary English Weekly Newsletter will be linked in an email sent to ELA and ELA-related teachers in Grades 6-12 and posted on the CCS English Language Arts 6-12 Page ( It will contain all of the latest information that could prove useful to you and your students. If you know of anyone who needs to be added to the mailing list, please send their name(s) to cphillips3865@columbus.k12.oh. Happy Educating!