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Mrs. Jeppson's Classes

I love to read and write and talk - all important activities we participate in every day. Words and ideas hold power. Come to class and find out all the ways we can use English to make our lives amazing!
I grew up in Utah, reading every book I could get my hands on. Some of my favorites were books written by Roald Dahl, the Anne of Green Gables series, and books about kids facing challenges. I spent the rest of my time riding my bike and roller skating. In high school, I participated in theater, debate and journalism. 
I went to college at Utah State University, earning a degree in English Literature with a minor in Anthropology. I also have a Masters Degree in English Literature from the University of Utah. After graduate school, I taught writing at Salt Lake Community College for several years. I loved teaching college, but I wanted to try something new. I began at Summit Academy four years ago, teaching eighth grade English. This year, I am also teaching creative writing/bookmaking, study skills, and yearbook. 
My current hobbies include reading (big surprise!), cooking, hiking, biking, and spending time with my husband and three kids.  We ski in the winter and hike trails in the summer. I also have a striped cat named Kit and a border collie named Cyprus.The best part of my summer was being outside, and traveling to California and Colorado.
You will find that we don't just read and write in class - we also make books, publish writing, and experiment with podcasts, blogs, and presentations.

Recent Posts

Articles about Word of the Year

After completing your first assignment, read one of the articles below that matches the word you investigated.
After you read the article, write a 30 word or less summary of what the article explains. Write this on the back of your first assignment. Be sure you indicate what article you read!

2nd Quarter Writing Project: Letters About Literature

All English classes will be completing this writing assignment by the end of second quarter. We will be working on this in class, however, students will need to choose a novel or other book soon in order to finish it by the quarter's end. If you need suggestions, let me know. You may also order books from Scholastic, at using my classroom code NBH33. There are some awesome books for just a few dollars! I will be placing an order right after Thanksgiving break.

Natural High Contest Submission - Due 5/14

Don't forget to submit your essay or video to the Natural High Essay Contest! All entries are due by 5/14, but you have to get parental permission first. Visit for complete details. Good luck!

Natural High Essay/Video Assignment

This week in class we are focusing on a short writing assignment in conjunction with Health class. Students are asked to identify what activity they consider to be their "natural high," and explain how this makes them feel. They can choose to either write an essay of 500-800 words or make a video of 2 minutes or less. The complete instructions are listed on the assignment sheet. Students also have the option of entering their essay or video in a national contest. Full rules and submission instructions can be found at
All essays and videos are due in class on Monday, April 30. 

Second Semester - Overview

Happy 2018! I realize we are just a few weeks in, but we have accomplished a lot in those few weeks. I apologize for not updating my pages sooner! We are currently studying WW2 and the Holocaust in the context of reading either Anne Frank (the play version, which ran originally on Broadway), or The Book Thief (Honors classes). We have studied some background on WW2, and are just getting started with our main text study. There will be a research project on WW2 that we complete in class soon.
Also this semester: Shakespeare, poetry, a novel study, and a contemplation of the future. One of my new year's resolutions is to keep my websited updated - I promise I will try my best!
If you ever need to meet with me, or have questions about what we are doing, please email me and we can find a time that works to chat. Our Summit email addresses have been updated, so my new email is
As always, thanks for sending great kids to Summit!

Welcome to 8th Grade ELA!

 I can't wait to explore the world of reading and writing with all of you. We had a great first week of school, and it will only get better from here on out! We will be starting our unit on heroes, courage and short stories, and I am sure you will have many great insights. 

A few notes after parent teacher conferences

Hi everyone! It was great to meet or reconnect with you at parent teacher conferences last week. If you ever have questions about how your student is doing in English, please email me. We can get together if you would like, either before or after school.
Some of you asked me how you could challenge your child at home, in either reading or writing. Research shows that the more access kids have to reading material, the better reader they will be. Simply having books around at home will help them more than you know. Let them see YOU reading something, and then talk to them about it. Get a library card, and take your kids to check out something new. Librarians are great sources for new recommendations. And if you really want to challenge your kids, encourage them to read something different than they usually do - like a newspaper, a magazine, a poem, or any other informational text you have. Most of them like novels, but magazines are amazing, too! Try National Geographic, Newsweek, The Economist, Popular Science, or national newspapers like the New York Times or the Washington Post. Many of them are available as apps, too. And to improve writing, students can log onto and practice their writing. If they need their login, have them come and talk to me.
Lastly, I will be submitting a book order at the end of the week. If you would like to order online, visit and enter my classroom code, which is NBH33.
Thanks for sending great kids to Summit!

World War II and Holocaust Studies

We have been building our background knowledge on events during World War II and the Holocaust in preparation for reading The Book Thief. We will be reading this novel in class, and participating in writing and research along with this. The "Profiles of World War II" project is due in class on either January 30 (A day) or January 31 (B). Let me know if you have questions!

Looking for a great book to read? This web page links to lists of books recommended for junior high students. Let students browse one of these lists and then plan a trip to the library!