English - Mr. Pocernich

Mr. Pocernich



 Updated November 14, 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 continued the study of the American Classic Period (1840-1870). The focus is on the transcendentalist movement, highlighted by works from Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. This will continue next week, and we will also look at the counter to the transcendentalist movement through the works of Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Contemporary Literature:
 This week, students read the short story "Paper Menagerie". They looked at multiple themes in the story and how they interacted with each other. We also began looking at the next novel we will read. Next week, the short story will be "The Deer-Vehicle Collision Survival Group" by Porochista Khakpour. The focus will be on how the author develops character. 

Practical Writing:
 This week, students wrote a proposal to me, proposing future writing assignments. This will form the basis for some of our long-term assignments later. Next week, we will begin a unit on résumé writing.

English 10: This week, students completed the study of John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men". They also examined options for their next novel to study. 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
They will be divided into reading groups and will be reading their novel over the next few weeks.

English 9: This week, students studied the topic of aging in "The Moustache" and read "The Widow's Son". Next week, they will review stories they have read up to this point before beginning the short story "Through the Tunnel".

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