Ask your folks…

if they remember these:

We’re bringing Scholastic back!

Go to the Scholastic Book Club website and join our classroom with this code: QZRGH.

Scholastic offers great deals on books, and every time you order, we earn points to use toward books for our classroom library! And, the arrival of book boxes at school is always fun…

Here are some flyers to explore:

You can place orders here!

Four legs good, two legs bad.


From the Animal Farm to the Brave New World…

In addition to reading Animal Farm, as we conclude our study of government and civics, we will each choose our own dystopian novel to read.

For this reading assignment, you must read a book that you have not read before. Rereading isn’t an option. If you choose to read a graphic novel, then you must read three. Yes, you read that right: three graphic novels. If you are a non-fiction reader, you can choose a book related to what you’ve been studying in American Studies History. If you have any question about whether or not a book qualifies for this assignment, please ask Doc.

As you read the novel, you’ll have several short writing and presenting assignments that ask you to briefly summarize the book without giving too much away; identify important themes in the book; make connections to what we’ve been working on in both American Studies History and English; make connections to current events; and draw conclusions about the book and those connections.

If you finish a book quickly, then I’d love to see you go above and beyond by reading more than one!


Banned Books Week is here!

We will begin working on this project in class on Monday 9/24 or Tuesday 9/25. You need not do anything before then. Thanks!

Let’s begin by seeking understanding of Banned Books Week. Using the GoogleSlides on the Banned Books page, create handwritten notes or sketchnotes in your own words defining these terms and answering these questions. Again, please take notes in your own words as you seek to understand. If you do not finish in the class time provided, this is time-critical homework because you’ll need this insight for class this week!

Banned Books Notes:

  • First Amendment
  • Intellectual Freedom
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Censorship
  • Banned vs. Challenged
  • Why do books get challenged or banned? What trends or commonalities do you notice in the reasons for bans or challenges?

On Wednesday 9/26 and Thursday 9/27, we are in the Library with Mrs. Eppelsheimer! The discussion questions are on GoogleClassroom, which is where you’ll turn them in.

Copy of Dear Banned Author (3)_1

Learning Targets:

  • Express appreciation for an author or book in writing by following the tips given below.
  • Meet the expectations of the 8th grade Writing Specs.

From the American Library Association:

Dear Banned Author is a letter-writing campaign hosted by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. During Banned Books Week, readers are encouraged to write to their favorite banned or challenged authors, sharing what their stories meant to them. The goal of the campaign is to not only raise awareness of books that are threatened with censorship and support authors, but also encourage thoughtful discussions about the power of words and how essential it is to have access to a variety of viewpoints in libraries. Authors also have shared fan letters as support when there’s a public challenge to their books. Speaking out for banned and challenged books is vital in the fight against censorship.

The American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom hopes that you realize that as a student and young person in America today, your words “have the power to sway decisions, to defend access to books, to stop censorship. Your words can combat the silencing of stories.”

This week, as part of Banned Books Week, we will participate in the ALA’s Dear Banned Author campaign. We will each write at least one postcard to a living author whose work is important to us or our communities. As you choose a contemporary author, consider the ALA’s question: What book has impacted your life?

Click here for a list of authors’ names, addresses, and twitter handles! If the author you would like to write to is not on this list, please see Doc for help.

Click here for the rest of the assignment. Please carefully follow the instructions! Pay attention to detail. You can also find several options for going Above and Beyond on the assignment sheet!

Book Rec Ad


You have three learning targets for this project:

  • I can write a brief description of a book that sparks interest in it without giving too much of it away.
  • I can meet the expectations of the 8th grade Writing Specs. (Remember, book titles are italicized!).
  • I can create a visually appealing and easily understandable poster with creative and artistic elements, such as backgrounds, images, font choices, colors, and so on.

Click here for the GoogleDocs (which I often abbreviate as “GD”) assignment sheet, which can also be found on GoogleClassroom (which I often abbreviate as “GC”).

Find the 8th grade Writing Specs here!

Let’s talk Summer Reading!


For the next few days, please bring at least one of your favorite summer reading books. If you don’t have the book, you can print out a copy of the cover or have the cover open on your laptop. Because we’re going to be moving around the room, it’d be easier for you to have the book or a printed copy of the cover.

Also please bring in your Summer Reading Bingo card with the books you read listed in the boxes! Please definitely do so if you got a Bingo! Woo hoo!

Here’s a link to the Summer Reading information.

Summer Reading Speed Dating ~ 

Let’s make some love connections!

Summer Reading Book Speed Dating Profile

Book Speed Dating

Homework: Summer Reading Book Ad Locker Poster

Middle School’s 30 Book Challenge

The Middle School 30 Book Challenge!

Just a few of many resources for the 30 Book Challenge:

Our best resource? MRS. EPPELSHEIMER! Go see Mrs. E. for the best personalized book suggestions! She’s magical.