Oregon English Language Arts (ela) Teacher Update # 4 September 5, 2008 Please forward this issue of the English Teacher Update to interested colleagues!

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Oregon English Language Arts (ELA) Teacher Update # 4

September 5, 2008

Please forward this issue of the English Teacher Update to interested colleagues!

Teachers may sign up for this monthly e-newsletter and other content teacher newsletters at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1843. Previous issues are located at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1876.

  1. Welcome to the Oregon English Teacher Update!

  2. Order your Oregon 2008 Summer Reading Certificates by October 1

  3. Writing and Speaking Work Samples Required

  4. Administrators’ Toolkit” for Diploma Implementation is Online

  5. 2008-09 On-line Oregon Standards Newspaper Now Available

  6. Oregon 150 Opportunities—Coming Soon!

  7. C-SPAN Classroom’s StudentCam 2009 Competition

  8. Explore Visual Literacy, OCTE Fall Conference, October 10, State In-Service Day

  9. Peggy Sharp to Speak October 10, Capital Reading Conference, Salem

  10. OASL Co-Sponsors Fall conference, “Elect to Lead,” Oct. 9-11, Oregon Convention Center

  11. NCTE Web Seminar September 23: Get Students Writing in New and Exciting Ways!

  12. Oregon’s Fourth Annual Poetry Out Loud Contest

  13. NCTE Pathways Online Professional Development Program

  14. First Freedom Student Competition National Essay Contest

  15. Fulbright Teacher Exchange Educational Opportunity

  16. Thinkfinity.org Offers Excellent Resources Across Subjects and Grades

  17. Oregon Reads 2009

  18. Oregon 150…Teachers and Students….Tell Your Oregon Stories!

  19. The Oregon Encyclopedia: A True Reflection of Who Oregonians Are Today

  20. Join the Oregon Council of Teachers of English (OCTE)

  21. Join the Oregon Reading Association (ORA)

  22. How to Submit Articles

  23. ODE Resources (in every issue)

1. Welcome to the Oregon English Teacher Update

Welcome to the fourth issue of the Oregon English Language Arts Teacher Update. This e-mail newsletter is designed to provide current information concerning Oregon English Language Arts Education directly to classroom teachers. Please let your colleagues know that they can receive the newsletter by listserv, access it online, or use the RSS web feed service. Find out more about each of these options, sign up for the newsletter and other ODE content newsletters, and view the current issue and past issues at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1843. Please let us know of particular topics you would like addressed in future editions by contacting Julie Anderson at julie.anderson@state.or.us.

2. Order your Oregon 2008 Summer Reading Certificates by October 1

Summer Reading Certificates are available until October 1. Teachers have an opportunity to recognize their students’ summer reading achievements by presenting them with an Oregon Summer Reading Certificate signed by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Susan Castillo and the State Librarian, Jim Scheppke.

To earn a certificate, a student presents a list to you of ten books read or listened to over the summer. The list is signed by a parent/caregiver.  The 2008 Oregon Summer Reading Certificate has the official Collaborative Summer Library Program art by illustrator Harry Bliss. To order copies of the certificates, contact Pat Bruebaker, Oregon Department of Education, at 503-947-5677. Certificates were printed courtesy of the Oregon Education Association (OEA).

Oregon public libraries and public schools have experienced significant increases in the number of children and teens participating in the summer reading program.  Several libraries reported participation doubled since last year, reported Katie Anderson, Youth Services Consultant, Oregon State Library and organizer of the event. 

3. Writing and Speaking Work Samples Required

As of July 2008, the Assessment of Essential Skills OAR 581- 022- 0615 states:

(2) School districts and public charter schools that offer grades 3 through 8 or high school shall administer local performance assessments for students in grades 3 through 8 and at least once in high school. For each skill area which has been phased in for local performance assessments, the assessments shall consist of:

a. One work sample per grade scored using official state scoring guides; or

b. Comparable measures adopted by the district.

This rule applies to Writing and Speaking and the administration of at least one local performance assessment for each. The current Writing and Speaking Scoring Guides and Work Samples have been approved as meeting the local performance assessment for Writing and Speaking. For more information, see http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=524 for writing and http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=237 for speaking. For further information concerning writing and speaking assessment, contact Ken Hermens at 503-947-5830 or e-mail ken.hermens@state.or.us.

4. “Administrators’ Toolkit” for Diploma Implementation is Online

The “Administrators’ Toolkit: 10 Tools to Help Implement the Oregon Diploma” http://www.cosa.k12.or.us/profdev/administratorstoolkit.html provides tools and information to help districts and schools plan for and implement the Oregon diploma requirements. This summer the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) partnered with the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) to bring together a group of administrators from around the state to develop the Toolkit. If you have questions, please contact Theresa Levy, ODE at Theresa.levy@state.or.us or Colin Cameron, COSA at colin@cosa.k12.or.us.

5. 2008-09 On-line Oregon Standards Newspaper Now Available

The 2008-09 on-line Oregon Standards Newspaper is now available to teachers, administrators, and staff through the Oregon Department of Education’s REAL website at http://www.ode.state.or.us/teachlearn/real/newspaper/. As you may already know, ODE is no longer printing the Oregon Standards Newspaper. It is now an online publication and teachers have the ability to print the entire Oregon Standards Newspaper or just selected sections. If you have questions, please contact Tanya Frisendahl at tanya.frisendahl@state.or.us or 503-947-5754.

6. Oregon 150 Opportunities—Coming Soon!

Looking for ways to connect your classroom to the activities and events of Oregon’s Sesquicentennial? The Oregon 150 education web page will provide project ideas and links to various groups and agencies that are providing resources for teachers. Go to http://www.oregon150.org/education/.

7. C-SPAN Classroom’s StudentCam 2009 Competition

C-SPAN Classroom has launched StudentCam 2009! The deadline for the competition is Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009. Students can get information on the following website: http://www.studentcam.org/. Videos must be between 5 and 8 minutes in duration. The theme is "A message to the New President." Entry submission information will be posted at a later date. A total of $50,000 in prizes will be awarded. The competition is open to students in grades 6 through 12. Students are required to include C-SPAN video and more than one point of view. For questions about StudentCam 2009, C-SPAN staff can be reached through the toll free Educators' Hotline, 800.523-7586. The regular C-SPAN Classroom website is: www.c-spanclassroom.org.

8. Explore Visual Literacy, OCTE Fall Conference, October 10, State In-Service Day

On Friday, October 10 (statewide in service day), the Oregon Council of Teachers of English (OCTE) http://www.octe.org/ offers a full day of conference sessions and workshops for elementary, middle, high school, and college levels at Lake Oswego High School. The focus will be on learning experiences that encourage students to develop visual literacy skills: to think critically about how images convey meaning, and to understand and to produce visual messages.

Pre-registration is due September 29. Access pre-registration forms at http://www.octe.org/conferences/08%20LOHS%20pre-registration.pdf. Registration fees: OCTE Members, $60; group pre-registration for 5 or more OCTE members pre-registering, $45 each; non-members, $70; full-time students and retirees, $30; on-site registration, $80. See additional information about the conference at http://www.octe.org/conferences/conferences.html.

Join your teaching colleagues and…

  • Gather practical suggestions for pairing graphic novels with more traditional texts, creatively and effectively integrating sequential art narratives into the classroom.

  • Explore the impact of non-verbal elements in film by examining the production designer’s original storyboard for To Kill a Mockingbird.

  • Learn strategies to facilitate the interpretation of both written (fiction and non-fiction) and visual texts.

  • Discover wordless fiction in picture storybooks, film, and illustrated novels.

  • Incorporate drama into your classroom to get students to understand character, conflict, and consequences in a visceral way.

  • Experience fly fishing as a teaching strategy for A River Runs Through It.

  • Prepare for Oregon’s sesquicentennial with The Oregon Encyclopedia Project, the exciting upcoming online resource for learning about all things Oregon.

  • Choose from among many other presentations.

  • Earn 5 PDUs for continuing licensure.

OCTE October 10 Conference schedule:

7:30 – 8:25 a.m. Registration, Continental Breakfast, Exhibits

8:30 – 9:30 a.m Opening Session Keynote: James Bucky Carter, editor

Building Literacy Connections with Graphic Novels: Page by Page, Panel by Panel (NCTE, 2007)--Speaker Co-sponsored by NCTE

9:40 – 10:40 a.m. Concurrent Sessions I by Oregon Teachers

Featured Presentation: Susan Fletcher, Alphabet of Dreams

OCTE Oregon Spirit book award winner

10:50 – 11:50 a.m. Concurrent Sessions II by Oregon Teachers

12:00 – 12:55 p.m. Lunch, Exhibits

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions III by Oregon Teachers

2:10 – 3:10 p.m. Closing Session Keynote: Dr. William L. Lang, PSU, Editor-in-Chief

The Oregon Encyclopedia Project


[See additional details in the August issue of the English Teacher Update at http://www.ode.state.or.us/teachlearn/subjects/elarts/curriculum/update/orelateacherupdate3.rtf]

9. Peggy Sharp to Speak October 10, Capital Reading Conference, Salem

The Capital Reading Council, an affiliate of the Oregon Reading Association (ORA), will feature Dr. Peggy Sharp at the Capital Reading Annual Conference on October 10, 2008, State Inservice Day, at Parrish Middle School, 802 Capitol St. NE, Salem. Her topic, “Keeping Them Reading in a Technological World,” will look at the very best new books for readers and strategies for using them (and your old favorites) in your reading program. She is an expert at selecting high-quality new books and providing ideas for using them with lots of “kid appeal.”

An internationally recognized expert on children’s books and a well-known presenter across the country, Peggy is popular with teachers and librarians alike. She will speak from 8:00—11:30 am. Registration is $35 prior to October 1 and $40 after October 1. Full time students can register for $30, which includes an IRA membership! Mark your calendars for this one, and see the registration form and more information at http://www.oregonread.org/lccapital.html.
10. OASL Co-Sponsors Fall conference, “Elect to Lead,” Oct. 9-11, Oregon Convention Center

The Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL) http://www.oasl.info/ Joint Conference, “Elect to Lead,” with the Washington Library Media Association, will be held October 9-11 at the Oregon Convention Center. Please see website for registration information and program details http://oemawlma2008.org/registration.htm. Topics of interest to English teachers include: “Designing Research Projects that Kids Love,” “Connecting with Reluctant Teen Readers,” and “A Feast of New Literature for Teens.” Frank McCourt, author of “Angela’s Ashes” and “Teacher Man,” will be the Friday evening banquet speaker.

11. NCTE Web Seminar September 23: Get Students Writing in New and Exciting Ways!

Participate in the next Web seminar of NCTE's fall series. The seminar "Mapping Words and Images: Writing Graphic Novels with Adolescents,” presented by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and Bucky Carter is scheduled for Tuesday, September 23, 4:30 pm- 5:30 pm EDT. This seminar is a great opportunity to discover excellent practical and classroom-tested ideas for using the graphic novel format to get students writing in new and exciting ways—on your own or with your team/department. Simply register one person in the group to reserve your virtual seat, and then invite as many participants as you would like to join you around your computer, all for the low price of $79. There are only 100 virtual seats available for this Web seminar; register early.

12. Oregon’s Fourth Annual Poetry Out Loud Contest

The Oregon Arts Commission, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, announces the 2009 Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest http://www.oregonartscommission.org/education/. Now in its fourth year in Oregon, Poetry Out Loud http://www.poetryoutloud.org/ encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition. Schools are invited to adopt the 2008 – 2009 Poetry Out Loud curriculum, present school-wide contests, and advance to the state competition, to be held Saturday, March 14, 2009, in Salem. Oregon’s state champion will advance to the national finals, April 26 - 28, 2009 in Washington, DC. Oregon’s 2008 state champion, Sophia Soberon from Brookings-Harbor High School, took second place in the national finals and was awarded a $10,000 college scholarship. Congratulations, Sophia!

Poetry Out Loud dates and key information:

  • September 17, 2008: An Oregon Poetry Out Loud Curriculum Guide for 2008-2009 will be available online at http://www.oregonartscommission.org/education/.

  • November 3, 2008: Deadline to register your school for participation. The 2008-2009 Poetry Out Loud School Application is located at http://www.oregonartscommission.org/2009%20POL%20school%20application.pdf. Materials will be mailed out at that time (e.g., Poetry Out Loud CD's, posters and printed anthologies. New this year is a DVD with examples of stellar performances at Nationals, including one from Sophia Soberon)

  • February 25, 2009: Deadline for holding your school contest and registering a contestant for the state contest.

  • March 14, 2009: State Contest in Salem

  • April 26-28, 2009: National Contest in Washington DC

Poetry Out Loud seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers by capitalizing on the latest trends in poetry - recitation and performance. The program builds on the resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, as seen in the slam poetry movement and the immense popularity of rap music. Poetry Out Loud invites the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word and theater into the English class. Through Poetry Out Loud, students can master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.

The NEA and the Poetry Foundation have awarded grants to state arts agencies, established prizes, and will coordinate the national finals next April. With this support, the Oregon Arts Commission is able to make Poetry Out Loud -- and its scholarship opportunities -- available to all public, private and parochial high schools across the state. Please share this information and invitation with colleagues. Contact: Deb Vaughn, Arts Education Coordinator, Oregon Arts Commission deborah.vaughn@state.or.us or 503-986-0085

13. NCTE Pathways Online Professional Development Program

Back to school means the kickoff of countless school learning communities. Pathways http://www.ncte.org/profdev/online/pathways provides research and best practices along with the tools to customize the program to support teachers at all levels of experience. Drawing on the resources of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the program provides job-embedded professional development in the areas of Adolescent Literacy, English Language Learners (ELL), and 21st Century Literacies.

14. First Freedom Student Competition National Essay Contest

The Council for America's First Freedom www.firstfreedom.org announces the 16th annual First Freedom Student Competition http://www.firstfreedom.org/education/students.html. This national essay contest offers 9th - 12th grade students an opportunity to compete for a $3,000, $1,500 and $750 award, as they examine the First Amendment and the history and relevance of religious freedom in America and the world today.

This year’s topic introduces students to George Washington’s famous statement about “mere” toleration in his 1790 letter to the Jewish congregation of Newport, Rhode Island. Students will identify the basic principles of religious liberty espoused in this primary document and will further research and assess how well the United States has lived up to Washington’s ideal. In addition to the monetary award, the first-place winner and his or her teacher (or other adult chaperone) will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Newport, Rhode Island in mid-August 2009 for the annual VIP reading of President Washington’s historic letter.

Student online registration is due by Monday, November 24, 2008 with the postmark entry deadline on Friday, November 28.

15. Fulbright Teacher Exchange Educational Opportunity

Sponsored by the United States Department of State, the Fulbright Teacher Exchange directs one-to-one classroom exchanges to many countries for teachers of all curricular levels, kindergarten-post secondary. Most exchanges occur for an academic year. India and the United Kingdom offers fall semester-long exchanges and the United Kingdom also offers six-week exchanges. Italy and Greece offer eight-week classical seminars for teachers of Latin, Greek or the Classics.

In addition to the teacher exchanges, there are administrative job-shadowing opportunities to Mexico and Argentina. Jordan, Thailand, and Uruguay currently offer opportunities to host incoming administrators during site visits to the United States.

The application deadline is October 15, 2008 for the 2009-2010 program year. For more information and/or an application visit: http://www.fulbrightexchanges.org or call (800)726-0479.

16. Thinkfinity.org Offers Excellent Resources Across Subjects and Grades

Thinkfinity (http://www.thinkfinity.org/) is the Verizon Foundation's comprehensive online portal to more than 55,000 educational and literacy resources for teachers, parents and students. Resources include standards-based and grade-specific K-12 lesson plans, and engaging interactive activities provided in partnership with many of the nation's leading educational and literacy organizations. Thinkfinity offers elementary through high school teachers’ resources across eight academic disciplines, from science to English to mathematics, to improve student achievement. The portal is designed to help teachers gain access to online resources quickly.

To make the Thinkfinity site even more valuable to teachers, students, and parents, the Verizon Foundation recently announced several enhancements and improvements, including the addition of 500 new resources, and individual portals to allow users to search for resources targeted to educators, students, parents, or after-school programs. In addition to providing standards-based resources from the nation's leading educational and literacy organizations, the site also offers a comprehensive professional development program that allows teachers to sign up for free online or face-to-face training to learn how to make the most of Thinkfinity tools. Triangle Coalition member, the Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, supports the advancement of literacy and K-12 education.
17. Oregon Reads 2009

Sponsored by the Oregon Library Association, Oregon Reads 2009 http://www.oregonreads2009.org/ is a community reads program that will take place in nearly every public library and in every county in Oregon during the state’s sesquicentennial January through April 2009. Why not every school? [See more information in news item # 11 of the August 2008 English Teacher Update at http://www.ode.state.or.us/teachlearn/subjects/elarts/curriculum/update/orelateacherupdate3.rtf]

18. Oregon 150…Teachers and Students….Tell Your Oregon Stories!

Oregon 150 http://www.oregon150.org/oregon-stories/ is sponsoring a sesquicentennial opportunity to submit personal testimonials (personal narratives in the Oregon Writing Standards!) on what being an Oregonian means to you--or your students. Superintendent Susan Castillo wrote the featured story for July. Tell your Oregon story now—go to http://www.oregon150.org/tell-your-oregon-story/ for information. All forms of storytelling, including written narrative, audio, video, poems, or painting are welcome! Check out the interview questions to help jump-start ideas, or read through our toolkit to see what Oregon 150 suggests might help you or your students get started. Many of these stories will be aired on public radio and television during 2009. Help Oregon celebrate!

19. The Oregon Encyclopedia: A True Reflection of Who Oregonians Are Today

The Oregon Encyclopedia http://www.oregonencyclopedia.org/ will include entries on all parts of the state, with special attention to smaller communities. It will include information on Oregon history, art, architecture, literature, anthropology, ethnology, folklore, and more.

Public Community Meetings will be held on the project throughout 2008 in all corners of the state. These meetings will provide information about The Oregon Encyclopedia and open discussions of significant events, people, places, and institutions that should be considered for inclusion.

The meetings will tap into local sources of historical and cultural knowledge and give Oregonians the opportunity to gain ownership of what goes into the Encyclopedia. Members of the Oregon Encyclopedia's distinguished Editorial board, Editors-in-Chief, and staff will facilitate the meetings. Several meetings will be organized as writing workshops where prospective authors can work on pieces for The Oregon Encyclopedia with literary experts to guide the process. See community meeting calendar at http://www.oregonencyclopedia.org/content/events/.

20. Join the Oregon Council of Teachers of English (OCTE)

The Oregon Council of Teachers of English http://www.octe.org/, an affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English, is an organization for all who are interested in the teaching of English. For more than 60 years, OCTE has offered quality professional development programs for teachers of English and language arts. Annual membership is $25; membership information is located at http://www.octe.org/membership.html. The membership form is at http://www.octe.org/docs/MembershipApp.doc.

21. Join the Oregon Reading Association (ORA)

The Oregon Reading Association, affiliate of the International Reading Association, is an organization for all who are interested in reading instruction and the promotion of lifetime reading habits. Annual membership is $25; a membership form and complete information about the organization can be accessed at http://www.oregonread.org/.

22. How to Submit Articles 

  If you or your colleagues would like to submit articles to this publication, please email publication-ready short articles for the Oregon English Language Arts Teacher Update by the fourth to the last working day of the month to julie.anderson@state.or.us. Please include links and contact information, but no attachments. The newsletter will be posted and e-mailed early each month. Please forward this newsletter to any interested educators who might want to submit articles of interest to Oregon English teachers. Most of the articles are submissions.

23. ODE Resources (in every issue)

English Language Arts Announcements: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=8

English Language Arts Content Standards: http://www.ode.state.or.us/teachlearn/real/newspaper/Newspaper_Section.aspx?subjectcd=el

Oregon Achievement Standards Summary:


Scoring Guides:


Content Area Teacher Newsletters: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1843

State Adopted Instructional Materials for English Language Arts :

To see the list of adopted materials, go to http://www.ode.state.or.us/teachlearn/instructionalmaterials/englishlangarts.pdf For publisher representative information, go to http://www.ode.state.or.us/teachlearn/instructionalmaterials/pubrepelarts.pdf

ODE English Language Arts web pages:

English Language Arts “landing” page: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=8

Curriculum: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1617

Assessment: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1307

Resources for Educational Achievement and Leadership (REAL) http://www.ode.state.or.us/teachlearn/real/

Get Ready Oregon http://www.getreadyoregon.org/

Oregon Diploma: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=368

Contact the State English Language Arts Specialists:

Julie Anderson Curriculum, julie.anderson@state.or.us, 503.947.5613

Ken Hermens, Assessment, ken.hermens@state.or.us 503.947.5679
****Disclaimer--The materials contained in the Oregon English Language Arts Teacher Update produced by Oregon Department of Education are drawn from both internal and external sources and inclusion of external materials does not necessarily indicate Oregon Department of Education endorsement.****
Julie Anderson

English Language Arts Specialist

Oregon Department of Education

255 Capitol St. NE, Salem, OR 97310



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