September 19th, 2018

September 19/20

  1. We issued textbooks today. Please see me if you were absent!
  2. Character Terms Homework
    1. Let’s think about the character terms we can apply to George Bergeron:
      1. George Bergeron is a flat character because readers only know that he is kind and intelligent. He is a static character because he does not change in the story.
      2. George Bergeron is not a protagonist or antagonist because he does not move the action forward or work against the action. He is not a stock character because he does not act like the stock “father” character.
    2. Assignment: Character Terms –
      1. For each of the following characters, explain the character terms which can be applied: (two sentences each)
        1. Mama Johnson (pg 50)
        2. John Thomas (pg 50)
        3. Dee (Wangero) (pg 50)
        4. Maggie (pg 50)
        5. Harrison Bergeron (pg 38)
    3. “The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant.” – Page 31 in the textbook
    4. Short Story Class work – Answer the following questions in complete sentences:
      1. Where is the story set?
      2. What is the age difference between the narrator and Sheila?
      3. What activities does the narrator enjoy?
      4. What is the conflict?
      5. When does the climax occur?
      6. What part of the plot happens when the narrator cuts the fishing line?
      7. What lesson does the narrator learn from his experience?
      8. What character terms apply to Sheila?
      9. What character terms apply to the narrator?
      10. What character terms apply to Eric Caswell?
    5. Steps to a Theme notes:
      1. A theme is an insight about life or human nature which gives a story meaning.
      2. Follow these steps for finding a theme:
        1. How does a main character change?
        2. How is the conflict resolved?
        3. What is the significance of the title?

September 17th, 2018

September 17/18

  1. Google Class room – Please join the Google Class room for your class using the correct code below:
    1. Block 1 – yc0tlu
    2. Block 4 – 6vf2z3
    3. Block 5 – l34wy6
    4. Block 6 – q0big2h
    5. Block 7 – gwhwf00
  2. “Everyday Use” Plot – Students finished the writing assignment from the previous class.
  3. “Harrison Bergeron” – We listened to and read the story on page 4 of the Interactive Readers
  4. Character Notes –
    1. Character – a story’s actor
    2. Character Traitsbehaviors of a character (not appearance)
    3. Flat Character – one or two key personality traits
    4. Rounded Character – many personality traits
    5. Dynamic Character – changes in an important way
    6. Static Character – remains the same
    7. Stock Character – fits our notions of a “type”, like a policeman, waitress, or mother.
    8. Protagonist – moves the action forward
    9. Antagonist – works against the protagonist

September 17th, 2018

September 12 through 14

School was closed in anticipation of Hurricane Florence. I hope everyone enjoyed the break and studied the notes!

September 10th, 2018

September 10/11

  1. Blog – You are here!
  2. Written Rules
  3. Introduction Questions – Write at least TWO complete sentences per question!
    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.
  4. Plot Summary example –
    1. “The Possibility of Evil” is a short story by Shirley Jackson about an old woman who likes to send anonymous letters to criticize people in her town. In the exposition, readers learn about Miss Adela Strangeworth, who lives on Pleasant Street in a town somewhere in Vermont. Some other important characters are Don and Helen Crane and Dave Harris. The story takes place over two days. The conflict starts when Miss Strangeworth sends an anonymous letter to Don Crane to insult his baby daughter. Miss Strangeworth wrote, “Didn’t you ever see an idiot child before? Some people just shouldn’t have children, should they?” One complication happens when Miss Strangeworth tries to mail three insulting letters when some teenagers distracted her with their conversation. She thought, “Even in a charming little town like this one, there was still so much evil in people.” The climax occurs when …
  5. Class work – “Everyday Use” Plot
    1. Write a plot summary of “Everyday Use” in which you identify and describe the parts of the plot. Use quotes to support your points. Make sure you use and underline all six terms in your essay. Double space the essay.exposition– setting, time frame, characters
      conflictinternal and external problems
      complications – make the conflicts harder
      climax – most interesting point of the conflict or the turning point
      resolution – the conflict ends
      denouement – the “unraveling” of the story; the result of the conflict

September 10th, 2018

September 6/7

  1. Fire Drill Procedures
  2. Check for Supplies
  3. PSAT Booklets – All 10th-grade students are registered for the test. It will take place on October 10th. Please see me or Mr. Sood if you did not receive a test booklet.
  4. Complete Cartoons
  5. Workbooks – Interactive Readers. Students used these to make notes about the plot of the story “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker as they listened to the on-line narration of the story.
  6. “Everyday Use” page 18 in the workbook.

September 10th, 2018

September 4/5

  1. Seating Chart
  2. Supply List – See welcome page.
  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. Treat yourself and others with respect. Use your best judgment when deciding on appropriate language and behavior.
  4. Fire Drill Procedures
  5. Plot Notes –
    1. 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 – Students created a story in six parts in a cartoon format.

August 31st, 2016

Welcome to the 2018 – 2019 School Year

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Welcome to the 2018 – 2019 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 @mrbunch18 to 81010)


Mr. Sood

757-923-4101 (NRHS)