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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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Plan to Attend the CCS Middle and High School District Poetry Slam on April 29th

Eastmoor Academy will be hosting the Ninth Annual Columbus City Schools District Poetry Slam on April 29 from 5-9pm.
Middle and High School Slam-General Information A poetry slam is an opportunity for our students to have a voice. Students from Central Ohio high and middle schools will be performing their original poetry in front of an audience and a panel of judges. Students are encouraged to write about what they know: their lives, their struggles, their successes. This is spoken word poetry. The slam helps our students to improve their writing and presenting skills and gives them an avenue of expression. In a poetry slam, the poets or groups of poets have three minutes to perform an original work. They may not use props or costumes. After they finish, the judges rate their poem on a scale of 1 to 10 (out to one decimal point) based upon their initial reaction to the poem. The top and bottom scores are discarded and the final three added to give the poets their score. The poets’ scores on a team are combined to make up the team score. The individual and the team with the highest scores in the finals are the winners.

High School Slam-The high school slam will have two rounds with a group poem competition in between the rounds. Each school will be able to have four individual poems (one poem per student) and a group poem (with up to six poets on stage). -Each poet or group will have three minutes to perform their poem, and after that time, they will be penalized on their score. -Poets may have their poems memorized or printed out. There will be a music stand on stage.

Middle School Slam The middle school slam will also have two rounds, but each of their four slots may be either an individual or group poem. No poet may be involved in more than one poem. The same time limits and rules from above apply.

 
REPORT YOUR OHIO AUTHOR READ-IN REPORT YOUR OHIO AUTHOR READ-IN
If you made the final READ20 Monday on April 10th an Ohio Author Read-InReport your Read-In at http://tinyurl.com/CCSohioauthor.
 
Columbus Students Rank First and Runner-up in the Senior Division of the Annual State-wide MLK Youth Oratorical Contest Columbus Students Rank First and Runner-up in the Senior Division of the Annual State-wide MLK Youth Oratorical Contest
Ohio students inspired by the lessons and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. presented original speeches on his teachings during the 18th Annual Statewide MLK Oratorical Contest sponsored by the Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission held April 7th in Columbus. Twenty-four regional contest winners from grades kindergarten through 12 spoke before judges and others at the King Arts Complex. Speakers were judged on performance, originality, and composition. Congratulations to our CCS students who were winners in the Senior Division (Grades 9-12).
First Place: Nana Eshun from Eastmoor Academy
Runner Up: Bre'Anna Walker from CAHS
 
CCS Student, Madeleine Schroeder, is the Poetry Out Loud State Winner! CCS Student, Madeleine Schroeder, is the Poetry Out Loud State Winner!
For the third time, a CCS student has won the Poetry Out Loud (POL) State Championship!!! Congratulations to Madeleine Schroeder, a senior at Columbus Alternative High School (CAHS), who won Ohio's 12 annual Poetry Out Loud State Finals held on Saturday, March 4th. Schroeder recited “The Gaffe” by C.K. Williams, “Snow Day” by Billy Collins, and “I Find No Peace” by Thomas Wyatt. As the state champion, Schroeder earned a $300 prize for herself and $500 for the CAHS library to purchase poetry books. She has also won an all-expense-paid trip to represent Ohio in the 2017 National Finals in Washington, D.C., on April 25-26 where she will compete for the top prize of $20,000. Jamie Foley, CAHS' English Chair, will attend the national finals with Schroeder. CCS had previous state champions in 2006 (CAHS) and 2014 (Centennial). Both of those champions did well in the national event with one winning the national title for $20,000 and one being the first-runner-up winning $10,000. We expect great things from Madeleine Here is a media release from the Ohio Arts announcing the 2017 Ohio Poetry Out Loud state champion!
 
CCS Student, Andrew Pierce, Won the NMA, Chapter #220, Leadership Speech Contest CCS Student, Andrew Pierce, Won the NMA, Chapter #220, Leadership Speech Contest
Andrew Pierce, a Sophomore at CAHS, won first place in the 2016-17 National Mangagement Association Leadership Speech Contest for Columbus Public Service Chapter #220. To compete, he had to write and deliver an original 4-6 minute speech on the topic of leadership. He received a plaque and $200. He will advance to the regional competition in Huntsville, Alabama in May. 

 
PreRegister on CiMS: Reimagine Teacher Conference for CCS Middle and High School Teachers
 
Add Books to the CCS English Teacher Reading List: What Are You Reading? Add Books to the CCS English Teacher Reading List: What Are You Reading?
The CCS ELA 6-12 Office often gets requests for book recommendations. We love talking with our colleagues about both literary and pedagogical titles and getting your recommendations as well. I have started a Google Form for all of the CCE ELA 6-12 teachers. It is a place for adding titles to and looking at reading suggestions from other CCS teachers. Go to http://tinyurl.com/CCSELABOOKS and add a suggestion for your colleagues. Once you have added a title, you will be given a link to use to see all of the other suggestions--you can even make a spreadsheet of the titles. Think about using one or more of them during our READ20 Monday events:)
 
Author Visits You May Want to Attend Author Visits You May Want to Attend
  • Colson Whitehead, the author of the Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning novel The Underground Railroad, will be at Bexley High School on April 28th at 7pm. Get your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/colson-whitehead-author-visit-april-28-tickets-32101440272. Tickets range from $15-20 for adults and are free for high school and college students. There will also be a book signing as part of the evening.
  • Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain, will appear at the Columbus Metropolitan Library (Downtown Branch) on April 9th at 2pm. You can register at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/carnegie-author-series-featuring-garth-stein-registration-32475698689.
  • Kory Stamper, author of Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries will share insights into the world of dictionary creation on Monday, April 10th at Gramercy Books in Bexley at 7pm. She explains why small words are the most difficult to define (have you ever tried to define "is"?), how it can take nine months to define a single word.
 
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 and next year. They will be aligned to the 2017 standards in the 2018-19 school year. The CCS Clear Learning Targets will be updated this summer 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.
 
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. See flyer detailing the deadlines and requirements.
 
PBL Summer Institute PBL Summer Institute
This summer, teachers can be students too! Take a few days out of your summer and sign up for the 2017 Project-Based Learning Ohio Institute, July 25-27 on the campus of New Albany-Plain Local Schools. The institute is an internationally attended academy that gives teachers a chance to learn and create new ways of educating and engaging students to get them ready for college and careers. Click HERE for a flyer about the event. Save $100 by registering before March 31st.
 
DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE Progress to Success Online Training: LEARN MORE ABOUT USING THE PROGRESS TO SUCCESS TEXTS WITH YOUR HIGH SCHOOL STRUGGLING READERS AND GET FREE LITERATURE TEXT SETS DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE Progress to Success Online Training: LEARN MORE ABOUT USING THE PROGRESS TO SUCCESS TEXTS WITH YOUR HIGH SCHOOL STRUGGLING READERS AND GET FREE LITERATURE TEXT SETS

The Progress to Success supplemental intervention texts from Perfection Learning are designed to help struggling readers at the secondary level successfully handle complex texts. The protocols used in these resources help students reading below grade level acquire skills for accessing texts beyond their Lexile level. Each high school has 40 student books for Grades 9-10 and 40 for Grades 11-12 that were delivered last spring.

--If you were unable to attend the Progress to Success Training on 11/10/16 and/or there was not a representative from your high school who attended that training and shared the training with your English department, plan to view that training online.


WATCH THESE THREE YOUTUBE TRAINING VIDEOS AND CONTACT TIM WANGER WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED TO RECEIVE YOUR FREE LITERATURE TEXT SETS.

Session 1: https://youtu.be/A0EDz8PUqNI

Session 2: https://youtu.be/__aiNqzcL7w

Session 3: https://youtu.be/ucq8IudQjH4

 
Making the Switch to MLA 8
All of you have probably seen the updates made to MLA formatting/citing for 2016. Please have our students make the transition from MLA 7 to MLA 8. We want them to be using the most recent version. There is a guide to the new version on this page. Click on "MLA 8" under "Additional Resources" in the red column. Don't forget that you and you students can see all of the changes at numerous online writing labs, such as the OWL at Purdue (https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/).
 
Professional and Instructional Growth: A Three Goal Challenge for ELA Teachers Professional and Instructional Growth: A Three Goal Challenge for ELA Teachers

The ELA 6-12 Curriculum Coordinators challenge you to meet three goals this year. If you agree to take the challenge—sign your pledge at http://tinyurl.com/elachallenge2016.

1. Increase Student Movement in Your Classroom Each day more research confirms the link between movement and learning. Brain researcher David Sousa claims that physical activity increases the amount of oxygen in our blood, and this oxygen is related to enhanced learning and memory. Donna Wilson’s Edutopia post described how movement increases oxygen flow to the brain (which enhances learning), as well as altering neurotransmitters and the structure of the brain.

2. Use the Reading/Writing Workshop Model to Promote Student-Centered Classrooms Workshop Models allow students to be supported as they master the Standards through mini-lessons and process tasks to create finished products.

3. Join a Professional Education Group and/or Subscribe to Their Journals Here are some state and national organizations worth joining this school year: NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English), AMLE (Association of Middle Level Education), OCTELA (Ohio Council for Teachers of English Language Arts), IRA (International Reading Association), ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development), and PDK (Phi Delta Kappa).

 
Read20: Every Monday at 10:20am Read20: Every Monday at 10:20am
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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