English - Mr. Pocernich

Mr. Pocernich



 Updated December 6, 2019

Welcome to the 2019-20 school year! Below, you will find a summary of what is happening in each of the classes I teach. Other important information is found at the bottom of this page.

English 11/12 (American Literature):  This week, students began the study of literature before and leading up to World War I (1870-1915). Specific authors studied this week will include Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman. Next week, we will continue in this time period by looking at the frontier writings of Mark Twain, Bret Harte, and Ambrose Bierce.

Contemporary Literature:
 This week, students read the short story "Cell One" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Next week, the short story will be "Fjord of Killary" by Kevin Barry. We will look at multiple themes in a work and how they interact with each other. Students will also begin the last section of the novel "Speak" by Laurie Halse Anderson 

Practical Writing:
 This week, students continued a unit on career preparation and exploration. They wrote an essay detailing at least three qualities that are important to them when considering a career. Then, they completed 3 different interest surveys to match them with potential careers. Next week, students will choose 3 potential careers and examine how they fit with the three qualities they detailed as important to them with the purpose of finding an appropriate career direction.

English 10: This week, students finished their small group novel units. They were given the following four options:
The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Feed, by M.T. Anderson
Speak, by Lauire Halse Anderson
Next week, students will present their novels in small groups.

English 9: This week, students studied the short story "Life is Sweet in Kumansenu". Next week, students will begin the study of Harper Lee's classic novel ​To Kill a Mockingbird.​ The study of this novel will likely take us through the end of the semester.

Every Class, Every Day: 

Additionally, each day our class period begins with a "bellringer" activity. The students will complete an activity with the primary purpose of relating to informational text.

Please check your child's progress in my class through PowerSchool or Schoology. I update my grades in Schoology, as assignments are turned in. All grades in Schoology are current to the second. I sync my Schoology grades with PowerSchool weekly (usually every Monday) if not more frequently. This is a great way to see how your child is performing in my classes as well as check if they have any missing work. 

If, at any time, you have questions or need assistance, please contact me at the phone number or email below. Email is the preferred method to use during school hours, so as not to interrupt class:

644-3716 x2155