Mr. Durbin's History classes
Jerry Durbin
Crosby Middle School

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WELCOME TO MR. DURBIN'S 2016-17 AMERICAN HISTORY COURSE!!!

Your first CHECKPOINT in American History is tomorrow.  We looked over it today.  Prepare your answers in advance so you know how to answer the questions on Tuesday.

 YOU WILL BE SUCCESSFUL!!!!!!!

IT IS NOT AN OPTION!!!! 

SUPPLIES FOR MR. DURBIN'S CLASS!!!

Please follow the JCPS Supply List distributed by the Board of Education! 

                       

   I HAVE VERY HIGH EXPECTATIONS FOR THIS YEARS CLASS!!!  

THEY SHOULD BLOW AWAY THE  K-PREP ACCOUNTABILITY TESTS THAT   WE TAKE AT THE END OF THE YEAR!!! 

                      

REPORT CARDS

Below is when the Grading Periods end for the 2016/17 school year.   You may keep up with your progress on Infinite Campus or the Parent Portal. Remember this could change with bad weather days.  

 

GRADING PERIODS 2016-17       

OPENING DAY 8-10-16 - LAST DAY 5-24-17

    

 1st GRADING PERIOD

BEGINNING                08-10-16

ENDING                       09-19-16

28 Teaching Days

 Report Cards Distributed on September 28, 2016

   

2nd GRADING PERIOD

BEGINNING                   9-20-16

ENDING                         11-01-16

                                         28 Teaching Days

                Report Cards Distributed on November 11, 2016

 

  3rd GRADING PERIOD

BEGINNING                 11-02-16

ENDING                        12-16-16

28 Teaching Days

    Report Cards Distributed on January 11, 2017

 

4th GRADING PERIOD

BEGINNING                01-03-17

ENDING                      02-14-17

                                          30 Teaching Days

                   Report Cards Distributed on February 23, 2017

 

  5th GRADING PERIOD

BEGINNING                02-15-17

ENDING                       03-29-17

29 Teaching Days

       Report Cards Distributed on April 18, 2017 

 

6th GRADING PERIOD

BEGINNING                04-10-17

ENDING                      05-24-17

                                          32 Teaching Days

                      Report Cards Distributed on June 05, 2017

  

WE REALLY BELIEVE THAT YOU WILL DO A GREAT JOB ON THIS YEAR!!!!

 

 THE ONLY WAY TO BECOME A GOOD STUDENT IS TO DEVELOP SUCCESSFUL STRATEGIES.   LOOK AT THE LIST OF ITEMS DOWN BELOW.  I KNOW THEY CAN HELP YOU IF YOU WANT THEM TO.   YOU CAN DO IT IF YOU WANT TO.

STUDY TIPS FOR SUCCESS

1. Write down what the learning objective and your homework is each day in class.

2. Decide on a time each day that is best for you to complete your homework.

3. Find a quiet place to do your work each night . (Not talking on the phone, watching T.V., playing Playstation or X-Box, etc.) 

4. Each night review what you covered in class by reading over notes, etc.

5. Put all work in specific place in your folder, binder or trapper so it is easy to find the next day at school.

6. Put everything in your backpack the night before so you don't leave completed work at home.

7. Study for all Tests in advance. (Don't procrastinate)

8. Believe in yourself and give your best effort.  (Don't settle for second best)

9. Do the Bonus Questions each night to help your grade in class.

 

We will do CURRENT EVENTS each week -  all year long. (Due every Thursday)  

COMMUNICATION

Do not ever hesitate to contact me by email.  I am usually able to respond sooner by email than by phone.  Keeping communication open if you have questions will help make your child's 8th Grade experience more positive and successful.  My email address is jerry.durbin@jefferson.kyschools.us if you need to reach me for any reason. I do check email every day here at school. Some days it is down, but I will make every effort to contact you in a very prompt manner. Please don't forget we have almost 150 students on our team, so sometimes it gets a little chaotic.

THE AVERAGE DAILY CLASS IN AMERICAN HISTORY

Students will be viewing powerpoints in class and participating in Lecture/Discussion classes on the material covered.  If they read the night before like they are required to do, then they can be active participants in the class instead of just sitting there.  We will also be doing long-term and short-term projects.  

Students are required to keep a History Binder that consists of Four Divided Sections: 1) Learning Targets and Warm-ups        2) Notes         3) Vocabulary       4) Graded and returned papers        5) Extra Paper to replace used paper.   

Students will have nightly work to review the core content knowledge that we cover daily.

THERE WILL BE HOMEWORK EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK IN AMERICAN HISTORY CLASS!!!!

PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILDREN STUDY FOR THEIR TESTS IN ADVANCE.

Happy CyclopsDon't forget there are daily bonus points down below!Happy Cyclops

There are some very interesting links that have been added at the bottom of the web page. Go and check them out. Some have interesting activities and some are just plain and simple interesting. Many of these will reinforce and introduce ideas about Government and the Constitution.

   

WHAT WE ARE CURRENTLY STUDYING 

***We are currently studying New Empires in the Americas and early exploration by the Vikings, Spanish, French, English, Dutch and Swedish.  We have a Check Point on this material Thursday along with a 30 question mini-test.  

PARENTS PLEASE TALK TO YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE LEARNING IN AMERICAN HISTORY CLASS. 

THE MORE YOU ASK AND DISCUSS IT WITH THEM, THEY RETAIN AND MAKES IT EASIER FOR THEM ON THEIR TESTS AND ON THE KPREP TEST IN MAY!!!!  

 

 

 

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MONDAY - AUGUST 29, 2016

LEARNING TARGET(S): 1) I can identify the Spanish conquistadors and explorers and locate the areas or regions that they explored and conquered. 

HOMEWORK: 1) Work on your European Explorer Part 2 Discovery Sheet. 

WHAT WE DID IN CLASS TODAY:  Today we did our Learning Target and Reading Warm-up to start class.  We worked on our European Explorer Part 2 Discovery Sheet the entire class.  We finished class doing our Learning Target Reflection. 

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TUESDAY - AUGUST 30, 2016

LEARNING TARGET(S): 1) I can identify the reasons for Spanish victory over the Aztec and Inca (Native Americas).  

HOMEWORK: 1) Finish the European Explorer Part 2 Discovery Sheet    2) Study for a quiz on the same material     3) Read Chapter 2 - Section 5

WHAT WE DID IN CLASS TODAY:  Today we did our Learning Target and Reading Warm-up to start class.  We took notes on the Reasons for Spanish Victory mini-lesson.  We continued working on our European Explorer Part 2 Discovery Sheet (Quiz tomorrow) the entire class.  We finished class doing our Learning Target Reflection.  ON THURSDAY WE HAVE OUR 2ND CHECKPOINT and WE WILL TAKE A 30 QUESTION MINI-TEST ON CHAPTER TWO.

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WEDNESDAY - AUGUST 31, 2016

LEARNING TARGET(S): 1) I can describe what the conditions for enslaved Africans were like on the Middle Passage    2) I can explain the importance of the Great Convergence. 

HOMEWORK: 1) Study for Check Point #2 and the Chapter 2 Multiple Choice Test that we are taking on Friday. 

WHAT WE DID IN CLASS TODAY:  Today we did our Learning Target and Reading Warm-up to start class. We then took a quiz on European Explorers Part 2.   We took notes on Mini-lessons on the Middle Passage, African Diaspora and the Great Convergence.  We finished class doing our Learning Target Reflection.  ON FRIDAY WE HAVE OUR 2ND CHECKPOINT and WE WILL TAKE A 30 QUESTION MINI-TEST ON CHAPTER TWO.

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THURSDAY - SEPTEMBER 1, 2016

LEARNING TARGET(S): 1) I can explain the importance of the Great Convergence. 

HOMEWORK1) Study for Check Point #2 and the Chapter 2 Multiple Choice Test that we are taking on Friday, September 2, 2016. Study Guide for Multiple Choice is in the Files Section.

WHAT WE DID IN CLASS TODAY:  Today we did our Learning Target and Reading Warm-up to start class. We took notes on a Mini-lesson on the Great Convergence.  We went over Check Point #2.  We finished class doing our Learning Target Reflection.  ON FRIDAY WE HAVE OUR 2ND CHECKPOINT and WE WILL ALSO TAKE A 30 QUESTION MINI-TEST ON CHAPTER TWO. ( A blank copy of the Check Point and a 30 question Test Study Guide is in the Files section of this website).  PLEASE STUDY!  BE PREPARED!  BE DISTINGUISHED!

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FRIDAY - AUGUST 21, 2015

LEARNING TARGET(S): 1) 

HOMEWORK: 1) 

WHAT WE DID IN CLASS TODAY:  Today we 

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TUESDAY - SEPTEMBER 6, 2016

LEARNING TARGET(S): 1) I can identify the first permanent English Colony in the Americas.   2) I can describe the economy of the South in detail. 

HOMEWORK: 1) Complete your Chapter 1 - Section 1 Guided Notes if you did not finish in class.    2) Do Chapter 3 - Section 1 Worksheet         3) Study for a Chapter 3 - Section 1 Quiz.         4) COMP CLASSES - Go over last week's Checkpoint Sample Answers to finish tomorrow in class. 

WHAT WE DID IN CLASS TODAY:  Today we did our Learning Target and Reading Warm-up to start class.  We worked on our Guided Notes for the Southern Colonies and did a Mini-lesson on the Southern Colonies Economy.  We finished class doing our Learning Target Reflection. 

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DAILY BONUS QUESTIONS - Use your book.  Try to answer all of the questions.  (You may bring the answers to Mr. Durbin the next day or you may email the answers to him and save some trees)        

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WORTH FIVE POINTS EACH NIGHT!!!

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