• 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!

How Many Do You Know?



This is our space to share ideas, collaborate on projects, and reflect on the themes of our 10th grade honors English course. Adding content and sharing has never been easier! We will build the knowledge on this site together by:

  • Reflecting on our learning using blogs,
  • Contributing to our online discussions by posting responses and questions, and
  • 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.

This I Believe

In the coming week, we'll be revising our essays in order to present them as speeches. This writing assignment is based on a National Public Radio program called "This I Believe" in which famous and everyday people write and present a short essay peppered with personal anecdotes on a belief they hold dear.  This is our task.

As you begin to revise, look for examples.  Use example, or mentor, texts to guide how you will write your piece.  In fact, why not use the work of Haverford students!  

Over the last five years, a number of the students have been published on the NPR "This I Believe" website. In fact, even Ms. Ward was published! “Just like my students, I can't express the thrill I felt at learning my piece was published. I hope that I can find ways for the next 600 students I teach to experience that same thrill of having their voice heard.”

You can read Ms. Ward's essay and other Haverford student essays on the This I Believe website.  Here’s a list of the current and former  students who have had their pieces published on the website:

We are reading Elie Wiesel's Holocaust memoir NIGHT

Making Connections:

Looking More Closely at the Past in Hopes of Understanding the Present And Changing the Future

“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”

 -Elie Wiesel

If you have a Delaware County library card, download a free audio version of this book by clicking HERE.  You'll also find audio versions to check out in our school library.

Over the course of our next few weeks we will be reading and reflecting on Elie Wiesel's Holocaust memoir Night. Our study will not simply be a literary study of this important text, but will serve as a connection between a past we vowed never to forget and those in the present who are currently suffering as a result prejudice, bigotry, and bias.  Our goal is to discuss the themes that make a text like Night so relevant to our experiences today. 


Significant Quotations Assignments

Demonstrate an understanding of themes found in Night as your craft a creative project and a theme-based essay

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WEEK 2: Roots Words

Each week our "Words of the Day" will all come from the same Latin or Greek root.  This week, our words come from the Latin root loq / loc referring to speech.

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