English - Mr. Pocernich

Mr. Pocernich








 

 

 Updated October 15, 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.

A REMINDER THAT THIS WEEK IS A SHORT WEEK, WITH CLASSES ONLY ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 14 THROUGH WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16. ALSO, THERE ARE NO CLASSES ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 21.

English 11/12 (American Literature):  This week, students continued the study of Unit 2 (1800-1840) with a look at poetry by William Cullen Bryant  and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Next week, the unit will continue with the study of more poetry by Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, John Greenleaf Whittier.

Contemporary Literature:
 This week, students continued the study of the novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer.  They are to begin the last section of the novel. The study of this novel will continue throughout the first half of the semester. The study of this will continue into next week. Also, students will read the short story "Then Later, His Ghost".

Practical Writing:
 This week, students began a short research paper to review MLA format. Work on the research paper will continue into next week with the gathering of research.

English 10: This week, we completed the abbreviated study of George Orwell's novel 1984. Students read through Chapter 4, then wrote a narrative putting themselves into the world of the book. Finally, students critically analyzed two articles depicting that world's influence today and gave their opinion on how similar or different we are from the life portrayed in the book. Next week, students will view the motion picture "The Circle" based on the contemporary novel of the same title. Students will compare the world to the one in ​1984​ and our own and look for similarities between the book and movie.

English 9: This week, students began a short story unit with the study of "The Monkey's Paw". Next week, this unit will continue with the study of "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle", a Sherlock Holmes story.

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
bpocernich@isd95.org