How to Write Effective Emails

17 Sep

Quick Write: What is the main point of the video? Why does the speaker discuss a history of the universe? How can you apply this information to your own life?

How to Write Effective Emails

Today we will go over how to write effective emails. It’s likely you will be sending more emails than ever. Learn how to present yourself in the best possible manner, show respect and appreciation for who you are writing, and clearly communicate your needs so you can get what you want!

Here are the notes:

Notebooks and Paragraphs

15 Sep

Quick Write: How was your remote learning experience last spring? What were the parts you liked, what were the parts you disliked? In viewing the video above, what struggles do you think are represented here?

Notebook Grading

We will review the grading and expectations for your notebook.

Organizing Ideas Into Paragraphs

One of the most important aspects of your writing is organization. If your writing is not organized, it will be difficult for your reader to follow what you are saying.

Here are the notes.

Letter to Your Future Self

11 Sep

Quick Write: How do you feel you are using your time in life so far? Are you wasting it or making the most of it? What areas could you improve?

The Ideal Graduate

Here are some of the characteristics the class came up with for the ideal graduate. We will keep these big picture ideas in mind during the school year:

Hard working, flexible, compassionate, good social skills, creative, open minded, caring, respectful, determined, knows how to seek help, helps others, know how to learn, critical thinking, to know what information to believe.

Letter To Future Self

Today we will work on the Letter to Your Future Self. Use the goals you wrote about in your notebook last time.

Join our Newsela Class:

Newsela is a site for reading comprehension that we will be using.

Period 4:

Period 5:

The First Day of School!

9 Sep
“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.” – Henry Ford

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.” – Henry Ford

Getting to Know Each Other

We will go around the room, state our names, answer 2 “would you rathers,” and say one thing we like to do with our free time.

Would You Rather…

  • go to the beach in the summer or skiing in the winter?
  • be super famous and poor or unknown and rich?
  • live on the beach or in a cabin in the woods?
  • lose your sense of taste or your sense of smell?
  • live on a houseboat or in an RV?
  • live in space or under the sea?
  • be able to talk with animals or speak all foreign languages?
  • be able to fly or be invisible?
  • never eat your favorite five foods again or only eat your favorite five foods for the rest of your life?
  • have more time or more money?
  • listen to music or play sports

Class Supplies

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Marble Composition Notebook
Every student needs to have a marble composition notebook, exclusively for English class. Your notebook is a major part of the class and your grade. I will give you more details in the next few days. PS, these are currently on sale for $.50 at Staples.

Quick Write Journal Entry

What are some goals you have for the 2020-2021 school year? These can be personal and/or academic.

The Ideal Graduate

On Google Classroom, complete the Ideal Graduate form.

2020-2021 Google Classroom Links

6 Sep

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!
Here are our Google Classroom links and join codes.

English 9/10 ENL Period 1
Join Code: uaihwzz

English 9R Period 4
Join Code: sqkwiwb

English 9R Period 5
Join Code: zsjzqat

English 9/10 ENL Period 6
Join Code: ctnrpaf

English 9AIS Period 8
Join Code: 7inb663

Great Work and Have an Excellent Summer!

27 Jun

We made it to the end of the year. This is certainly a year we will not forget! I wish you all the best and would like to thank you for a great year. It’s sad that our time was cut short, but I’m glad we got to have what we had.

Please feel free to stop by and say hello any time. It will be great to see you. Once a Mr. Funk student, always a Mr. Funk student!

Have a great summer, stay safe, and see you next year!

Finish It Up!

15 Jun

Unbelievably, we are at the end of the school year! I’m sure that the 2019-2020 school year will be one we all remember, for how unusual it has been.

This week there’s no new work.

Just take this time to turn in any assignments you may have missed.

All work for the fourth quarter must be in by the end of the day Friday.

If you have any questions, email me at !

Week 8: 6/8-6/12

8 Jun

Periods 1 and 6 ENL :

Assignment on Google Classroom.

Period 8 AIS:

Quizziz on Descriptive Writing

Go to Quizziz:

Enter the code: 4006068

Use your real name so I can give you credit!

Play the game as many times as you like to get the grade you want!

Due Monday June 15th at 10:00AM.

Period 3 and 4 English 9R

Final Reflective Essay: We’ve reached the end! 

Directions: For this essay you are asked to look back (reflect) on your Freshman year. Think about it.  When you first entered this classroom you were practically still in middle school, and now you are almost at the top of the high school food chain!  How have you changed? What’s different about you? There are some topics to choose from below, or you may choose to come up with one on your own. 

The only requirement is that you are thinking back on some point in your life during the year. With this paper, I look forward to learning a bit more about you before we part ways, and maybe take something you have learned and apply it to my own life.   

***Must be 250 words or more, papers will be marked on thoughtfulness, grammar, spelling, and effort. 

Some topics (feel free to choose any, combine, or come up with your own):

  • “The best moment of my year”
  • “The worst moment of my year”
  • “The most important thing I’ve learned”
  • “My proudest accomplishment of the year”
  • “Something I’m ashamed of…”
  • “One thing I wish I could change”
  • “Even though it was bad, I wouldn’t change it because it helped make me who I am”
  • “I wish I would have…”
  • “I wish I never…”
  • “One thing I will always remember”
  • “One thing I will try to forget”
  • “Surprise of the year”
  • “Regrets”
  • “Something I learned about myself”
  • “I never would have guessed”
  • “Dear September Version of Myself”

Due Monday June 15th at 10:00AM.




Week 7: 6/1-6/5

1 Jun

Periods 1 and 6 ENL :

Assignment on Google Classroom.

Period 8 AIS:

Quizziz on Complete Sentences

Go to Quizziz:

Enter the code: 3623850

Use your real name so I can give you credit!

Play the game as many times as you like to get the grade you want!

Due Monday June 8th at 10:00AM.

Period 3 and 4 English 9R

Vocabulary Review:

Go over our 9th Grade Vocabulary Words for the entire year.

Choose 3 words that you feel describe you as a person.

For each word, explain why you chose that word for yourself. Give examples of experiences from your life to help illustrate your point (between 50-100 words per word).

Due Monday June 8th at 10:00AM.




Week 6: 5/26-5/29

26 May

Periods 1 and 6 ENL :

Assignment on Google Classroom.

Period 8 AIS:

Quizziz on Parts of Speech

Go to Quizziz:

Enter the code: 2776869

Use your real name so I can give you credit!

Play the game as many times as you like to get the grade you want!

Due Monday June 1st at 10:00AM.

Period 3 and 4 English 9R

Regents Task 3 Practice – Complete on Google Classroom:

Watch the following video called The Present:

Complete the Regents Task 3 Assignment:

Watch The Present and write a well-developed, text based response of two to three paragraphs.  In your response, identify the central idea of the author and analyze how the author’s use of one writing strategy (literary element or literary technique or rhetorical device) advances this idea. Use strong and thorough evidence from the text to support your analysis. Do not simply summarize the text.

Here are the notes on how to write the essay, including a template you can follow:

Due Monday June 1st at 10:00 am