Archive | September, 2018

10 Things I Wish I Knew in High School

13 Sep

Quick Write: Imagine it is June 2019. Write about one thing you did well this past school year.

Read the article 10 Things I Wish I’d Known in High School. Answer the questions in your notebook. Be sure to give specific evidence from the article to support each answer.

1. Describe the author. Who is she? What do you know about her? How do you know?

2. Do you trust her? Why or why not?

3. What is her best bit of advice, why?


Remember to bring your Independent Reading Books to class tomorrow!

Notebook; Grading Policy; Quick Write

12 Sep

-Turn in your first Independent Reading Worksheet.

-Today we will discuss the Grading Policy and the Notebook.

Quick Write: How was your first week of high school? Was it what you expected? Any surprises? How do you hope the year will go?


Fix Me Friday; Independent Reading

7 Sep

Did You Get a Marble Composition Notebook Yet?

The notebook will be worth 20% of your quarter grade (we will go over specifics regarding grades next week). You must have a marble composition notebook like the one pictured below. Only English work should be in this notebook. You will be graded on the number of pages you write. Please make sure that you get one as soon as possible, and if you are having problems attaining one, please let me know.


Fix Me Friday

On Fridays, we practice a little grammar. There’s a short paragraph on the board and you must make any corrections in your notebook. Here is today’s paragraph:

For many schools, september means the start of the school year. Students meet they’re new teachers and classmates. This is all so a time to buy clothes and supply such as backpacks pencils, and notebooks. Do you feel excited or nervos about going back to school. Think about what you will learn an whether theres a special goal you will try to meat. What will be the best thing about this school year?

Independent Reading

You will have time to do some reading in class. At the end of the period I will give you this worksheet: Independent Reading Worksheet. Complete this worksheet and hand it in when we return Wednesday.

Enjoy the long weekend! 


Vocabulary; Library for Independent Reading

6 Sep


Two Word Tuesday? On a Thursday?

Normally, on Tuesdays, we do Two Word Tuesday. Every Tuesday we go over two new vocabulary words. This allow us to focus on and go deep with two words. Since we missed Tuesday this week and will miss it again next week, we will do vocabulary today.

9th Grade Vocabulary List.  Today’s words are Optimism and Pessimism.

Independent Reading

Part of our Friday routine is to dedicate time to independent reading. You will be given time to read anything of your choosing. The only requirement is that you are reading something you have not read before. In order to prepare for this, we will visit the Sachem East Library during the second half of class. Take this time to find a book you can read in class tomorrow. Alternatively, you may bring in a book from home. Just be sure to have something with you to read in class tomorrow.

You will be given a classwork grade for reading quietly in class, without any distractions, and filling out this worksheet as completely as possible. Independent Reading Worksheet.


Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!

5 Sep

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Welcome to Mr. Funk’s English Class.

This is the official Mr. Funk Web Page.
Here you will find:

  • A daily post about everything we are doing in class.
  • Downloadable links for assignments and handouts.
  • Important due dates.
  • Helpful links for our class.

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.

We will get to grades, procedures, rules, etc. soon, but not today.


Today we will work on the Letter to Your Future Self.