Archive | January, 2016

No School! Missing Work in My Mailbox!

24 Jan

The four-legged Funk canines during the blizzard

Well the amazing happened! Mother Nature decided against school on Monday. Enjoy your day off!

If You Are Missing Work please put it in my mailbox in the main office. Otherwise email it to me. Please attach the file to an email to, Sharing on Google Drive has not worked in the past.

9th Grade Midterm Tuesday

When we come back, 9th Graders will have midterms at 8am, here are the rooms:

P1 D209
P4 A325
P8 A330
Go to the corresponding room unless you have been instructed to go elsewhere.

As I said in class, a lot of the test involves reading comprehension, but if you would like to study, brush up on the following:

Subject Verb Agreement

Commonly Confused Words

Literary Devices

Any Skill to the Right!


No Midterm. Do something cool while you are young, like build a snowman on the beach!

A visit to Rocky Neck State Park in the middle of winter. Can be shot anytime Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Basically whatever the

All Work for the Second Quarter is Due Today!

22 Jan

Make sure you have all of your work for the second quarter in today!

We will fill out the second quarter portfolio cover sheet: 2nd Quarter Reflection and staple our writing pieces and super pass to the front.

Have a great weekend and good luck with the storm!

Class Time to Finish and Revise 2nd Quarter Work

21 Jan

Finishing line

Today you have the entire class in the Lab/Library to fix up and revise any of your work for a better grade, as well as finish your Final Reading Assignment: social commentary in our world essay

Get any Grade You Want for the Second Quarter!

20 Jan


Every student in Mr. Funk’s class can have whatever grade they want! You have the power. If you are not happy with a grade, revise your work by Friday and earn more points.

What’s more? Today and tomorrow you will have class time to do just that! Use this time wisely! Finish your reading assignment (social commentary in our world essay)and revise your papers.

I want you to all get 100s.

All you have to do is come and get it!

Reading Assignment 4; I Have a Dream

19 Jan

This is the last week of the second quarter! Today you will have a chance to see what your grades for the second quarter are at this point. Please take the opportunity to revise any grades you are unsatisfied with.

Reading Assignment #4

Today we will discuss the 4th and final reading assignment for the second quarter. For this assignment you will be identifying social commentary in the art, music, tv shows, etc that you enjoy. Here is the handout and guidelines for the assignment: social commentary in our world essay

Some Important Dates:

  • Wednesday 1/20: Notebook Check (worth 20pts. You get 2pts. for every 3 pages)
  • Friday 1/22: Reading Assignment 4 Due (any extension must be in by Monday)
  • Friday 1/22: Absolute Last chance to hand in any revisions

“I Have A Dream” speech

Finally we will read and analyze Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.  It contains plenty of skills and techniques that have helped the speech resonate for half a century. Here’s a transcript: i have a dream mlk

Social Commentaries Due; Due Dates; Grammar

15 Jan


Today our Social commentary piece is due. Fill out the rubric and label your skills!

End of the Quarter Due Dates

Wednesday 1-20: Notebooks will be checked

Friday 1-22: Any revisions must be in

Friday 1-22: Reading Assignment 4 is due (If you plan on using your extension, this assignment must be in no later than Monday 1-25).

Subject Verb Agreement

Today we will discuss Subject- Verb Agreement using this worksheet: subject_verb_agreement

Social Commentary Examples and Time to Work on it

13 Jan

Today, we are listening to another social commentary song, Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song.” I will hand out examples of social commentary pieces from my former students. Then you will have time in class to work on you own.

On Thursday we will be in the computer lab 1st period, and the library all other periods. There you will have time to work on your social commentary.

Social Commentary Overview – My Generation

12 Jan

Today we will look at the requirements for the fourth writing piece, the Social Commentary: social commentary overview

Also, we will analyze the song by The Who ,”My Generation,” and a writing piece by a student which references this song.


Social Commentary

11 Jan

Today we will discuss social commentary.  Our 4th writing piece will be to produce your own social commentary piece.

Social Commentary – art that attempts to critique aspects of the world and the people in it.


Today we will spend a lot of time discovering topic ideas for our social commentary piece.

Quick Writes: For each of the following images, what statements are being made about society and perhaps life in general?

Calvin and Hobbes


Work on Reading Assignment 3 in Class

7 Jan

Today we will have time to work on our Reading Assignment in class.

12th Grade

Goto A206 to work on your assignment.  Here are a couple of images to help get you thinking…


9th Grade

Report to our normal classroom. You will not need to type the reading assignment.  We will have time to work on it in class today. The assignment is due at the end of class on Friday.