September 19th, 2017

September 19/20

  1. Homework is due
  2. New Fire Drill Rules – If we have a fire drill, we will go out the door and go to the right. We will make another right at the double doors and go out to the front parking lot. We will gather in the grass in front of the school.
  3. Plot Notes –
    1. What is a story’s plot?
      The plot is the sequence of events in the story, from the beginning to the end.

      1. exposition – setting, time frame, characters
      2. conflict – internal and external problems
      3. complications – make the conflicts harder
      4. climax – most interesting point of the conflict or the turning point
      5. resolution – the conflict ends
      6. denouement – the “unraveling” of the story; the result of the conflict
  1. Plot Class work – Each student created a story cartoon. See me for the sheet and instructions.
  2. Parts of Speech practice.
  3. Parts of Speech Test next class!

September 15th, 2017

September 15/18

  1. Parts of Speech review
  2. Parts of Speech practice
    1. Practice: Double space the sentences and label the verbs (v) and adverbs (adv):
      1. We explained that we wanted to grow a large plant but that our room never has bright sunlight and it can be especially chilly and dark.
      2. “These are seeds of the bo tree, an unusually hardy member of the fig family from India,” said Mrs. Miller.
      3. “There, this tree is sacred to Buddhists because the Buddha received enlightenment under a bo tree.”
      4. When we went back to our house, we planted the seeds.
      5. In a short time, they sprouted, and we now have an unusual household that is suited to our environment.
    2. Parts of Speech notes –
      1. Examples of prepositions:
        about, above, across, around, at, before, behind, beside, by, down, from, in, like, near, of, over, past, under, with
      2. Examples of interjections:
        ah, ouch, ugh, wow, oops, hey, oh
      3. Coordinating conjunctions:
        FANBOYS (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so)
        Correlative conjunctions:
        both…and/ either…or / neither…nor/ not only…but (also)
        whether ….or
        Subordinating conjunction:
        although, because, before, since, unless, when, while
    3. Parts of Speech class work
      1. Class work: Double-space the sentences, and identify the conjunctions (con), prepositions (prep), and interjections (int) on the lines above the words!
        1. The gym coach emphasized the importance of daily exercise.
        2. Wow! Usain Bolt won the race by two yards!
        3. Marita’s brown dress matches the brown of her eyes.
        4. I waited uneasily in the outer office, and then the principal said, “Sit down!“
        5. The girl said, “Ouch,” when she hit her knee on the desk.
        6. Each dancer improvises steps to the rhythm of the music.
        7. Oops, I forgot to bring some paper and pens
        8. Everyone went to the restaurant, but most did not eat.
        9. Either Mr. Jones or I will teach the class in the courtyard.
        10. We looked around and discovered a small shop around the corner.
        11. Blue is my favorite color, so I ordered a blue sweater.
        12. While I was gardening, I saw a snake under some leaves. Ugh!


  1. HomeworkDouble –space the following sentences and label each word:

    1. When the small monkey and the white cat played outside, they fell in the extremely dirty water!

    2. Wow! Sixty-thousand people visit  Disney World everyday, but the lines usually move very quickly.


September 14th, 2017

September 13/14

  1. POS Quiz
  2. Verbs and Adverbs Notes
    1. Verbs show action or existence:
      1. Actions can be physical: run, jump, sit, stand,
      2. or they can be mental: think, guess, ponder.
  • A verb can show existence: am, is, are, was, were, been
  1. Helping verbs are usually forms or to be, to do, to have, and modals like would, could, might, must, and should.
    1. I would have run.
    2. He does stand on the corner.
    3. They are pondering the universe.
    4. The students should have been studying last night.
  2. Adverbs describe a verb, an adjective, or an adverb:
    1. He ran quickly.
    2. Today, he ran a race.
    3. She is very
    4. He is almost
    5. He runs more quickly than most.
    6. She drove extremely recklessly.
  3. Verbs and Adverbs practice – Double space the sentences and label the verbs (v) and adverbs (adv):
    1. A couple of months ago, Juana and I finally decided to buy a house plant for the kitchen.
    2. The large ones we saw were too expensive for us.
    3. Suddenly, Juana had a brainstorm.
    4. “Let’s buy some seeds and grow them indoors.”
    5. At the seed store, the owner, Mr. Miller, greeted us cheerfully.
  4. Review Formal Voice Class work – I returned and reviewed the previous class work.

September 11th, 2017

September 11/12

  1. Guidance Visit – Mrs. Porter spoke to the class about the upcoming PSAT administration. Please see me if you missed this information.
  2. Grammar review – We review the definitions of the eight parts of speech and reviewed examples of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives.
  3. Parts of Speech Quiz next class
  4. Formal Language Notes –
    1. Write complete sentences.
    2. Avoid the use of personal pronouns (I, me, you, he, she, they)
      You may use “I” and “me” if you are talking about your personal               experiences, but you should NEVER write “I think that …” or “                in my opinion” because the readers already know you think it,        and it sounds weak.
    3. Do not use “you.” Instead of “you”, write “people” or “readers.”
    4. DO NOT use contractions (write “there is” instead of “there’s)
      These are some words you may not know are slang: mom, dad,                kid, stuff, things, guys, yeah, kinda, tv, fridge, hanging out.
    6. NEVER use the words “get, got, gotten, really, very, hopefully, definitely, or actually.”
    7. Avoid double negatives like “I don’t have no money!
    8. The word “so” does not mean “very.” Do not write, “I am so hungry!” Instead, write, “I am starving” or “I am hungry.”
    9. Write out numbers that have three or fewer syllables. Write “ninety-nine” instead of 99.
  5. Formal Voice Class work
    1. Rewrite the following sentences in a formal voice.

      Example Sentence: I am so hungry!
      Example Answer:      1. I am famished!  (or 1. I am hungry)

      1.  The workers didn’t know it’s gonna rain.
      2.  Me and my mom got two tickets for the movie.
      3. The guy jetted down the road in his car.
      4. When you go to the beach, you feel so hot.
      5.  I’ve got 17 dogs in my house.
      6.  One of the things on my smart phone is Facebook.
      7.  I got a drink out of the fridge and chilled on the porch.
      8.  Mrs. Jones is very fat, and it is really hard for her to climb stairs.
      9.  When you write in a formal voice, you won’t sound uneducated.
      10.  Did my mom and dad actually get a new TV?


September 8th, 2017

September 7/8

  1. Homework is due – I collected the flashcards and graded them.
  2. Blog – I discussed the location of this blog. If you miss a class, I expect you to come to this blog for your make-up work.
  3. Written Rules – click here for a sample.
  4. Introduction Questions – On loose-leaf paper, answer the following questions in complete sentences (at least TWO sentences per question). Be sure to answer the question so that I know what the question asked.

1. What is the most interesting place you visited this summer? Describe it.
2. What is the most interesting news you have heard recently? Why?
3. What is your favorite subject? Why?
4. What makes you happy? Why?
5. What is your biggest accomplishment so far? Describe how it made you feel.

                                Write at least TWO complete sentences per question!

5. Parts of Speech Review – In your notes, write the following sentences double spaced and label the nouns and pronouns.

1. The gym coach emphasized the importance of daily exercise.
2. Wow! Usain Bolt won the race by two yards!
3. Marita’s brown dress matches the brown of her eyes.
4. I waited uneasily in the outer office; then, the principal said, “Sit down!“
5. Each dancer improvises steps to the rhythm of the music.

September 5th, 2017

September 5/6

Welcome to the first class!


  1. Seating Chart – Students assigned their own seats, and we will be using this chart for attendance.
  2. Supply List
    1. A one-inch binder
    2. Standard loose-leaf paper
    3. Several black or dark-blue ink pens
  3. Classroom Expectations
    1. Bring your class materials to every class; please do not expect me or other students to provide them for you!
    2. Homework must be submitted at the beginning of the class.
    3. I will not accept late work unless you provide a written explanation from your parent(s).
    4. Be in your seat when the bell rings.
    5. Use your best judgment when deciding on appropriate language and behavior.
  4. Fire Drill Procedures – Our class will go to the field behind the building by going right at the door and walking around the staircase at the end of the hall. Report to Mr. Bunch in the field.
  5. Parts of Speech Review
    1. Noun – names a person, place, thing, or idea (N)
      Pronoun – takes the place of a noun or another pronoun (Pro)
      Adjective – describes a noun or pronoun (Adj)

      Verb – shows action or existence (V)
      Adverb – describes a verb, adjective, or adverb (Adv)

      Preposition – shows the relationship of a noun or a pronoun to another word (Prep)
      Conjunction – joins words, phrases, or clauses (Con)
      Interjection – shows emotion only (Int)

    2. We reviewed several sentences to practice identifying various parts of speech.
  6. Homework – Create a flashcard for each of the eight parts of speech. Write the part of speech on one side of the card and write the definition on the back. Study these cards – you need to memorize these definitions!

August 31st, 2016

Welcome to the 2017 – 2018 School Year

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Welcome to the 2017 – 2018 school year!  In this class, you may expect to write frequently and copiously; to read voraciously while exhibiting comprehension; and to demonstrate mastery of English grammar.  Each grading period, you may expect to read source materials (books, magazine articles, newspaper articles) outside the classroom to expand your vocabulary and to improve your reading comprehension.  If you work with purpose in this class, you will earn good grades, a better understanding of the world around you, and the respect and gratitude of your teachers.

Class Materials

Each class, you will be expected to bring the following materials:

  • A one-inch binder
  • Standard ruled loose-leaf paper
  • Standard black or dark-blue pens

Classroom Guidelines

In order for a classroom to run smoothly, adherence to basic rules and procedures is necessary.  Below are a few standards that will help you receive fair treatment, keep you organized, and make our classroom a place where you can learn and feel secure.  When you do your best as a student, I can do my best as your teacher.    RULES:  How you are expected to behave 1.    Please be honest — lying, cheating, and plagiarism will not be tolerated.

2.    Please be courteous, respectful, and attentive to me and to your peers.

3.    Please speak in an appropriate manner; I will not permit blasphemy, vulgarity, or offensive slang.

4. If you are not in your seat when the bell rings, you are tardy.

CONSEQUENCES:  How misbehavior will be handled    If a student chooses to misbehave, it is important that he or she knows the consequences.  The steps that I may take for general discipline concerns are as follows:

First offense: I will provide a verbal reminder of the appropriate, expected behavior.

Second offense: The student will sign a written statement on a referral to document the offense. Additionally, I will communicate with the student’s parents.

Third offense: I will issue a referral, which will be sent to the office. •There may be discipline issues that require bypassing one or more of the above steps.  More specific discipline procedures are outlined in the Suffolk Public Schools Student Handbook.

REWARDS:  How positive behavior will benefit you It has been said that “living right is its own reward,” and this is definitely true.  I have noted below a few of the other rewards for responsible behavior and positive contributions in the classroom.

  1. Personal satisfaction
  2. Academic success
  3. Opportunity to earn extra credit points
  4. Inclusion in student recognition programs
  5. Positive written recommendations for jobs, colleges, and scholarships


Contact Information

Mr. Bunch

757-923-4101 (NRHS

)757-235-2104 (Cell)

Text @mrbunch to 81010


Mr. Sood

757-923-4101 (NRHS)