June & July 2022 Secondary ELAOK Newsletter

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English Language Arts

June & July 2022

In this issue:

ELA Curriculum Framework

Since January of this year, a team of Oklahoma educators has worked to update the ELA Curriculum Framework website to reflect the 2021 Oklahoma Academic Standards for English Language Arts. The updates include the following:

  • objective analysis pages with student actions, teacher actions, recommendations, and key terms and related objectives
  • ACT and SAT correlations on the high school objective analysis pages
  • literacy progressions for twenty-four skills
  • glossary

A big thank you to all of the writers for this project:

  • Misty Eidson
  • Deann Jones
  • Sharon Morgan
  • Carrie Milburn
  • Heather Peters
  • Melinda Reeves
  • Sarah Seymore
  • Angie Toler
  • Brandy Hackett
  • Tracy Hunt
  • Alyssa Tyra
  • Karla Winslow
  • Mandi MacDonald
  • Rachel Morris
  • Drew Price
  • Erin Sturgeon

EngageOK on the Road sessions

Engage logo

The Oklahoma State Department of Education is excited to see you this summer for EngageOK on the Road in Woodward, Elk City, Lawton, Moore, Jenks, McAlester, and Durant.

The Whova app will be your hub for all conference information since we will not print paper programs. Please register now and then check back as the event gets closer for updates on the agenda, speakers, exhibitors, floor plans, and more!

I will be presenting the following sessions for Secondary ELA teachers:

Literature Circles in Secondary ELA Classrooms

  • From various genres to specific roles, literature circles can honor student choice and provide differentiation in secondary English Language Arts (ELA) classrooms. Experience a literature circle with a poem, and learn how to facilitate literature circles in your middle school or high school ELA class.

Using Picture Books to Build Secondary ELA Classroom Culture

  • Picture books pack a punch in a pint-sized package. Listen to a read-aloud, and learn how to incorporate picture books into your secondary English Language Arts class to review skills, teach terms, introduce units, and inspire writing. Leave with ideas to implement this coming school year.

Strategies to Involve All Learners in the Writing Process

  • The writing process includes five distinct stages: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. Secondary English Language Arts (ELA) students navigate these stages in unique ways. Learn strategies to engage all learners in each stage of the writing process, using ideas from the revised Curriculum Framework for ELA.

The dates and locations for EngageOK on the Road are listed below.

  • Monday, July 11: Woodward High School
  • Tuesday, July 12: Elk City High School
  • Wednesday, July 13: Lawton High School
  • Thursday, July 14: Southmoore High School
  • Monday, July 18: Jenks High School
  • Tuesday, July 19: McAlester High School
  • Wednesday, July 20: Durant High School

Have a conflict with an in-person date? Some virtual sessions will be offered at the end of July.

Spelling Bee Winner

girl with trophy

This year's Scripps National Spelling Bee winner is Harini Logan, 14, of San Antonio, Texas. Her winning word was moorhen, which means the female of the red grouse.

Oklahoma Writing Project Symposium

OWP flyer

The Oklahoma Writing Project will host its annual Power of Teaching Symposium on June 30 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Thurman J. White building on the campus of the University of Oklahoma. The event is free if you bring a friend. Register here.

Session Topics:

  • Increasing Rigor in the Classroom
  • Writing Across the Curriculum
  • Writing Process
  • Research-based instructional activities

OSRHE's Reading Conference

Reading Conference Save the Date flyer

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education invite you to their 15th annual reading conference. The theme is "Beyond Labels & Agendas: Practices that make a difference for readers." The conference is on Friday, September 2022, from 10:00 a.m. -- 2:45 p.m. at the Rose State College student union. Registration and further details will be available soon.

Monthly Features

Writing Prompt

This month's writing prompt comes from a teacher on Twitter whose work I admire. Pernille Ripp taught her students about flash fiction and then challenged her students to tell the same story in increasingly fewer words. You can see her assignment below if you would like to try it.

Another option is to expand some flash fiction you already know. Ernest Hemingway famously wrote the six-word story "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." Try expanding that story into 25, 100, or 200 words.

flash fiction prompt

Reading Quote

paul sweeney book quote