"Be Truthful, Gentle, and Fearless." - Gandhi
"You must do the thing you think you cannot do." - Eleanor Roosevelt 
 Important Events
AIMS Testing
(8th Grade=Math, Science, & Reading):
 April 7-10
Ordering a Yearbook: 
 (Order Number is 16449)

 Q4 Curriculum: 
*Functional Text
* Informational Text
* Historical & Cultural Text

Welcome to 8th Grade Language Arts!

AIMS BootCamp!
Thanks for everyone's participation in our AIMS Boot Camp. It was a great review of Reading Concepts and Test-Taking Strategies. Mrs. Gribble, Mrs. Osborne, Ms. Taylor, and I had an awesome day! :)

Research Report:
Everything you need for the Research Report (Speech) can be found under the "Informational Text" tab. Flee Maps + Works Cited Page is due Friday, April 4th. Speeches start April 8th (Tuesday)
April 3rd:
Click on the link below to access the "Elements of Literature" document.
April 1st:
Click on the link below to access the "Elements of Poetry" document.

March 31st:
Click on the link below to access today's lesson. 
Functional Text
Reading from the Novel:
If you are ever absent from class (or just need to re-read sections of our class novel), rememer you can find an online version under the "Class Novel" tab. Keep in mind, you are responible to be current with all class reading (check the calendar tab to see where we are).

Extra Supplies: If at all possible, students should have their own pair of scissors, glue, and/or tape. Considering we will be using our Interactive Notebook everyday in class, students will be using these supplies regularly. Students will be using glue on a regular basis in Language Arts. 

Remind 101: (Educational Resource)

Remind101 is a way to receive reminders from Ms. Slayton regarding Language Arts class. This is a one-way text messaging and email system. With Remind101, all personal information remains completely confidential. Teachers will never see your phone number, nor will you ever see theirs. Visit to learn more. Click on the link for information on how to sign up!

Ms.Slayton's Remind101

Daily Dictionary Notecards:

**Keep in mind, you should have ONE notecard (front and back filled out appropriately) for each Daily Dictionary Term.  At any point,
Ms. Slayton can have a notecard check in which you are responsible for having a completed notecard.

Grading Policy: Please note that there are no zeros in this class. The lowest score entered will be 50% of that assignment's total point value. If a student is missing any assignment, the online grade book will show a 50%  along with a "Missing" comment. 

Please make sure you are keeping up with all assignments and outside reading. 
For a complete list of assignments, be sure to check the "Calendar" tab. You can also find links to most of our work under the "Homework" tab. 

Important Note: Please reference the 5-Point Grading Rubric below (also attached within your Interactive Notebook) to remind yourself of how most work within your Interactive Notebook will be assessed. Additionally, your weekly warm-ups will also be assessed using this rubric. 
For any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email me. I look forward to a great year as a Sossaman Spartan! 
Ms. Slayton  
8th Grade Reading Challenge:
All students are expected to read at least 20 novels throughout the school year. In order to meet this expectation, be sure to read for at least 30 minutes every single day!
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