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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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STUDENT CONTESTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
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MLK Breakfast Speaker Contest OPEN MLK Breakfast Speaker Contest OPEN

CCS will select one student speaker to represent the district at the 2018 Martin Luther King Breakfast, held on January 15th at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Battelle Grand. The student chosen will get into the breakfast free and receive two complimentary tickets for his/her parent or guardians. The competition to become that speaker is open to all students in Grades 6-12Dr. Stanford, the CCS Deputy Superintendent, will introduce our student speaker at the event.

Theme of Speech: I STILL HAVE A DREAM

Length of Speech: 3 minutes max.

Deadline for Entry: Friday, December 15th

To Enter: Send Recordings of Student Speeches to cphillips3865@columbus.k12.oh.us or 740-228-1509 or Make a Request to Have CCS ELA 6-12 Curriculum Come to Your School and Record Student Speeches at cphillips3865@columbus.k12.oh.us or 614-365-8386.

Click HERE for flyer to share with students and post in your school.

 
CITY OF COLUMBUS DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. YOUTH ORATORICAL CONTEST-DEADLINE EXTEANDED-DECEMBER 4TH CITY OF COLUMBUS DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. YOUTH ORATORICAL CONTEST-DEADLINE EXTEANDED-DECEMBER 4TH

As you know, the City of Columbus Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Oratorical Contest has been showcasing the rhetorical skills of the best and brightest students since 2000. Our students often take top spots in this contest. Please encourage students to participate in this exciting event sponsored by the Department of Neighborhoods and Friends of the Community Relations Commission. This year’s theme is “MLK50: Legacy of Love in Pursuit of Justice.” The contest will be held at 12pm on Saturday, December 16th in the Fort Hayes Performing Arts Theater (546 Jack Gibbs Blvd.) Three winners will be chosen from each category (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12). The 6-8 and 9-12 winners go on to represent Columbus at the statewide competition in April 2018 and have an opportunity to speak at the MLK breakfast and afternoon celebration on January 15, 2018. Registration materials can be found HEREThe DEADLINE for submissions is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 4, 2017. If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Kai A. Landis, Event Consultant, at kai@greenrootsllc.com or (614) 484-7086.

 
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!!
 
HIGH SCHOOL DEBATE--INAUGURAL YEAR HIGH SCHOOL DEBATE--INAUGURAL YEAR

In conjunction with Capital University, CCS Secondary ELA and Social Studies Curriculum is sponsoring a winter debate tournament for Grades 9-12.

Debate Resolution: Resolved: The United States Federal Government should significantly increase the federal minimum wage.

Debate Type: Policy This is a two-on-two debate that focuses on a policy question that hones a student’s research, analytical, and delivery skills. Policy debate involves the proposal of a plan by the affirmative team to enact a policy, while the negative team offers reasons to reject that proposal and stay with the status quo. Throughout the debate, students give constructive and rebuttal speeches and have the opportunity to cross-examine one another. Each constructive speech is 8 minutes. Each Cross Examination is 3 minutes. Each Rebuttal is 5 minutes. Each team has 5 minutes of prep time that can be used during the debate. A judge or panel of judges determines the winner based on the arguments presented.

Debate Teams: Debate teams are made of two students. Those students prepare to debate both the affirmative and negative sides of the debate resolution. On the day of the debate, each two-person team will be told which side (affirmative or negative) they will be debating during each of the three rounds. Each school can bring up to five teams (10 students).

Date of Debate Tournament: Friday, December 8th from 8:30am-1pm Team Check-ins from 8-8:30am; Tournament from 8:30am-12:30pm (three rounds: 8:30-9:44, 9:50-11:04am, and 11:10am-12:24pm); Award Ceremony from 12:45-1pm.

Location of Debate Tournament: Capital University, Ruff Learning Center, 631 Pleasant Ridge, Bexley, OH 43209

Transportation: Cars (maybe buses). Teams should plan to come in cars, but we are putting in a request for buses. Because the tournament time is outside of the normal CCS field trip bus window, we may not get them. We will let you know as we get closer to the event if the busing request has been approved.

Lunch: Schools are responsible for making lunch arrangements either by ordering packed lunches from your school or by having students bring a packed lunch from home.

Permission Slips: A sample permission slip is located inside the Debate Folder.

Registration: Please register your school/teams by filling in all columns of the Registration Doc inside the Debate Folder by November 3rd. You will be able to continually update this document as you form your teams and get more specific information.

Debate Resources: Policy Debate and Resolution Resources can be found in the Debate Folder.


High School Debate Folder: https://tinyurl.com/debatehs2017.

 
CCS Middle School Debate-Winter Tournament on December 8th at Capital University CCS Middle School Debate-Winter Tournament on December 8th at Capital University
In conjunction with Capital University and the English Speaking Union of Columbus, CCS Gifted and Talented is sponsoring a middle school debate tournament.
-The debate resolution for this tournament is “Resolved that the U.S. federal government should significantly increase the federal minimum wage for workers in the United States.”
-There are two divisions available. Division 1 is open to students in grades 5 and 6 and Division 2 is open to students in grades 7 and 8. (Students in grade 6 may compete in D2). Each school may bring two teams of four to this competition.
-To register your teams, either fax, send electronically, or send through school mail the Debate Tournament Intent to Participate no later than Oct. 20, 2017.
-If you need help with facilitating debate in your school (even if you do not participate in the tournament), please feel free to contact Michele Ballinger or Vonda Spencer-Keane in Gifted and Talented for support and resources.
 
Register Students for PenOhio: Ohio's High School Writing League by December 31st Register Students for PenOhio: Ohio's High School Writing League by December 31st
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:
 
Ohio Poetry Association High School Contest DEADLINE IS JANUARY 25TH! Ohio Poetry Association High School Contest DEADLINE IS JANUARY 25TH!

The Ohio Poetry Association (OPA) High School Poetry Contest deadline is January 25th. The contest offers prizes and publication to high school winners in ten poetry categories (voices from the past, David Francis Smith Award, ekphrastic Ohio, humor, 4X4X$, free verse, sense of place, character sketch, ars poetica, and family matters). So many of these categories would fit into our curriculum! A grand prize winner will be published in Common Threads, OPA’s poetry journal. Ten winning poems will be sent on to the Manningham Trust Student Poetry Contest sponsored by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. Download the FLYER to distribute and get your students involved. Check out all of the specifics HERE

 
Letters About Literature Contest-Deadline January 12th Letters About Literature Contest-Deadline January 12th
-Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing contest for middle and high school students in which they read a book, poem, or speech and write to that author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged at state and national levels. Download the flyer with the deadlines for this school year and you can get teacher resources at http://read.gov/letters.  
 
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
 
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. 
 
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TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, CONTESTS, AND OPPORTUNITIES
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RECORDED SESSIONS FROM SEPTEMBER 22ND PD DAY ARE READY FOR COMMONLIT AND THINKCERCA
Great news--any teacher who has not been able to attend a professional development on CommonLit or any humanities teacher who has not been able to attend a professional development on ThinkCERCA can now do so at his/her convenience.
-CommonLit is an online literacy tool that contains literary and informational passages with standard-aligned questions, a guided reading mode for struggling readers, lesson plans, and paired texts among its features. It can be used in the same manner as a textbook. It can also be used by TBTs for common assessments targeting particular standards, by teachers/buildings for standard mastery diagnoses and monitoring, for simulating AIR assessments, for finding quality pairings for novels or themes, etc. Principals, department chairs, and coaches have access to building-wide data from this tool. Login information and the recorded training from 9/22 can be found HERE or by clicking on “CommonLit” under Literacy Tools in the red column of the ELA 6-12 Webpage (http://www.ccsoh.us/ELA6-12.aspx). Here is the direct link for the recorded video from September 22nd: https://youtu.be/Mx8pmf2b0LM.
-ThinkCERCA is a cross-curricular, argument-driven, standard-aligned literacy tool purchased for all humanities students in our district. It engages students through lessons centered on argument prompts. Students read sources, answer open-ended and standard-aligned questions, then compose an argument using the sources with writing process scaffolding. It should be used by both humanities English and social studies teachers. It can be used for class work, standard mastery and standardized test preparation. Login information and the recorded training from 9/22 can be found HERE or by clicking on “ThinkCERCA” under Literacy Tools in the red column of the ELA 6-12 Webpage (http://www.ccsoh.us/ELA6-12.aspx). Here is the direct link for the recorded video from September 22nd: https://youtu.be/8eDCHuujwIM.
 
TeachingBooks Upcoming Webinars/Twitter Chats: November and December TeachingBooks Upcoming Webinars/Twitter Chats: November and December


Skip Ahead to Summer Reading (Planning Ahead) Webinar

Join us on November 15 at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. In 20 minutes, you will learn to: Integrate resources into summer reading programs, Use Customized Reading Lists, and Share with students and community.

Rev Up Your STEM/STEAM Curriculum Webinar
December 13 at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. In 20 minutes, you will learn to: Discover rich literacy resources for STEAM titles, Provide models of real-world problem solving, and Engage all students with diverse digital resource.

 
Reserve your spots


STEM and STEAM Idea Sharing Twitter Chat

November 27 - 5:30 @TeachingBooks; #TBProfDev

Let's Talk About Book Groups and Literature Circle Activities Twitter Chat
December 19 - 4:30 @TeachingBooks; #TBProfDev

Skim the Storify for the latest TeacingBooks' Twitter Chat.

 
OHIO COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS (OCTELA)--CALL FOR PROPOSALS AND CONFERENCE REGISTRATION OHIO COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS (OCTELA)--CALL FOR PROPOSALS AND CONFERENCE REGISTRATION
The annual OCTELA conference will be held on February 23-24th at the Double Tree Hotel in Worthington. The theme this year is REVITALIZE: GETTING BACK TO TEACHING.
-If you have a presentation you think would perfectly fit this theme, please submit a proposal at https://www.octela.org/2018-2/submissions/. The deadline is December 20th.
-If you have not registered and plan to attend, go to https://www.octela.org/2018-2/registration/.
-You can see the entire conference page by going to https://www.octela.org/2018-2/.
 
CollegeBoard's A Dream Deferred Conference: The Future of African American Education CollegeBoard's A Dream Deferred Conference: The Future of African American Education
HERE is a link to register for CollegeBoard's A Dream Deferred Conference in Houston, Texas, from March 18-20. Sessions include: Culturally Responsive Instructional Design, Creating a College-Going Culture, and Preparing African American Students for postsecondary success. The Deadline to register is January 12, 2018. 
CCS Google Trainings
Here is a list of upcoming, in-house Google trainings for secondary educators offered by Lynda Ray, our CCS K-12 Instructional Technology Coordinator. You can register for them on CiMS
Introduction to Google Drive, Docs, and Slides-Grades 6-12
11/29/17, 3:30-5:30pm @ Linmoor Education Center Room 105
Introduction to Google Sites-Grades 6-12
1/18/18, 3:30-5:30pm @ Linmoor Education Center Room 105
 
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NEWS AND CELEBRATIONS
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Literature Prizes Literature Prizes
Think about checking out some of these award-winning titles:)
-Nobel Prize for Literature: Kazuo Ishiguro (The Buried Giant, Never Let Me Go, The Remains of the Day, When We Were Orphans, An Artist of the Floating World, The Unconsoled, A Pale View of Hills, Nocturnes, etc.)
-Thurber Prize for American Humor: Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
-National Book Award Finalists:
Fiction Elliot Ackerman: Dark at the Crossing, Lisa Ko: The Leavers, Min Jin Lee: Pachinko, Carmen Maria Machado: Her Body and Other Parties: Stories, Jesmyn Ward: Sing, Unburied, Sing;
Nonfiction Erica Armstrong Dunbar: Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge, Frances FitzGerald: The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America, Masha Gessen: The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, David Grann: Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, Nancy MacLean: Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America;
Poetry Frank Bidart: Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016, Leslie Harrison: The Book of Endings, Layli Long Soldier: WHEREAS, Shane McCrae: In the Language of My Captor, Danez Smith: Don't Call Us Dead: Poems;
Young People's Literature Elana K. Arnold: What Girls Are Made Of , Robin Benway: Far from the Tree, Erika L. Sánchez: I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, Rita Williams-Garcia: Clayton Byrd Goes Underground, Ibi Zoboi: American Street
 
REVISIONS TO OHIO'S ELA LEARNING STANDARDS REVISIONS TO OHIO'S ELA LEARNING STANDARDS
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.
 
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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