Mr. Vergon

Phone: Phone: 951-294-6600 X 3705 (Email is the best way to contact me. Please allow 48 hours response time.)

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Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature and minor in Philosophy and Religion from San Francisco State University Masters of Arts in Education from Graceland University CLAD/ELL certified Single Subject Credential in English from San Francisco State University

Mr. Vergon

Welcome to Language Arts!  I am very excited to work with all of you this school year.  While I have been described as a fun, passionate, and engaging teacher, I also have high expectations.  As long as you are willing to work hard, take responsibility for your own actions, be respectful of other students and adults around campus, and practice safety--everyone will feel successful and it will be an exciting school year.

In this class, you will practice a deeper critical thinking approach to reading, vocabulary, writing, and language.  You will read and annotate informational articles and analyze texts for a central idea based on textual evidence of non-fiction and fiction.   Readings will include classic/contemporary pieces that represent diverse perspectives. We will read short stories, poetry, and nonfiction articles found in the StudySync online learning platform as well as other articles from Newsela; and novels such as Call of the Wild, The GiverThe Outsiders, and The Hunger Games.  Concurrent with our in-class readings, students will also have an independent reading book for Intervention/Enrichment class.    Developing literacy skills, meaning reading a wide variety of texts from informational articles to poetry, is super important to developing into self-actualized human beings.  Students should be engaged in reading at least 20 minutes per day.   

Besides responding to text questions, creating questions, and writing reflectively, students will also continue to write arguments, arguments that must be supported with evidence from primary and secondary sources.  In middle school, there is a strong emphasis on supporting claims.  Whether spoken verbally or written, when making a claim, a good detective must provide evidence in order to prove a claim.   Students will also practice collaborating with peers in pairs, small groups, and whole-class discussions.   

My goal is to get students thinking and writing critically about our readings while making personal connections to their lives and to their perception of the world as it unfolds before them every day.

Email: pvergon@tvusd.us  ( Please allow 48 hours response time.)

Phone:  951-294-6600 X 3705  (Email is the best way to contact me.  Please allow 48 hours response time.)

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature and minor in Philosophy and Religion from San Francisco State University
Masters of Arts in Education from Graceland University
CLAD/ELL certified
Single Subject Credential in English from San Francisco State University