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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 
 
 
 

 
 
Poetry Slam 2017
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THE CCS POETRY SLAM PARTICIPANTS AND WINNERS!!
The Ninth Annual Columbus City Schools District Poetry Slam held on Saturday, April 29th, at Eastmoor Academy showcased the talents of 50 students from six middle schools (CCPSG, Dominion, Indianlola, Johnson Park, Linden McKinley STEM, and Ridgeview) and eight high schools (Centennial, CAHS, Eastmoor Academy, Fort Hayes, Independence, Linden McKinley, Northland, and Whetstone). The students spit original poems to a packed theater of  eight judges, family, and fans for four hours. Trophies and medals were awarded to the top scoring poets and teams. 
           Middle School Division
1st Place Team-Indianola
2nd Place Team-Johnson Park
3rd Place Team-Ridgeview
High School Group Poem
1st Place Team-Fort Hayes
2nd Place Team-Eastmoor Academy
3rd Place Team-Centennial
High School Team
1st Place Team-Centennial
2nd Place Team-CAHS
3rd Place Team-Eastmoor Academy
High School Individual
1st Place-Mekayla Goodwin from Fort Hayes
2nd Place Team-Tomas Miriti Pacheco from CAHS
3rd Place Team-Kevin Porter from Eastmoor Academy
Spirit of the Slam Awards
Corrin Aldridge from Eastmoor Academy
Asia Mohamud from CAHS






        
 
Reimagine Teacher Conference
REGISTRATION LIMITED TO 400 TEACHERS (Deadline May 22nd) 
DO NOT MISS OUT ON THIS STELLAR EVENT!!
-You can now pre-register on CiMS. (# 1000025411). Choosing your sessions will happen soon:)
-You can come one or both days, June 14th and 15th.
-$100 stipend for each day and CEUs for sessions attended.
-CHECK OUT A PROMO VIDEO HERE.
-There Will Be Some English-Specific Sessions from
Springboard: Close Reading/Writing Workshop (6/14)
Perfection Learning Progress to Success: Struggling Secondary Readers(6/14)
Capitol University-Dr. Stephen Koch: Debate Teaching and Coaching (6/14)
Common Lit (Possible, Not Confirmed) (6/14)
ThinkCerca:Argument Writing/Bended Learning (6/14 and 6/15)
Learning Lab: Writing Workshop (6/15)
-There Will Be Some General Sessions from

Dru Tomlin, AMLE: Student Engagement (6/14)

Tisha Lewis: Career Connections for Personalized Learning in High School (6/14)

Deborah Sachs: Adolescent-How to Engage Middle & High School Students (6/14)

Transforming Kids-Curriculum, and Community Through Service Learning (6/14)

SPED for Regular Ed/Modifying Lessons (6/14)

ELL for Regular Ed/Modifying Lessons (6/14 and 6/15)

Building Real Relationships by Engaging Race and Restorative Practices (6/15)

Teach Like a Pirate (6/15)

Edmentum (6/15)

EdCite: Building AIR-aligned Assessments (6/15)

Battle for Kids: Shifting Practice to Promote Personalized Learning (6/15)

Learning Lab: Mindfulness (6/15)

Dwight Carter: Five Ways to Better Design School and Classroom Spaces(6/15)

 
READY Magazine: An Opportunity for Junior and Senior Girls

Ready Magazine, a quarterly publication that is designed with the beautiful diversity of women

and girls around the world in mind, is set to host its first mentoring workshop with junior and senior high school girls in Central Ohio.

-On June 27 & 28, 2017, Ready will kick off their first READY Publication Mentorship Initiative held at the Lincoln Theatre at 771 E. Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203. This initiative will begin with the READYHigh School Two-Day Writers Summit in Central Ohio, which will include eight (8) hours of content, and four (4) hours of READY Action Circles with READY regular contributors and mentors, marketing experts, literary professionals, and READY publishers.It will conclude with a:

--READY Special Edition print publication featuring every high school junior and senior girl participant of this two day writers summit (publication to release in September 2017), and

--READY to Mentor partnering a READY contributor with high school participants cultivating mentoring

relationships to enhance writing, and a

--READY internship for two high school students.

Interested junior and senior high school girls as of fall 2017 with an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher may copy and paste this link into your browser to complete application:

https://form.jotform.us/gedudley/2017-ready-publication-mentorship-i

~ 30 spaces available ~ Application Deadline is May 25, 2017 ~

 
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.
 
2017 Buckeye Children's and Teen Book Award Nominations: A Summer Reading Idea 2017 Buckeye Children's and Teen Book Award Nominations: A Summer Reading Idea
The newest nominees for the Buckeye Children's and Teen Book Award could be used for summer reading. 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 read the 2017 nominees to be ready to cast their vote beginning September 1st 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
 
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
 
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:)
 
2017 Educators Connect for Success Conference
Battelle for Kids is sponsoring the 2017 Educators Connect for Success conference on June 7-8 at The Ohio State University in Columbus. The event will feature inspiring keynote presentations and more than 100 learning sessions on topics related to the conference theme: Embracing Hope, Purpose, and Joy In Our Schools. Register here.
 
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 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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