WELCOME TO THE ENGLISH IN MIDDLE GRADES SITE!

Before using content, please consult with your administrator. Parent communication is suggested and may be required prior to using resources.

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its future success.

Care Package [hyperlink]: Poems, Meditations, Films, and other Cultural Nutrients

Care Package is the Asian Pacific American Center's online exhibition curated with love in difficult times. This exhibition includes short films, poems, music, and meditations.

Other links:

https://asianpacificheritage.gov/for-teachers/

https://smithsonianapa.org/bookdragon/

NOTE: Please speak with your admin and/or instructional coach prior to using any materials.

2022 LWP Invitational Summer Institute memo 3-22-22.pdf

2022 Lowcountry Writing Project

Greetings from the College of Charleston! As summer approaches I would like to share a few of our online graduate PD courses that are now available:

  1. 2 new R2S Courses for Elementary Teachers

    1. NEW! EDPD 826 Q: R2S Elementary Content Area Reading and Writing Using Science of Reading Principles (#22-474) Opens July 6, 2022 and ends August 17, 2022 - 3 hours graduate PD credit

    2. NEW! EDPD 826 R: R2S Instructional Practices and Science of Reading (#22-480) Opens July 9, 2022 and ends August 20, 2022 - 3 hours graduate PD credit

  2. EDPD 812 Q – Foundations of School Law - 3 hours graduate PD credit

  3. EDPD 814 M – Managing the Classroom for Student Achievement - 3 hours graduate PD credit

  4. VirtualSC graduate professional development courses for those seeking endorsements in the following areas:

    1. Online Teaching Endorsement

    2. Project-Based Learning Endorsement

    3. R2S Literacy Specialist Endorsement

    4. R2S Literacy Coaching Endorsement

    5. Transformative Educational Practices

    6. Gifted and Talented Endorsement
      VirtualSC PD webpage can be found
      here

For more detailed information, please visit our online course listings.

ActivInspire Replacement for Notebook (1).pdf

Hello ActiviInspire - Good-Bye SMART Notebook

YourActivInspireAdventureFlyer.pdf

ActivInspire Coursework Summer 2022

May - Canvas Updates

Canvas Updates - May

Updates are also displayed when you log into Canvas [if you haven't already]

Visible Learning by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, & John Hattie

Book Study Session 3

April 29, 11 AM

Join Zoom Meeting Passcode: 225961

Yes, this is PD with Social Studies language, however, the strategies and approaches to delivering impactful, engaging strategies are easily transferrable to ELA.

DBQ Summer Training has been created and is ready for enrollment!

This training is FREE to CCSD teachers and secondary teachers have access to the DBQ online platform (via Clever). There are multiple date options for summer training and I am happy to award Frontline credit for anyone who completes the training. Find more details here: https://www.smore.com/k86ge-dbq-u-summer-2022?ref=email

Yes, we have access to Literature DBQs, which may be aligned with TDA preparation.

2021-2022_AWQ_Flyer_2_25_22 (1).pdf
HEN Flyer_MPL_School_R2.pdf

Omar Ibn Said

This is the story of Omar Ibn Said, whose perspective is often missed when considering the people who were enslaved in the late 1700s - early 1800s.


Most students don't spend much time thinking about who these people were and sometimes walk away with the misunderstanding that these people were uneducated or deserving of enslavement.


Omar's story fights that narrative.


Omar was a wealthy, highly educated Muslim scholar. His story is the ONLY story we have written from an enslaved person during that time. He wrote his story in Arabic and scholars believe that because his story was written in Arabic he was able to freely speak about his circumstances without censorship. His story has been uncovered, documented, and is now housed in the Library of Congress.


Spoleto collaborated with Jonathan Green to create these books for our students and Spoleto is debuting the Omar Ibn Said opera in May. Omar's story is becoming more nationally recognized and I am so excited that we are able to share his story too!


Collaborate with your 8th Grade SS teacher(s) if you want to co-teach. Your SS teacher(s) may email Lacy_Bryant@charleston.k12.sc.us and let her know how many copies of the book you all would like delivered to your school.

Resources:

Spoleto's Website with PDF version of the book.

Learn more about News Bank: Black Life in America Database


Black Life in America Database Webinar~ Join NewsBank for an overview webinar of our new Black Life in America database on Sept 23 at 3PM. You can register here. Even if you can't attend, a link to the recording will be sent to you afterward.

Big News in Digital Resources for SS & ELA!

CCSD Teachers have just been granted access to NewsBank: Black Life in America Database. You can access this database through CANVAS or MackinVIA (MyPortal > Clever > MackinVIA).

Overview: From the early days of slavery to modern times, people of African descent have had a profound impact on American history. This primary source collection offers an expansive window into centuries of African American history, culture and daily life—as well as the ways the dominant culture has portrayed and perceived people of African descent.

Black Life in America covers the experience and impact of African Americans as recorded by the news media, from 1704 to today. This resource is designed to support classroom discussions and research around issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.

The Lunchroom Fight

This lesson is an introduction to Digital Citizenship and Information Literacy. Students will uncover why & how different people see the same event in multiple ways. The original lesson came from SHEG.

View the lesson here.

The SC BAR presents Mock Trial for Elementary, Middle, and High School Students!

Elementary - Was Goldilocks a criminal? She is now accused of breaking and entering, vandalism, and theft! Elementary students will use common fairy tails to learn about how the legal system works, public speaking, argument writing, using evidence, etc... These activities are appropriate beginning with 2nd grade.

Middle - Hands-on learning about due process with an option to take this beyond the classroom to small group competition. Consider using the elementary curriculum for engaging in-class lessons.

High - High school students work with local attorneys to prepare for the Mock Trial competition.

Centropa is proud to offer its annual Milton Wolf Prize for Student Advocacy. Projects do not have to be a part of a class project - students can complete on their own. Sponsoring teachers are eligible to earn a scholarship to Centropa’s Summer Academy in Europe. See their site and FAQs for more information.

DBQ Self-Paced Courses

MS ELA teachers have access to DBQ online for the 2021/2022 school year! (Yes, we have literature DBQs)

Getting Started with DBQ Online | Teacher Access | Student Access

Register for - DBQ 101

These self-paced courses familiarize teachers with The DBQ Project Method. Teachers will learn how to make the DBQ process engaging and powerful for students. Participants will work through the steps of The DBQ Project Method at their own pace, pausing to reflect and practice along the way.


Overview:

  • DBQ 101 is equivalent to our DBQ Full Day Introductory Workshop.

  • This self-paced course takes between 5-6 hours to complete.

  • Courses will be open for 30 days after launch.

  • Courses will launch on September 14, October 12, November 9, and December 14.

  • Participants will receive a certificate of completion when they finish the course. To finalize your PD credits, email Lacy Bryant a copy of your Certificate of Completion.

This self-paced course will show CCSD teachers how to use the DBQ Online Platform. The course takes between 1-2 hours to complete and is intended for teachers who have completed DBQ 101 training (either an in-person training in the past 5 years OR the self-paced DBQ 101 course).

Overview:

Participants will learn

  • How to add a class

  • How to create and customize assignments

  • How to access additional teacher supports

  • How to enroll students in a class

  • How to access and provide feedback on student work

  • Participants will receive a certificate of completion when they finish the course. To finalize your PD credits, email Lacy Bryant a copy of your Certificate of Completion.

Excited to teach your next novel?

NoRedInk’s new Quick Write prompts can make the experience even better! Chapter by chapter, these standards-aligned questions encourage analysis and personal reflection, helping students process what they have read.

Choose a novel to see a wide selection of prompts:

The Giver | The Outsiders | The House on Mango Street | Romeo and Juliet | Wonder | The Hate U Give | . . . and 8 more.

If you aren’t planning to read one of the books above, you can still save time by using customizable "for any novel" Quick Writes.

Happy reading and writing!

The NoRedInk Team


Mastery Connect Screen Reader

Directions below [hyperlinked]


Making Speech to Text An Option


Using Text to Speech


Eight-Tips-to-Google-Like-a-Pro_2021_FINALVERSION.pdf

The Dock is created & curated by the CCSD Department of Innovation & Digital Learning. The goal of The Dock is to provide teachers with video support on tools & concepts that enhance their work.

USC Aiken 2021 GT_GRANT FLYER.pdf

Initial & Advanced GT Endorsement Information from UofSC Aiken

Converse Announcement Grants 2021-22 (1) (2).pdf

Initial & Advanced GT Endorsement Information from Converse College


WU_GT2022_flyer.pdf

GT Graduate Course Information

ready_earthquake-information-sheet.pdf

Earthquake Preparation Information

2022 SCCTE Conference Flyer.pdf

SCCTE 2022 Conference Information

You can receive recertification credit for attending these PLOs in Frontline. See the flyer below.

Got Extra PD? New Frontline Professional Growth Form.pdf

Achieve 3000 Level Set Windows

Fall: 08/23/21 - 09/24/21

Winter: 11/29/21 - 12/17/21

Spring: 03/21/22 - 04/08/22


Writing Corner

Tips and reflections on building a confident community of writers

  • Students connect with writing when they’re represented in curriculums. Learn how our new interests, texts, and prompts honor their diversity and expand their perspectives in our Being Culturally Responsive with NoRedInk webinar (Click the link on the redirect page).


Strategy:

READ - THINK - WRITE - TALK

Think-Pair-Share with intentionality around constructing thoughts prior to sharing out. This strategy can be applied to any text or non-text analysis to create multiple access points for scholars.

Streamable Learning = Live interactive virtual field trips for CCSD Teachers & Students! Log into CLEVER to see this month's offerings and register your class for a session!

"Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble."

--John Lewis

MS ELA Instructional Specialist by appointment