TED Talk of the Week:

Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.



  • 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.

Our SSR Research Projects

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.

Introduction to The Kite Runner:

The Kite Runner

Throughout the month of November we will be reading, reflecting, and discussing the novel 
The Kite Runner. Set in Afghanistan, this powerful story focuses on the friendship of two young boys and how betrayal can be devastating and life-change for both boys. We'll be connecting our reading with our previous discussions of themes from
 our SSR memoirs and our reading of 
Night. And we'll also be using
 literary criticism to aid in our interpretation of the pivotal events of this story. Below are resources to supplement your reading of this amazing novel.

Resources for Reading:

  • Our schedule for reading
 The Kite Runner
  • Listen to this interview with the author to learn more about his background and his first book
The Kite Runner.
  • And start your exploration by going right to the source - Khaled Hosseini's website!
  • Keep track of each character's moral leanings using this character grid
  • And this literary criticism sheet will help us begin to apply our new knowledge of literary criticism approaches

  • We'll also keep track of recurring motifs using this sheet
  • And
 here's a wealth of information about Afghanistan,
The Kite Runner, and so much more that Ms. Ward has put together for our study of this novel.

  • Be sure to check out these interviews with author Khaled Hosseini:

Presenting The Kite Runner: Organizing our chapter presentations

Visiting Authors

Three Authors Speak with Haverford High School Students

While it may have been gloomy outside Thursday afternoon, Haverford High School's library was a buzz with activity when three authors came to speak with students about the craft of writing and share their newest publications. Young adult authors E.C. MyersEllen Jensen Abbott, and Marie Lamba spoke with high school students in Ms. Ward's tenth grade English and Creative Writing courses on Thursday, November 6th as part of a program called Speak Up! for Pennsylvania Libraries. Organized with the help of Haverford Township Free Library, the three authors spent time speaking to students about their writing inspirations and experiences being published.

Students also had the opportunity to ask questions of the writers. The authors answered a variety of questions, on everything from their writing habits to advice for getting published, as well as questions about where each author found inspiration to which spice they would be.

The visit from the authors coincided with Ms. Ward's classes working on publications of their own. Earlier in the week, Ms. Ward's creative writing students used Skype to speak with Ms. Leah Nicholson, the book production manager at Jenkins Publishing as well as to speak with the founder and senior editor of Philadelphia Stories and Philadelphia Stories Jr., Ms. Christine Weiser. The students used the advice gained from these experiences connecting with writers and editors to write and produce their own digital magazine -  eXpress.

"Writing for an audience changes things," said ninth grade creative writing student Rhea Estenor reflecting on how producing her own work for a larger reading audience makes a difference to the writing process. "It was great to hear advice from published authors," shared fellow creative writing classmate Claire Burns. Following their presentation, all three authors commented on the wonderful quality and variety of questions asked by HHS students bringing to a close a fantastic afternoon focused on writing.

Connections to Reading NIGHT

On Monday, September 29th, Mr. Michael Herskovitz shared his story of survival with Haverford High School students. Mr. Herskovitz's life was forever changed when German soldiers walked into his hometown in Czechoslovakia one sleepy March morning in 1944. Within a month, Mr. Herskovitz's family along with other Jewish families living in Botfalva, Czechoslovakia, were kicked out of their homes and forced to live in a ghetto. Shortly after losing his home, 15 year old Michael and his entire family were forced onto cattle cars which transported them to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Death Camp. It is here that Michael lost his parents and his younger brother. In late 1944, as Russian troops advanced into Poland, Michael was transferred to two camps in Austria, Mauthhausen and Gunskirchen. It was in Gunskirchen that he heard shots ring out and saw British troops handing out food. He was freed.  

With the support of the Philadelphia Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center, Mr. Herskovitz has been a frequent visitor to the halls of Haverford High School. Mr. Herskovitz has been meeting with Haverford students each year since 2008, helping students connect the lessons of history with the voices of those who bore witness to the atrocities of World War II.  His harrowing personal tale, told with such grace and strength, never fails to move all those who hear it.




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WEEK 12: Roots Words

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 vor referring to eating.

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