This is our space to share ideas, collaborate on projects, and reflect on the themes of our 10th grade honors American Literature course. Adding content and sharing has never been easier! We will build the knowledge on this site together by contributing to our online discussions by posting responses and questions, and through customizing a personal page (My Page).

Overall, this site should help us reflect on the themes and goals of the 10th grade English course, celebrate our accomplishments, and streamline how we share and learn information.



  • When you post, it is important to be respectful; be respectful of other people posting and respect yourself. This means that personal attacks, inappropriate language and content, insults and harassment of any kind are strictly forbidden. Consider this an online classroom and ask yourself if your comments would be acceptable in our physical classroom setting.


  • You will need to be sure that your comments and posts are adding to the discussion of the book or text. Before posting a comment, question, or blog entry, ask yourself, "will this forward the discussion we are having?" Your thoughts and ideas should be supported, and you should be using specific details to illustrate your ideas. Your posts should build on the discussion by responding to comments other students have made on a particular subject.


  • Yes, you will be graded on some of your contributions to this site. What does this mean? Your blog entries and forum posts should be thoughtful reflections, interesting ideas, and discussion provoking comments related to our texts. You will be told in advance which posts will be graded and how they will be assessed. Be sure to proofread before you post.

Good luck, have fun, and happy posting!



There are a number of ways to earn extra credit in our English class. Let's start with grammar.

It is surprising just how many grammar mistakes we pass by every day. Signs that are missing their apostrophes (or have apostrophes when they shouldn't). Newspaper articles with obvious misspellings. Advertisements littered with dangling modifiers and prepositions left to fend for themselves at the end of sentences. So why not point out these mistakes and get some extra credit in the process!


See a sign with a grammar mistake? Take a picture, email Ms. Ward with an explanation of the mistake, and she will post your pic here. We're looking for local examples here, not pictures that you pull off of a Google search or random websites. Keep it local. 

Every day there will be a new word of the day posted on our board. Use it in a sentence, find it in song lyrics, find it in a book and you'll earn a point of extra credit. Write down the sentence where you found our used the words of the day and bring it for the next class period to earn a point of extra credit.

Finally, you can earn extra credit by using our unit vocabulary words outside of class.  So head into World Cultures and use our vocabulary words when you talk with Mr. McCauley. If you do, write down the sentence you said, have your teacher sign it, and you earn a point of extra credit. Find your vocabulary words in books or lyrics, and it is extra credit!


#IonPassion Projects

The basic premise of our #IonPassion project is that it is student-driven, passion-based inquiry research. The idea behind this project started with Daniel Pink’s book Drive.  Pink, a former speechwriter for Al Gore turned author, cites an idea that started with the 3M company and was expanded by Google. Google encourages its employees to spend one day each work week, 20 percent of their work time, focusing on their own projects. Why? It turns out that when people have autonomy over their work, time to master their skills, and a clear purpose, they are more motivated to learn. And scientific studies and research supports this claim. In fact, Google’s philosophy of 20 percent time is how we have Gmail!





What do you want to learn? Each Friday during the fourth quarter, we will be using our time to research the topic of your choice, an idea you are passionate about. Your goal is to become an expert on that topic. But this project is not just about researching…it is about doing something with what you learn. To complete this project successfully you will:

  1. Pick a topic you are passionate about, something you want to learn. You may work alone or in small groups of no more than four students.

  2. Find a book on your topic to guide your learning.

  3. Pitch your project idea in a project proposal to the class for topic approval.

  4. Connect with an expert on your topic to interview.

  5. Blog each Friday reflecting on your progress. Each post should also incorporate reflections on how your selected book is guiding your research.

  6. Produce something – a presentation, a writing piece, a show, something tangible – that you share with people outside of our classroom.

  7. Reflect on what you have learned in a TED-style talk.

Here's what we are blogging about:

1st period honors tenth grade English

2nd period honors tenth grade English

7th period honors tenth grade English

Our Daily Agenda:

Please use the arrows in the lower left corner to scroll through our daily schedule. You can enlarge this presentation to full-screen making it easier to read by clicking on the X with arrows.

Welcome to our classroom!

Horror writers Montilee Stormer and Peggy Christie join us in class today to help us write our Gothic-inspired tales

Live streaming video by Ustream

Here's a little more about their visit to our classes on February 18th:


Local psychologist, Dr. Ward, talks with students about fear, dread, and the uncanny

Live streaming video by Ustream



Or, view our daily messages online HERE.


There are no birthdays today


Each week our "Words of the Day" will all come from the same Latin or Greek root. This week's words all share a common root from the Latin BELLI meaning "war."

Connect on Twitter

Latest Activity

Amy Raemont updated their profile
Apr 9
Amy Raemont is now a member of Ward's World
Apr 9
Georgia K updated their profile
Jan 9
Caitlynn D updated their profile
Jan 6


You are visitor

Hit Counter

© 2016   Created by Ms. Ward.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service