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All grades are through Google Classroom (GC).  Please look at your student's GC and Aeries to see if you have missing assignments.  *All late work needs to be submitted two weeks before the end of the quarter.

English Grade breakdown:

60% = Assignments

20% = Tests, essays, major projects

20% = Independent Reading (IR) Program

Important Dates: Please write these in your planner!

Independent Reading Goals for the quarter are due:

1st Quarter:  Friday, October 7

2nd Quarter:  Wed., Dec. 7

3rd Quarter:  Friday, March 3

4th Quarter:  Thurs., May 11

We love reading!
We love reading!

Please click the above link to see what reading goals your student has for each quarter.

Jocelyn Coltrin

Welcome to Slater Middle School English!


Welcome to English 7 and 8!  I'm so excited for this school year.  Yes, I was on the t.v. show Wheel of Fortune a couple years ago.  :-) 

  • If you have any questions about your student's progress, please visit Aeries, as I try to update the grades weekly (after I've graded the assignments in Google Classroom).  
  • If you have any questions for me, the best way to ensure a timely response is to email me at .  

FAQ = Frequently Asked Questions

Please look at your student Google Classroom's CLASSWORK TAB for all assignments.  (The Stream is just for announcements.)

  • The FAQ page above has answers to most of your questions! 
  • Zoom link is a Material at the top of the page, along with the Syllabus, and Reading Homework info.
  • Underneath are weekly topics, where all the week's assignments are located.
  • Each assignment has a due date and time.  
  • Homework:  Independent Reading is daily work for all students.  Students should be reading about 15--20 minutes daily, and will take an AR Quiz afterwards to document their basic reading comprehension of the book. Students' goals are to read 5 books per quarter.  Students can use class time after their other work to read!  
  • English Activities.  These may include:
    • Grammar, vocabulary, spelling strategies, sentence work, brainstorming, mentor texts, nonfiction reading and writing, journal prompts that are tied to the day’s/unit’s lesson, etc.
    • Journaling on Independent Reading books, inspirations, favorite lines, emulating mentor writing, talking about figurative language, recognizing classic themes, elements of short stories, etc.  
    • These activities will generate ideas for more formal writings, including persuasive, argument, and summaries, as well as narrative/creative writing.
Requested Supplies

Here is the link to my page, where you can help your students get books and basic supplies for the classroom :  

Students should have these for English class (I will buy supplies for those who can't get them, so please consider donating a few extras to the classroom):  

  • 3-ring English binder with sections TO KEEP IN CLASS 
  • at least 200 sheets binder paper
  • Independent Reading (I.R.) novel (bring to class daily)
  • fully charged Chromebook
  • blue/black ink pens and pencil with eraser
  • 2 highlighters of different colors
  • flash cards (for spelling, Greek & Latin roots, vocabulary words)
  • sticky (Post-It) notes
  • a sense of humor and a willingness to learn

Optional items/items for the classroom:

  • a pencil pouch
  • glue sticks
  • colored pens or pencils
  • facial tissues
  • hand sanitizer
  • white out/correction tape
Helpful Websites for English

Please check the following sites regularly:

What Time Should You Go to Bed?
What Time Should You Go to Bed?
Letter about our classroom library... 

"Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created or recreated by the author.

When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror. Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences as part of the larger human experience. Reading, then, becomes a means of self-affirmation, and readers often seek their mirrors in books."


--Originally coined by Rudine Sims Bishop, Professor Emerita of Education at Ohio State University, who specialised in African American children’s literature. In a 1990 article re-published recently by Reading Is Fundamental (RIF).