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An interest in helping young people discover and define their writing voice and reading interests drives Ms. Jennifer Ward to cultivate a student-centered learning environment, one that supports individual learning goals and incorporates purposeful use of technology. In March 2017, Ms. Ward was named teacher of the month by Michigan's 86th district state representative, Thomas Albert. In March 2016, she was named a TED-Ed Innovative Educator and is also a Google Certified Innovator, National Writing Project Consultant, and a 2014 PASCD Emerging Leader. Ms. Ward taught for 13 years in a Philadelphia suburban district and returned to her home state in 2015. Most recently, she taught at Ionia High School.
This is her third year as a Grandville Bulldog. Ms. Ward teaches 10th grade American literature and honors American literature as well as ninth grade Composition Through Literature courses.
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what we're working on:
9th GRADE COMPOSITION THROUGH LITERATURE (CTL9): (1st and 4th hours)
We open our second semester with our study of poetry. In this unit we will explore how poets craft their works. We will look at a variety of mentor poems and poets to help us discover our own poetic voices. By the close of this unit, not only will students have opportunities to read and analyze a wide variety of poetic styles, but they will also be writing in a variety of poetic formats. Students will be invited to publish their pieces on their online portfolio for their summative unit assessment and will also learn about opportunities to perform and publish their poems inside and outside of the classroom.
10th GRADE HONORS AMERICAN LITERATURE (HAmLit): (3rd and 5th hours)
In our second unit, we are focused on the changing American Dream. We've studied John Steinbeck's take on the dream from the perspective of 1930s migrant workers found in his Of Mice and Men. Now we must understand how that dream has changed. Over the course of the next couple of weeks, students are interviewing family members about their understanding of the American Dream and how it has played out in our lives. We will be turning these interviews into feature articles, some of which will be shared through our district's website. We will also be reading and responding to Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, and at the start of second semester we will read and reflect on Hansberry's play A Raisin in the Sun.
10th GRADE COMPOSITION THROUGH AMERICAN LITERATURE (CTAL): (6th hour)
At the close of the first semester, we completed our research writing unit. As we kick off a new semester, we'll be turning those research essays into speeches. Modeled on the TED-Talk style of speech, students will prepare and present their own talks to our class. And, for those interested students, we can record those talks and share them with TED! In fact, we had a couple of our GHS students travel to TED headquarters with me last year!
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