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 23/24

Midterm Essay – See me after school if you missed this essay. Idioms In groups of three or four, students discussed All of the idioms on the handout. Be prepared to ask questions on all the idioms your group does … Continue reading

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January 19/20

Semicolons and Colons – Class work We reviewed pages 724 through 731 in the Language book: Students completed the following exercises: 1,2, and 3. Persuasive Essay Rough Draft – I gave an extra 30 minutes to complete the rough drafts.

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January 17/18

Persuasive Essay Pre-write – Class work Grade Should students’ textbooks be replaced by notebook computers? Should the driving age be raised to twenty-one? Should the death penalty be used to punish violent criminals? Should high school students have to complete … Continue reading

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January 12/13 (after 9-11 snow days)

Grammar Test Notes on Writing a Persuasive Essay A persuasive essay is usually written as a six-paragraph essay: Introduction – Explanation of the basic issue and your position. Start with an interesting fact. First argument Second argument Third argument One … Continue reading

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January 5/6

Grammar Test Review We reviewed parts of speech, verbs, and parts of the sentence. Test next class.

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January 3/4

Notes on Prepositional Phrases 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 and ends … Continue reading

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December 19/20

I.Collect homework II.Notes on Diagramming Sentences -121916

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December 15/16

Complete Class work Class work – Action and Linking Verbs grow, smell, feel, sound, appear, look, stay, taste, turn, remain Choose any five of the verbs above, and use each first as a action verb in a sentence, and then … Continue reading

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December 13/14

Turn in Poetry Study Guide – Class work Poetry Test Verbs – Action and Linking Action verbs express a physical or mental action: shout, jump, run, think, believe, guess Linking verbs connect the subject to a word or word group … Continue reading

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December 9/12

Poetry notes A ballad is a type of narrative poem which is meant to be sung or recited. Frosty the Snowman, and T’was the Night Before Christmas are examples of ballads. Poetry Test Prep – Class work grade – click … Continue reading

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December 7/8

Guidance Visit – See Mrs. Fike in Guidance if you missed this presentation. MAP Test (NWEA) – See me if you have not completed this test. This is a quiz grade, and it will be reflected in your upcoming interim … Continue reading

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December 5/6

MAP testing If you missed this day, see me as soon as possible to make up this test.  

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December 1/2

Homework is due Sentence Structure Quiz Sonnet Notes English sonnet (also Shakespearean sonnet) Shakespeare, 16th century 14 lines of iambic pentameter Three quatrains (blocks of four lines) – each quatrain explains one idea. One couplet (last two lines) – conclusion … Continue reading

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November 29/30

Review Class work We reviewed the sentences from last class Sentence Structure Practice Two years ago, one of my friends went to Hawaii and climbed Diamond Head. He said that the hike was hard, but the view was beautiful. I … Continue reading

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November 23/28

Review Notes on Clauses and Sentence Structures Sentence Structure Practice Although he fell from the ladder, the carpenter did not hurt himself, and he climbed up again. I wanted to leave early, but I had to stay for a meeting. … Continue reading

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November 21/22

Notes – Sentence Structures Independent and Subordinate clauses (pgs 492-493) Independent Clause – A word group that contains a subject and a verb and that form a complete thought. Subordinate Clause – A word group that contains a subject and … Continue reading

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November 17/18

Poetry Terms Quiz Literary Criticism Final Draft – We gave extra time to complete the final draft of the Literary Criticism Final Draft.

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November 15/16

Review Notes: Poetry Terms Poetry term examples in the five assigned poems “ Ex-Basketball Player” pg 776“Those Winter Sundays” pg 256 “The Gift” pg 254 “The Fish” pg 796 “Mending Wall” pg 890 Poetry Terms Quiz Thursday

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November 10/14

Notes: 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 poetry Metaphor Meter Mood Narrative Poetry Personification Refrain Simile Speaker … Continue reading

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November 7/9

Literary Criticism Final Draft This is a test grade (for the second nine-week grading period.) Follow the outline on the handout. Double-space the essay. Write a minimum of six sentences per paragraph (including the introduction and conclusion). Write in a … Continue reading

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