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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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9th GRADE COMPOSITION THROUGH LITERATURE (CTL9): (1st and 4th hours)
It's that time of year! Time for Romeo and Juliet! We've split our room into the Capulet and Montague families and have been playing around with our understanding of Shakespearean language and history. Students will be selecting one of the main characters to analyze in this play and write a literary analysis of that character by the close of the unit.
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. Here are a few articles from last year that you might be interested in reading.
10th GRADE COMPOSITION THROUGH AMERICAN LITERATURE (CTAL): (6th hour)
Students love to hate Walter. That's where we are right now. We are right in the middle of our study of Lorraine Hansberry's play A Raisin in the Sun, and students hate Walter. He's complicated, to say the least. As we read this play set in 1960s Chicago, we bring our study into contemporary times and look at how discriminatory housing practices and racial divides impact our own community. We unpack how the characters are influenced by their dreams as well as look at the dreams that we have for our own lives. We will close this unit by writing a literary analysis essay focusing on the development of one of the main characters from the play.
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