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English Language Arts Curriculum Grades 6-12
Carla Mae Phillips
Lead 6-12 English Curriculum Coordinator
Tim Wangler
6-12 English Curriculum Coordinator 

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The State Board of Education has approved some revisions to Ohio’s Learning Standards for English Language Arts proposed by the Ohio Department of Education based on recommendations of educators statewide. Know that the revisions for ELA 6-12 were minimal and likely encompass teaching already happening in your classrooms. For example, many of the changes added having a thesis in writings and clarifying perspective from point of view. Educators should begin transitioning to the revised standards during the 2017-18 school year, with full implementation during the 2018-19 school year. The AIR tests will be aligned to the 2010 standards this year. They will be aligned to the 2017 standards in the 2018-19 school year. The CCS Clear Learning Targets will be updated to reflect the changes. The revised standards with guiding docs have been added to this page. Just Click on "Ohio's Learning Standards" under Clear Learning Targets at the top of the red column.
Get Your Middle and High School Debate Teams Ready to Compete in the Winter Tournament on December 8th at Capital University
The date for the winter debate tournament has been set--December 8th from 8am-11pm at Capital University. You should begin forming your middle and high school debate teams now. This year will be the inaugural year for high school teams to compete! In conjunction with Capital University and the English Speaking Union of Columbus, the middle school portion of the tournament is organized through Gifted and Talented and the high school portion of the tournament is organized through Secondary Curriculum. Both middle and high school debates will be two-person team policy debates. The topic of the debate is Resolved: The United States Federal Government should significantly increase the federal minimum wage. More informational specifics including registration information will be finalized and sent out around September 15th. 
Netflix and Goodreads Invite Teachers to Join the Conversation (Deadline September 30th) Netflix and Goodreads Invite Teachers to Join the Conversation (Deadline September 30th)
Netflix and Goodreads have teamed up for an exciting opportunity to involve you and your class in the launch of a new film called First They Killed My Father. Directed by Angelina Jolie, this film is an adaptation of Loung Ung's bestselling memoir. This is a true story of one girl's courageous journey to survive the Khmer Rouge reign of terror in Cambodia. You can find out more about this opportunity HERE. When you join, you will have digital access to the novel and your students will be able to submit essays that make them eligible to win a $500 Amazon card and a signed copy of the book. Netflix will select a favorite submission to be featured in a Goodreads article and social media channels.
TeachingBooks' Monthly Giveaways

Check out TeachingBooks' September Contests & Giveaways, accompanied by multimedia resources!

  • The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg
  • Auma's Long Run by Eucabeth Odhiambo
  • Conejito by Margaret Read MacDonald

See the September Contests & Giveaways on our blog.

The Books Have Been Chosen for the 2107 Global Read Aloud Once a year, starting in early October and running through mid-November, teachers are invited to pick a book from the Global Read Aloud Books to read with students and make as many global connections as possible. Each teacher decides how much time they would like to dedicate and how involved they would like to be. Some people choose to connect with just one class, while others go for as many as possible. The scope and depth of the project is up to you. While there are official tools you can use such as Skype, Twitter, WriteAbout, or Edmodo, you choose the tools that will make the most sense for you. Teachers get a community of other educators to do a global project with, hopefully inspiring them to continue these connections through the year. Youcan sign-up to be part of the Global Read Aloud at https://theglobalreadaloud.com. The selections for Upper Elementary-High School are Peter Brown's The Wild Robot, Victoria J.Coe's Fenway and Hattie, Linda Sue Park's A Long Walk to Water, and Patrick Ness's A Monster Calls. 
2017 Buckeye Children's and Teen Book Award VOTING IS OPEN 2017 Buckeye Children's and Teen Book Award VOTING IS OPEN
The newest nominees for the Buckeye Children's and Teen Book Award could be used for classroom readings. The nominees and winners of the Buckeye Children's and Teen Book Award are chosen by Ohio students. Each year, Ohio students can nominate, read, and vote on their favorite books by Ohio authors. Currently, students can nominate books for the 2018 awards and to cast their votes for the 2017 nominees on the BCTBA site http://www.bcbookaward.info. Here are the 2017 Nominees:

For Grades 6-8:

  • Children of Eden by Joey Graceffa
  • Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • Ghost by Jason Reynolds
  • The Other Boy by M. G. Hennessey
  • Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

The Teen Buckeye Book Award (for grades 9-12):

  • Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
  • Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
  • The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
  • The Heir (The Selection bk. 4) by Keira Cass
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
MadLab Young Writers Program Submission Deadline November 18th MadLab Young Writers Program Submission Deadline November 18th
Now entering its 7th year, the MadLab Young Writers Program has worked with over 55 local high school students and produced almost 60 of their short plays. It is a way to help high school students grow as artists and playwrights, gain professional theatrical experience, and develop critical thinking and editing skills that will help them in the future. Each year, they select up to 10 short plays by local students to be produced in a festival. Over the course of 7 month program students will participate in writing workshops, see staged readings of their scripts by semi-professional actors, work with local and national playwright mentors to revise and improve their scripts, and produce the scripts as a full-scale production at MadLab. The Young Writers Program is offered at no cost to the students. More information, photos, and videos from previous years can be found on our website. http://madlab.net/young-writers.html. HERE is a flyer that can be shared with students. If you have any questions about Young Writers, please YoungWriters@madlab.net.
Poetry Out Loud: Registration Deadline is December 1st Poetry Out Loud: Registration Deadline is December 1st
-Poetry Out Loud is a contest that encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. The program helps high school students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.
*Register your school at http://www.oac.ohio.gov/poetryoutloud. Materials for holding classroom and school-wide contest are at this site. Also, please take a few minutes to watch the featured videos--you will see CCS students and teachers reciting poetry:) You can go to the national site to see more about Poetry Out Loud (http://www.poetryoutloud.org). This is one of the best competitions in Ohio and the Nation. Register today!!
Register Students for PenOhio: Ohio's High School Writing League Register Students for PenOhio: Ohio's High School Writing League
PenOhio is a writing league comprised of public, private, and parochial high schools across Ohio who want to see great literary talent inspired, challenged, and rewarded. Through major Regional and State Tournaments, JV & Varsity teams compete for top honors and scholarships each spring in narrative writing after engaging in rigorous after-school training. Register your high school now at https://penohio.wildapricot.org/join-us. 
•See the NEW WEBSITE: https://penohio.wildapricot.org/.
•Your school has the option of how to pay: you can elect to pay by credit card (online only), or you can receive an invoice.
•Take part in one of five 2017-2018 regional tournaments.
•The top 50% of writers will move on to PenOhio's 1st-ever State Finals in 2018.
•There is an eight-week, pre-tournament writers workshop. See a sample here:
Wellspring of Imagination Poetry Opportunity for High School Students Wellspring of Imagination Poetry Opportunity for High School Students
-Wellspring of Imagination is an extensive poetry program for high school students. It consists of an intensive three days (November 9-11) at Matthias Grove and The Decorative Arts Center of Lancaster with prominent poets, working on writing and presentation of poetry. The writing activities will be supplemented with hikes, music, and presentations from visual artists. The workshop culminates with a recital for family, teachers,and friends.  The participating poets will then mentor the students for the next calendar year. Please send the names of any students who would like to have this opportunity to Alan Cohen at owl111@frontier.com or 740-385-3918. You can visit the Wellspring Wepage for more information at www.powerofpoetry.org/wellspring_of_Imagination.htm.Here is a video of a past Wellspring culminating event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daWEMGhUkvg . Participation in Wellspring is a great way to grow your poets of the annual CCS District Poetry Slam. 
National YoungArts Foundation Writing Competition: Application is Open
Students ages 15-18 are encouraged to apply to the YoungArts national writing competition. The applications will be open until October 13th. Becoming a YoungArts winner means getting a cash award of up to $10,000, taking master classes with world-renowned artists, and giving yourself a chance to become a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Direct your students to https://app.getacceptd.com/youngarts to start an application. Other contests, such as visual arts and theater are available at the same site.
Creative Communication Writing Contests Creative Communication Writing Contests
Become a Published Writer!
-Creative Communication sponsors poetry and essay writing contests for middle and high school students throughout the school year. Click here for access to the Webpage. 
 2018 AP Conference: Call for Proposals 2018 AP Conference: Call for Proposals
Share your passion for Advanced Placement teaching by presenting at the 2018 AP Conference, July 18-22, 2018, in Houston, Texas. The deadline for submissions is November 10th.
Read20: Every DAY! Read20: Every DAY!
READ 20 is district-wide campaign to increase independent reading by our students. Since the summer of 2015, there has been a push to increase our students' independent reading through a campaign known as READ20. To continue providing support for this campaign, ask your students to make reading 20 minutes everyday outside of class a habit. To help make this campaign as success, please utilize the Resources on this page. Just click on "READ20 Toolkit and Resources" under READ20 in the red column. You will find a toolkit, campaign flyers, reading lists, and more. 



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