Scholastic Book Order- Due Friday March 9th!

Scholastic Book Club Ordering Information

Class Activation Code: NK3ZJ

Due Date: Friday, March 9th

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English 7:   I hope you’re all finishing the novel you’ve been reading for 3rd Qtr. and turning in your Reader Response Form and any make-up work from this quarter!  If not, it’s all due by March 9!

English 7:  Book Report TEST is on March 9th!  All missing and make-up work is for this quarter on March 9th!


Since we are reading Crispin; the Cross of Lead  which takes place during the Middle Ages, your 3rd Qtr. writing assignment is to research (online at home or using books from our library) the Middle Ages, choose 3 topics specific to that era (knighthood, castles, peasant life,feudalism, weaponry, illuminated manuscript, etc.), and write a report on your findings. Include a Bibliography page after the report that lists the sources you used in writing your report.

Try these websites for some good research information:


Rough Draft due date:  Feb. 12  (50 pts.)

Printing Final Draft in Computer Lab:  Feb. 15.  (100 pts.)  The report should reach a 3rd page when typed, and then you should add your Bibliography page after that.

Here is an example of a Middle Ages Report, using the required formatting for this paper. Please take note of:

*The title and subtitles

*The introductory paragraph and the concluding paragraph

*The 3 separate topics in the body of the paper

*The “illuminated manuscript” initial that begins the paper

*The Bibliography page.

Click here–Middle Ages Research Report example–to view the Middle Ages Report example.

Click here–Citing Your Information Sources on a Bibliography Page–to view instructions on typing a Bibliography page.






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

2nd Quarter Extra Credit!

7th Grade can do an extra Book Report for 50 Points of Extra Credit!  Also, you can do a Scholastic Book Order for up to 20 pts. of Extra Credit!  

 8th Grade will be able to participate in a Scholastic Book art competition for 40 points of Extra Credit!  Also, they can order a Scholastic Book for up to 20 points of Extra Credit!  

Qtr. 2 Argument Essay Writing Assignment

Paragraph Writing-Argumentative- powerpoint (00C)Click here — to view the Argument Essay Example.

Rough Draft due date (for Peer Review activity):    Nov. 21  (Worth 40 points!)

Typing the final copy and posted on Google Classroom by November 28th! (Worth 100 Points!)

Click here —School Daze– Argument Essay example- color coded— to read an example of an effective argument essay.

Click here–Using TEXT EVIDENCE overhead–to see the example paragraph for “Using Text Evidence in Argument Writing.”

2nd Quarter Independent Reading Requirement!

Read one book and complete the Qtr. 2 Reader Response form by Jan. 5!

A Wrinkle in Time Series!

The Time Quintet by Madeleine L’Engle consists of A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time. The digest box set features the art of Taeeun Yoo.

A Wrinkle in Time is one of the most significant novels of our time. This fabulous, ground-breaking science-fiction and fantasy story is the first of five in the Time Quintet series about the Murry family. A Wrinkle in Time is soon to be a major motion picture from Disney, directed by Ava DuVernay, starring Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling.

A Wind in the Door―When Charles Wallace falls ill, Meg, Calvin, and their teacher, Mr. Jenkins, must travel inside C.W. to make him well, and save the universe from the evil Echthros.

A Swiftly Tilting Planet―The Murry and O’Keefe families enlist the help of the unicorn, Gaudior, to save the world from imminent nuclear war.

Many Waters―Meg Murry, now in college, time travels with her twin brothers, Sandy and Dennys, to a desert oasis that is embroiled in war.

An Acceptable Time―While spending time with her grandparents, Alex and Kate Murry, Polly O’Keefe wanders into a time 3,000 years before her own.


Can you believe it? The end of 1st quarter is fast-approaching, and that means lots of due dates! So just to remind everybody:


Your Qtr. 1 Reader Response Form(s)! 

ALL make-up work, of any kind, from 1st Quarter!

*For those interested in extra credit:    Read another book and do any extra Reader Response Form by Oct. 19 for 100 points extra credit!!!






Here is an example of the “Fear” Paper writing assignment that was given out in English 7. (Write a personal narrative paper about an experience YOU have had involving fear;  Rough Draft due date: Sept. 15 for 50 points! The rough draft may be hand-written or typed.) Notice the strong “6 Traits” elements in this paper. Also, notice the typing format. This is the format that should be used when you type YOUR final paper.  (We will be typing the final paper in the computer lab Sept. 22, 23, and 26 for 100 points!))

Click here–Fear Paper Example–to see the “Fear” Paper example

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 Sepetys








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.