Cockey, Nicole (English)

English I, English III

Ms. Nicole Cockey

nicole.cockey@bcsemail.org  

Office Hours: 9:30-11:00 Planning Period: 2nd block 

828-686-3852

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About Ms. Cockey

MA, English -
Western Carolina University

BA, English - University of North Carolina, Wilmington

Teaching License - University of North Carolina, Asheville; TNTP Academy (teachNOLA)

I was born and raised in the Cape Fear region of North Carolina, and graduated with honors from UNC Wilmington. I earned my Master's in English with a concentration in professional and creative writing from Western Carolina University, where I also served as a Teaching Assistant in writing, rhetoric, and composition studies. I also served as a teaching fellow with teachNOLA in New Orleans. This will be my eleventh year in the classroom, having taught courses ranging from middle school language arts to college rhetoric and composition, and my third year teaching at Owen High. I currently teach English I and III and serve on the Restorative Practices implementation team.

In my classroom, I value connections before content, maintain high expectations for all learners (including myself), provide high levels of support while also encouraging student responsibility and accountability, create a safe environment for all, and believe in the restorative process when harm has been done in our learning community. I believe reading has the power to build our knowledge of ourselves, the world, and others, and my carefully-selected text sets reflect this belief. Students write for a variety of purposes and audiences and participate in a range of collaborative discussions. In my classroom, all students are expected to read, write, speak, think, and move every day.

When I'm not teaching (or preparing to teach), you can find me tending my backyard chickens or hiking with our family's coonhounds, Jelly and Jolene. My son, Finn, attends ArtSpace, and Sasha is in pre-K. I am an avid reader, runner, and aspiring author. My husband, Will, is enrolled in the graduate counseling program at WCU. We live in West Asheville.

I am truly honored to be a member of the WARHORSE family and look forward to getting to know you this semester.

I am eager to collaborate with families to support a student's success. I genuinely appreciate the opportunity to speak with parents and other caretakers. Please know that you may contact me anytime via email to ask questions or schedule a time to speak by phone or in person.


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REQUIRED COURSE MATERIALS:

ALL students will need to bring a NOTEBOOK (either a spiral/composition notebook OR a three-ring binder with lined, loose leaf paper) and a pen/pencil with you to class EVERY DAY. You may purchase these materials, or (if that's not an option for your circumstances) you may speak to Student Services about how to acquire the required school supplies.

Please be sure to select a notebook with pockets (or get a pocket folder) for storing the occasional handout and other assigned readings.

Suggested Materials:
You might also appreciate having your own Sticky Notes (of various sizes), assorted colored pencils, and multi-colored highlighters. We will be using these materials regularly to annotate text and organize our ideas during the writing process.



English I modules of study may include the following:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman AlexieSt. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves (Vintage Contemporaries):  Russell, Karen: 9780307276674: Amazon.com: BooksA Midsummer Night's Dream | Book by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A.  Mowat, Paul Werstine | Official Publisher Page | Simon & SchusterAmazon.com: Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice eBook: Hoose, Phillip:  Kindle Store

MODULE 1: WHAT IS THE POWER OF STORYTELLING?
Identity and the Power of Storytelling

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
"St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves"
Students incorporate strong and sufficient evidence into their analyses of literary and informational texts.

MODULE 2: WHAT IS LOVE?
What is Love?

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Students analyze and write arguments with strong, sound reasoning and effective evidence.


MODULE 3: HOW DO TEENS EFFECT CHANGE?
Teens as Change Agents

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
Students conduct research, compile an explanatory essay, and deliver a multimedia presentation.


*This list is subject to change.
Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns about any of the texts listed above. Substitutions may be made with parent/guardian requests.



English III modules of study may include the following:
Of Mice and Men - Wikipedia Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel: Ward, Jesmyn: 9781501126062: Amazon.com:  Books Behind the Poster: 'A Streetcar Named Desire' - The New York TimesMa Rainey's Black Bottom by August Wilson

MODULE 1: WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN POWER, OTHERNESS, & THE AMERICAN DREAM?
The American Dream

Of Mice and Men
select excerpts from The Central Park Five
Students synthesize ideas across multiple texts and incorporate evidence 

MODULE 2: HOW DOES KNOWING HOME IMPACT OUR SENSE OF SELF?
Home, Grief, and Storytelling
Sing, Unburied, Sing
select excerpts from The Yellow House: A Memoir and Men We Reaped: A Memoir
Students work in teams to identify, investigate, and analyze a real world issue related to personal and public responsibility and to which they have a personal or geographic connection.

MODULE 3: WHAT'S THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SANITY, TRUTH, & POWER?
DRAMA

select scenes from A Streetcar Named Desire
select scenes from Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Students engage in comparative textual analysis through their reading, viewing, and analysis of dramatic scenes.
 
*This list is subject to change.
Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns about any of the texts listed above. Substitutions may be made with parent/guardian requests.


 

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