Jan. 5 – Due date for all late and absent work

8th Grade Independent Reading Projects

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                 2nd Quarter –The Gift – Jan. 6

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

 I have read and understand the directions: Parent Signature __________________

 

9th Grade/9th Honors Independent Reading Projects

9th 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. The date of the quiz, your teacher will pull the name of a student out of one hat and a question from the list below from another hat. The person will then answer the question orally. You will be judged on giving a thorough response aloud. 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. You will earn 100 points for this answer, so you will want to prepare ahead of time by reviewing each question and the answer you would give. 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!

9th Grade Reading Project List

1st Quarter – Character in a bag – Oct. 24 and 25                                2nd Quarter – Book Snapshot – Jan. 6

3rd Quarter – Speed Dating – March 13-14                                            4th Quarter –   Children’s Book – May 20

 

 I have read and understand the directions: Parent Signature __________________

 

*Dates are subject to change!

Honors English Book Bingo Sheet

Name ____________________________

Book Bingo

Directions: Each quarter you will get the opportunity to earn book bingo; this in an assignment worth 100 points. You may get the bingo going any direction.  You will write down the title and author of the book you read.  Each book can only count for one square.  Write the books for each quarter in a different color.  For example, during first quarter, all of the books you read should be written in red.  Second quarter, you need to change to a new color.  If you earn black out by the end of the year, you will earn a special prize!

Thriller/Suspense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Historical Fiction Been on your shelf forever Read in one weekend Received as a gift
Short Story Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graphic Novel Biography/Memoir Romance/female author More than 10-years old
A sequel or next in a series

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Re-read because it was so good Free Space Recommended by a friend A genre you don’t usually read
A book set in summer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by someone of a different race than you Set in a country you want to visit A book by an author you’ve never read A book with a one-word title
Won a book award

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turned into a movie About an event from American History A book with a number in the title A book that supplements what we are reading in class