Author Archives: Mr. Bunch

About Mr. Bunch

I am an English Teacher at Nansemond River High School, and I enjoy playing chess in stolen half-hours of my life!

January 11/12

Homework is due (I have extended this assignment until next class) – Title: “On Nuclear Disarmament” – Read pages 654 through 659. Write a paragraph to explain why you think our country should or should not disarm our nuclear weapons. Include … Continue reading

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January 2/3

Evaluating Persuasive Essays – Read pages 646 through 650 in the Literature textbook. As you read the article “Abolishing the Penny Makes Good Sense,” complete the chart on page 647 in your notes. Class work – Persuasive Essay – Answer … Continue reading

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December 19/20

Grammar Test

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December 15/18

Sentence Structure Class work – Complete Exercise 7 on pages 505-506. The title is Sentence Structures.  Write each sentence out double-spaced.  Label the subjects and verbs in the sentence on the lines above them. Place (parentheses) around the dependent clauses and … Continue reading

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December 13/14

Grammar Quiz II Sentence Structure Notes A clause is a word group that contains a verb and its subject. It is used as a sentence or part of a sentence. An independent clause (or main clause) expresses a complete thought … Continue reading

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December 11/12

Review Prepositional Phrases Review Sentence Diagrams Grammar Practice Class work Double space the sentences below and label the parts of the sentence: s, hv, av, lv, io, do, pa, pn Create a diagram under each sentence. The rules of Monopoly … Continue reading

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December 7/8

Finish Diagramming Classwork Review Class work Grammar Practice Class work Double space the sentences below and label the parts of speech: n, pro, adj, v, adv, con, prep Many of my friends have already sent Christmas cards. Justin and Anika … Continue reading

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December 5/6

Poetry Test Notes on Diagramming Sentences – Diagramming notes Diagramming Sentences – class work The porters hiked toward the summit. Someone in the class has seen the movie. Tamara and Dawn floated the raft down the river. The ocean is calm … Continue reading

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December 1/4

Poetry Terms Quiz Complete Poetry Analysis Create one page in your notes for each of the following poems: “Christmas Sparrow” 798 “The Sloth” 800 “We Real Cool” 773 Identify the theme of each poem, and identify at least three poetic … Continue reading

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November 29/30

Finish Shakespearean Paraphrase Class work Parts of the Sentence Practice – Double-space and label the parts of the sentence for the sentences below: Yesterday, Ke’shara told us her plans for the future. Your explanation is very clear. Sitting in the … Continue reading

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November 27/28

Homework is due (blocks 2 and 7 only) Parts of Speech and Parts of the Sentence practice ( see attached file) Sonnet Notes English sonnet (also Shakespearean sonnet) Shakespeare, 16th century 14 lines of iambic pentameter Three quatrains (blocks of … Continue reading

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November 20-22

Class Discussion – We discussed the devices and themes of the following poems: “ Ex-Basketball Player” pg 776 “Those Winter Sundays” pg 256 “The Gift” pg 254 “The Fish” pg 796 “Mending Wall” pg 890 Poetry Analysis Class work Class … Continue reading

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November 15-17

Review Poetry Terms – We reviewed the definitions of the poetry terms, and I gave examples. Group Work – Poems “Ex-Basketball Player” pg 776 , “Those Winter Sundays” pg 256, “The Gift” pg 254, “The Fish” pg 796, “Mending Wall” … Continue reading

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November 13/14

Parts of the Sentence Review Parts of the Sentence Quiz Poetry Terms – Use the reference section of the Literature textbook (R102 – 114), to define these terms Alliteration Analogy Blank Verse Diction Free Verse Hyperbole Iambic Pentameter Imagery Lyric … Continue reading

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November 8/9

Homework is due Prepositional Phrases Notes A phrase is a group of related words that is used as a single part of speech. It does not contain both a subject and a verb. A prepositional phrase starts with a preposition … Continue reading

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November 3/6

Subjects, Verbs, and Complements practice – Use the following labels: s, av, lv, hv, pn, pa, do, io. Double-space the sentences. After lunch, the students grew tired. Bibbo is helpful to all the students. Several of the people did watch … Continue reading

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November 1/2

Exam Essay – This must be completed in class.

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October 30/31

Action and Linking Verbs Action verbs express a physical or mental action: shout, jump, run, think, believe, guess The dog ran to the front yard. Jones always thinks about money. Linking verbs connect the subject to a word or word … Continue reading

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October 26/27

Literary Criticism Final Draft – This assignment must be completed in school on our Google classroom.

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October 24/25

Group work: Themes For each of the four stories, your group will write 6 to 8 theme topics and at least two new themes. “Everyday Use” 48 “To Build a Fire” 78 “The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant” 31 … Continue reading

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