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English Language Arts 6-12

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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Poetry Slam BANNER The 10th Annual CCS Poetry Slam Happens THIS SATURDAY, April 28th at 5pm!!
Plan to attend the best student event in CCS! The following middle and high schools will be competing this Saturday, April 28th, from 5-9pm at Eastmoor Academy for individual poet medals, team medals, and trophies! 
Middle Schools: Berwick, Buckeye Lake, CCPSG, Dominion, Indianola Informal, Linden STEM, Sherwood, Ridgeview, and Yorktown. 
High Schools: Beechcroft, Centennial, CAHS, Eastmoor Academy, Fort Hayes, and Linden McKinley. 
We wish all of the coaches and poets and awesome night!
CCS and WBNS logos 2018 Roy Briscoe Journalism Scholarship

Columbus City Schools and WBNS-TV are pleased to announce the 2018 Roy Briscoe Journalism Scholarship. The $500 scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding senior who plans to pursue the study of journalism, communications, public relations, or a related field in college. The scholarship was established in memory of news anchor Roy Briscoe by his family and WBNS-TV. Briscoe anchored the 10TV news from 1960-1989.

Applicant Requirements:

-Student must be a graduating senior who will pursue a career in journalism, communications, or related field in college 

-Student GPA should be 3.0, but a range will be considered after examining other factors.

-Student must document community service, extracurriculars, work experience, and need.

-Student must include a portfolio of his/her best work demonstrating excellence in journalism or  communications.

-Student must include a recommendation from his/her English, speech, photography, creative writing, newspaper, or yearbook teacher/advisor. 

-After applying, selected students will be asked to present their portfolios to a panel of judges.

-A stipulation will be made that the student will still be eligible for other scholarship money.

-Scholarship money will be paid to the winning student’s four-year college after receiving evidence of enrollment.

Contest Timeline:  Now-April 30, 2018: Students submit applications to the CCS ELA 6-12 Curriculum Office c/o Carla Phillips (Sherwood Middle School, Room 209A, 1400 Shady Lane Rd., Columbus, OH 43227).  Week of May 7th: Judges meet to screen applicants and select those who will present their  portfolios and be interviewed and Selected students are interviewed.May 15: Winner is announced and Award is presented to winner.

Application: Click HERE for application.

Willy Wonka is looking for five great 100-word story ideas from students who are between the ages of 5-12. Students can submit as many story ideas as they wish by May 1st at 
https://www.imaginormouschallenge.com/enter/. The five winning submissions will be transformed into one of these magnificent creations: a song for the theater, a new toy design, an immersive Minecraft world, a published e-book, or a new candy. Teachers can get free resources and contest posters  for their rooms at https://www.imaginormouschallenge.com/teachers/

Capital University Debate and Film Camps-JUNE 10-15

Learn from Capital’s Communication and Film professors during this one-week immersive summer camp experience for students ages 11-13* and 14-17 interested in exploring the creative arts. 

They will offer three camps this summer: Film Production, High School Debate Camp, and Middle School Debate Camp*. The overnight campers will stay in one of the supervised residence halls, be provided breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner, and participate in classes and activities. Recreational activities will be scheduled in the evenings.Overnight residential fee per participant (which includes all meals and fees) is $765.

*Middle School Debate Camp is a daytime only camp for students ages 11-13. The day campers will be provided lunch, snacks, and participate in all classes and activities. Middle School Debate camp fee per participant (which includes all meals and fees) is $300. 

Go to http://www.capital.edu/creativeartscamps/#creative for more info and to register.

The summer camp teachers are excited to work with students on creating new worlds, adding suspense to stories, breaking out new poetry prompts, using music, nature, and more to inspire the senses, and maybe a little improv and lots of laughing along the way. Students will not be bored. Campers bring their own lunch each day; Thurber House provides an afternoon snack. The camps last from 9am-4pm and are offered each of the following weeks: 
July 16-20       July 23-27       July 30-Aug. 3       Aug. 6-10
Students can register for a full day (8am-4pm) of creative activities designed to help them explore a variety of writing types. All participants will contribute to a camp anthology and receive a free shirt and goody bag. The cost is $40 and the deadline to register is June 13th. Spots are limited. To register, visit nwp-ksu.org. For more information, contact Aleesha Bradick and Angela Briggs at writingcampksu@yahoo.com or call 330-805-1306. 

Creative Communication Writing Contests image 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. 
ACT logo ACT Academy
ACT Academy™ is a free online learning tool and test practice program designed to help students master the skills they need to improve their ACT scores and succeed in college and career. It provides students with a personalized study plan based on their scores from the ACT® test, PreACT®, or official ACT practice tests through video lessons, interactive practice questions, full-length practice tests, educational games and other materials targeted to their academic needs.
ACT Academy features: 
-Personalized resources
-Accessible anytime/anywhere a user has an internet connection
-Both a full length test option as well as test sections
-Educational games to drive mastery of content
CHECK IT OUT HERE: www.act.org/academy.
Check out all Standard-aligned resources in the FULL OpenEd library: https://www.opened.com. 
author at work Online Writing Resources from The Center for School, College, and Career Resources
Check out THIS link when you need some additional ideas to help you when you are outlining, researching, and writing essays.  
On June 11-13, 2018, CCS will host the Reimagine "Me" conference.  This year's theme is Reimagine "Me" where the entire focus of the conference will be to stretch attendees to reimagine their students as learners and/or themselves as educators through innovative approaches to how to address the whole child and to support teachers with fulfilling the department's vision that "Teachers will teach and students will master the Ohio Learning Standards in meaningful and engaging ways beyond the depth and rigor students are expected to perform and be assessed." To do this, along with national and local presenters, we want to hear from you! Conference strands include: Blended Learning, Project-Based Learning, Social-Emotional Learning, Student-Centered Environments and Innovative Approaches for Teaching Content.  
If you have a cool idea, innovative strategy, or an approach to teaching and learning that aligns with any of these strands, our vision, or the Reimagine "Me" theme, help your fellow educators out and apply to present!  No idea is too small! 
Please submit your idea through the Reimagine "Me" Call for Presenters link below by Friday, May 4, 2018.  Proposals may be submitted individually or as pairs of co-presenters. A committee will review your application and make selections based on conference goal alignment and topics needed.  You will be notified no later than Friday, May 18.  Sessions will be 50 minutes and will be scheduled for Tuesday, June 12. Presenters will be paid the current hourly rate on the day of their presentation and for two hours of planning. 
AIR logo Computer Grading for ELA AIR Exams
In the past, the ELA AIR Exams were graded by a combination of computers and people. Computers graded the multiple choice, multi-select, hot text, evidence-based selected response (Part A/Part B), table-match, and some short answer items. Some of the short answer and all of the written response (multi-paragraph writings) were graded by people. Starting with the Spring 2018 administration of AIR, all items, including the multi-paragraph written response items will be computer graded.  Twenty-five percent of the tests will also be human-scored to check validity and any tests recieving a 0 for "Prompt Copy" (see definition in link below) will also be hand-scored. Here are some guiding docs from ODE concerning the machine scoring: 
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR US? The test is aligned with Ohio's Learning Standards and the interface for taking the test is the same. Continue to teach the Standards for student mastery. Continue to use AIR-like questions in your classroom. Continue to use CommonLit and similar tools that combine readings with Standard-aligned questions. Continue to allow students to do practice questions in the Ohio portal (or portals from other AIR states). And, continue to use the ELA 6-12 Page to get AIR prep info and items http://www.ccsoh.us//AIR-AmericanInstitutesforResearch.aspx.  
EdCite Ohio Common Assessment Initiative
EdCite's Ohio Common Assessment Initiative allows you to send students a released Ohio State Test in an AIR-aligned viewer on Edcite. Simply select the assessment and share the link with students. You can also opt-in to compare your data to the average of all participating submissions. Learn more about this optional comparative report here. CLICK HERE TO FIND AN ASSESSMENT.
Think about spreading your good ideas with other teachers around the state by submitting a proposal.
-OCTELA 2019 Spring Conference: Lighting the Fire: Inspiring Creativity in Teaching and Learning  March 1 & March 2, 2019/DoubleTree Worthington

You should now see the CommonLit icon showing up in your Clever Apps.  Also, if you go directly to CommonLit (https://www.commonlit.org), you will now see both a "Log in with Google" and a "Log in with Clever" button. You will soon be able to transition to the Clever Rostering. Please be patient with the transition as techs at both CommonLit and CCS are working very diligently:) You will know it is ready when, after clicking on the CommonLit icon through Clever or the "Log in with Clever" button at the CommonLit site, it reacts in the way described in the slides linked HERE and above. Please know that if you click on the CommonLit icon on Clever or "Log in with Clever" button and it is not working correctly, it will redirect you to the Google login page, so there will not be any interruption is service.
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.
WriQ image WriQ--A Google Add-on for Scoring Essays
-As many of you know, our district licenses for Essay Scorer from Pearson have expired for many or are due to expire for others at the end of the year. Here is a recorded Webinar for a Google Add-on called WriQ that has to ability to score argumentative, informative/explanatory, and narrative essays for grammar, punctuation, and spelling; then the add-on allows teachers to interactively score the essay for focus, organization/structure, development, and language. It puts the computer and teacher scored rubric at the top of the student's essay. It also keeps a dashboard for all essays scored. You can get the FREE add-on in Google and try it yourself. This Webinar will orient you to the tool.
Have You Tried Quill?
If you have been looking for free tools to make your students better writers through writing and grammar activities, check out Quill at http://www.quill.org/. It could be a great to use as a station during writing workshop or be included in your blended learning classrooms. 
Kaizena is Now a Google Add-on
Kaizena has been made into a Google Docs Add-on. It lets you record voice comments, save feedback for re-use, and track rubric criteria directly inside Google Docs. You can find the new Kaizena here, on the Google Add-ons storeHaving it as an Google Add-on means fewer steps for you to provide feedback and a more integrated workflow. Students will be able to edit their work immediately after receiving your feedback, instead of referring to a separate copy on Kaizena. It is easier for peers to provide feedback - any Google Doc collaborator can provide feedback! In addition to voice comments, you can also save time providing high quality feedback with Lessons: re-use common feedback and embed youtube videos to explain common concepts, and Skills: track evidence of skills students demonstrate in their work. You can access a quick how-to guide HERE.
The State Library Of Ohio, Ohioana Library Association, And Ohio Center For The Book Are Pleased To Announce The 20 Books Selected For The 2019 & 2020 Choose To Read Ohio (CTRO) Booklist. The 2019 & 2020 Booklist Signifies A 10-Year Milestone For CTRO. 
-Books For Tweens/Middle GradesDog Man By Dav Pilkey, Saving Wonder By Mary Knight, Things That Surprise You By Jennifer Maschari, Under Their Skin By Margaret Peterson Haddix, And Zoe In Wonderland By Brenda Woods
-Books For Teens: American Ace By Marilyn Nelson, Don’t Get Caught By Kurt Dinan, The Female Of The Species By Mindy McGinnis, Good Brother, Bad Brother: The Story Of John Wilkes Booth And Edwin Booth By James Cross Giblin, When We Collided By Emery Lord
-Books For Adults: Epitaph: A Novel Of The O.K. Corral By Mary Doria Russell, Ill Will By Dan Chaon, Lost Cleveland By Laura DeMarco, Showdown: Thurgood Marshall And The Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America By Wil Haygood, Six Days In Cincinnati: A Graphic Account Of The Riots That Shook The Nation A Decade Before Black Lives Matter By Dan Méndez Moore
You Can See The Full List At Https://Library.ohio.gov/News/Books-Selected-Choose-Read-Ohio-2019-2020/ And There Will Be Teacher Toolkits For Each Of These Titles Written This Summer And Will Be Available At Http://Library.ohio.gov/Ctro
ALA Award-Winning Books Were Announced Last Monday. Check out the Winners!
Listed below are some of the lead winners of announced on February 12th. See American Library Association 2018 Winners for all of the vote-getters.
John Newberry Medal (Outstanding Contribution to Children's Lit)-Hello, Universe by Erin Estrada Kelly
Coretta Scott King Book Award-Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson
Coretta Scott King/Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement-Eloise Greenfield
Michael L. Printz Award(Excellence in Young Adult Lit)-We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Michael L. Printz Honor Books-The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas; Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds; Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor; Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman
Alex Awards (Ten Best Adult Books for Teens)-All Systems Red by Martha Wells; The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson; Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuireElectric Arches by Eve L. Ewing; A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea by Melissa Fleming; Malagash by Joey ComeauRoughneck by Jeff LemireShe Rides Shotgun by Jordan HarpeThings We Have in Common by Tasha Kavanag; and AnUnkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Award (Substantial/Lasting Contribution to Children's Literature-Jaqueline Woodson
Margaret A. Edwards Award (Lifetime Achievement for Young Adult Writing)-Angela Johnson
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award-Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961 by Larry Dane Brimmer
William C. Morris Award (Debut Teen Book by First-Time Author)-The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults-Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman
The Great American Read PBS Book Selection
PBS is trying to find the nation's favorite novel. The Great American Read PBS book list narrowed down the choices to 100 books! See if your favorites made the list and get ready to vote after the series premiere on May 22, 2018. Go to to.pbs.org/2HNAObu to see all of the books, find out more about them, and then vote in late May.
Literature Prizes image Literature Prizes
Think about checking out some of these award-winning titles:)
-Pulitzer Prizes: Fictoion (Less by Andrew Greer), Biography (Praririe Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser), Nonfiction (Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black American by James Forman, Jr.)
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
Read20: Every Day Outside of Class!! image Read20: Every Day Outside of Class!!
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. 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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