• Ward
    Name: Mrs. Ward
    Room: 206
    Subject: English 10


    How to Read World Literature  
    Homework, Classwork, and Lesson Plans:
    STOP: If you are interested in classwork, homework, or lesson plans then leave this website and go to our new classroom management system, eBackpack, by clicking on the link below (Note: login screen may not show on some mobile devices). Login as either a parent or student to view course content by using the  login codes that were sent home with English materials the first day of school. If you need this information sent home again, please email me and I'll be happy to help! 

    Click here to access eBackpack teacher pages:     https://www.troyareasd.org/Page/5257

    teacher page
    Click here to access eBackpack login screen:  http://troyareasd.ebackpack.com/   
    About ebackpack:
    ebackpack is a new learning management system that the high school plans to roll out this year and next. It is a great system to help students stay organized. They can view lesson plans, homework assignments, and submit assignments on the site. Some teachers plan to go live this year, and some will wait until next year. I plan to use ebackpack this year in all my classes. I appreciate you patience as I work out the kinks! 

    Click on this image to view an overview of the course:  sway


    English 10 Course Description
    Click here to see: Reading List and Overview called  : KUD (Know Understand Do)




    First off, tenth grade English is titled World Literature, and so the students will naturally be reading literature from around the world. The focus of the course is to examine the common themes that run throughout all world literature (fiction and nonfiction) regardless of the culture that produced them. The course units are organized around these similarities. Take a look at the attached course syllabus for further information on this. Please note that the focus is the literature itself, not the cultures. We will only be minimally examining the cultures that produced the works in order to establish context.   Most assessments in English 10 are writing assessments. Students read, think about what they read, research what they read, and then write about what they read.  We write every day. In addition to shorter writing pieces, students will be mastering the Constructed Response paragraph, Ten Percent Summary, and the literary analysis paper. You can find helpful writing tutorials and podcasts in the tabs on the left.






    Keystone Exams 

    What are They?  
    All students enrolled in English 10 courses this year will be taking the Literature Keystone exam at the end of the course.  The Pennsylvania Department of Education defines these tests as:

    Description: sp

     …End-of-course assessments designed to assess proficiency in the subject areas of Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Literature, English Composition, Biology, Chemistry, U.S. History, World History, and Civics and Government. The Keystone Exams are one component of Pennsylvania's new system of high school graduation requirements. Keystone Exams will help school districts guide students toward meeting state standards.



    How Am I Preparing Your Student for the Keystone?

     I have structured the course to prepare your student for this test. I will be monitoring the progress of my students as we work through the curriculum with classroom diagnostic tests, formative, and summative assessments. We will be examining literary elements and devices, elements of non-fiction, and learn how to write the constructed response. I will be happy to share your student’s results with you upon request.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns that you may have regarding these tests. You can also find more information about the tests and contact the Pennsylvania Department of Education directly by going to the link above.  I have posted a sample Keystone Test on my website under in the “Classroom Resources” tab.



    Use the eBackpack website for most of you or your student's academic needs. This website offers only an overview of the course and offers some resources.  The resources tab  allows you to view and print class documents used throughout the year. The podcast tab contains helpful podcasts to tutor you when you're not at school.


    English 10 Classroom Rules and Syllabus
    Click here to see a copy of my classroom rules which students are required to bring home and have signed by a parent or guardian:

      Fall 2017 Newsletter     

    Click here to read a little about the course, the state exams this year, and my language arts teaching philosophy: newsletter