Parent Teacher Conference- Sept. 26 -Book Fair- Sept 24-27

Here’s the link to the Book Fair brochure:


Check it out! Click on the arrows by some of the books to watch BOOK TRAILERS about the books!


8th Grade Book Projects

You are required to read TWO books per quarter. ALL OF THE BOOKS YOU CHOOSE MUST BE BOOKS THAT YOU HAVE NEVER READ BEFORE. We will go to the library twice per quarter so you can choose a book. Once you choose a book, you will sign-up for it. This way I can monitor what books are being read by which students. Once you sign up for your book, you have a two-week window to change that book. You can change your book for any reason during that two week grace period. Once that time has expired, you may no longer change your book selection.   At midterms, you will take a quiz on the first book. For the quiz, you will be answering ONE of the questions listed below. You will write a thorough response to the question. Your answer will be judged on how well you answer the question and on how well you use examples from the book in your answer. If you write a super answer that includes all of the required elements, you will earn 100 points. If you are missing any elements, you will lose points. On the day of the quiz, you will be instructed by your teacher as to which question you will be answering. You can prepare as much as you would like, but you will not know which question you will be answering until you arrive in class on the quiz date.

The dates the Midterm will be given in class are listed below (dates may change if conflicts arise). You will need to read a different book for each of these quizzes.

1st Quarter – Sept. 16                              2nd Quarter – Nov. 21

3rd Quarter – Feb. 10                              4th Quarter – April 21

Possible Mid-term Quiz Questions:

  1. Give an example of four different types of conflict from the novel. Explain how each conflict was resolved, and how the conflict impacted the characters involved.
    1. Explain in depth the relevance of the title of the novel to the story line.
    2. Compare and contrast the novel you read with whatever text we are using in class.
    3. Explain three cause and effect relationships you found in the book.
    4. Who are the protagonists and who are the antagonists? Do these characters grow or mature by the end of the story? Do they learn something about themselves and how the world works?
    5. Think of a situation that happened to a person in the novel, and decide whether you would have done the same thing he/she did or something different. What might you have done in the situation?
    6. Choose a character from the book and tell what you think about that person. Do you like him/her? Why or why not? Would you like to have that person as a friend? Why or why not? Be specific and use examples to defend your decision.
    7. What part of the story was the funniest? Most exciting? Saddest?
    8. Name two themes from the novel and use evidence to support how those themes are represented in the novel.
    9. Tell about an event from the novel that was a game changer. What took place before the event and what changed after?
    10. Describe three things from the novel that represent symbolism. What do they symbolize, and provide the evidence to support your claim.
    11. Which settings deeply affect the character’s decisions and feelings? Identify two settings and clearly explain the impact each has on the character.
    12. What choice did the main character make during the climax of the story? What choice would you have made? How would “doing it your way” affect the rest of the story?

Final Reading Projects – Each of these projects will be completed in class. More directions will be given on the assigned date. Be sure to have your book finished before the date listed next to each project. You also can not use the same book as the one you used for your midterm, and you must choose a book you have never read before.  Each project is worth 100 points!  I am excited to see your creativity as we complete these projects!

1st Quarter – Snapshot of the Climax – Oct. 24                 2ndQuarter –The Gift – Jan. 6

3rd Quarter – Character Comparison – March 13                4thQuarter – Fortune Teller – May 15

 I hope you have had an amazing summer vacation!  In June I was able to go to Disneyland and Huntington Beach with my family.  It was a blast!  We made so many great memories.  I was also lucky enough to travel to Oahu, Hawaii for two weeks!  I read on the beach, swam with sharks, and dove off of a 30-foot cliff into the ocean! What did you do this summer?  

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        I was able to read some amazing books this summer!  My favorite genre is thriller, but I read quite a variety.  What books were you able to read this summer?

1. Signs of Life By Natalie Taylor

2. The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die By April Henry

3. Blood Will Tell By April Henry

4. SYLO By D.J. MacHale

5. A House in the Sky By Amanda Lindhout & Sara Corbett

6. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepety



And if you haven’t already downloaded the Overdrive app on your phone or other devices,  here’s the school district’s instructions for that:


1. Find and download the free app for Overdrive. The app icon looks like this:




2.  Search for and select Weber School District. Then find Orion Junior High.

3.  Log in using your same school user name and password you use to log into a computer at school.

4.  Search, find, and checkout books you want to read from the online library.