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

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WELCOME TO MR. DURBIN'S 2014-15 AMERICAN HISTORY COURSE!!!

 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 ACT EXPLORE and the KPREP ACCOUNTABILITY TESTS THAT WE TAKE!!! 

                      

REPORT CARDS

Below is when the Grading Periods end for the 2014/15 school year.   You may keep up with your progress on Infinite Campus or the Parent Portal.

 

GRADING PERIODS 2014-15     

OPENING DAY 8-13-14 - LAST DAY 5-28-15

    

 1st GRADING PERIOD

BEGINNING                08-13-14

ENDING                       09-19-14

27 Teaching Days

 Report Cards Distributed on September 30, 2014

   

2nd GRADING PERIOD

BEGINNING                   10-01-14

ENDING                         11-07-14

                                                30 Teaching Days

                       Report Cards Distributed on November 18, 2014

 

  3rd GRADING PERIOD

BEGINNING                 11-10-14

ENDING                        12-19-14

27 Teaching Days

  Report Cards Distributed on January 13, 2015

 

4th GRADING PERIOD

BEGINNING                01-05-15

ENDING                      02-13-15

                                                29 Teaching Days

                          Report Cards Distributed on February 24, 2015

 

  5th GRADING PERIOD

BEGINNING                02-16-15

ENDING                       04-01-15

31 Teaching Days

       Report Cards Distributed on April 21, 2015  

 

6th GRADING PERIOD

BEGINNING                04-13-15

ENDING                      05-28-15

                                                 31 Teaching Days

                             Report Cards Distributed on June 08, 2015

  

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 Five Divided Sections: 1) Warm-ups  2) Learning Targets    3) Notes   4) Other Papers   5) Extra Paper which count toward their grade. 

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 

***For the first three days we will learn the expectations of this years class, look over class rules, look over our course and take an Introduction Test to check each students knowledge coming into the course.  Starting the 2nd week of school we will study the Five Themes of Geography and Map Skills!***

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 18, 2014

LEARNING TARGET(S): 1) I can identify the difference between a primary and secondary source.    2) I can explain how to analyze written sources, artifacts, historical maps, photos and political cartoons. (read like a historian)

HOMEWORK: 1) Current Event due on Thursday, August 21

WHAT WE DID IN CLASS TODAY:  Today we did our reading warm-up.  Second we completed our Beginning of the Year Common Assessment which we will take two more times during the school year.  Then we learned what it is like to Read Like a Historian!

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TUESDAY - AUGUST 19, 2014

LEARNING TARGET(S): 1) I can identify and explain the Five Themes of Geography.

HOMEWORK: 1) Five Themes of Geography Worksheet due Thursday     2) Current Event due on Thursday, August 21

WHAT WE DID IN CLASS TODAY: Today we did our reading warm-up. Second we did a lesson on the Five Themes of Geography and how they relate to our lives.

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WEDNESDAY - AUGUST 20, 2014

LEARNING TARGET(S): 1) I can use latitude and longitude to find absolute location.    2) I can identify the continents, oceans and important countries in our world.    3) I can explain how different map projections distort some element of the earth.     4) I can identify the symbols of a map key and use them to descrobe a map.

HOMEWORK: 1) Complete the Five Themes of Geography Worksheet if you did not complete it last night - due Thursday 2) Current Event due on Thursday, August 21     3) Complete the last 6 problems on the Geography Skills Practice/Homework sheet on Latitude and Longitude  

WHAT WE DID IN CLASS TODAY: Today we did our reading warm-up. Second we did a lesson on Map Skills.  We practiced using Latitude and Longitude.

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THURSDAY - AUGUST 21, 2014

LEARNING TARGET(S): 1) I can explain how different map projections distort some element of the earth.        2) I can identify the symbols of a map key and use them to descrobe a map.

HOMEWORK: 1) Complete the Geography Worksheet due Friday       2) Work on the Geography Skills Practice/Homework sheet on Latitude and Longitude, Scale and Direction 

WHAT WE DID IN CLASS TODAY: Today we did our reading warm-up. Second we did a lesson on Map Skills. We practiced some Geography Skills.

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WEDNESDAY - AUGUST 27, 2014

LEARNING TARGET(S): 1) I can describe four early Mesoamerican and South American Societies.    2) I can describe how physical geography influenced and shaped Native American Culture.  

HOMEWORK: 1) Complete the Chapter 1 - Section 1 Worksheet     2) Current Event due tomorrow    3) Work on research for your Native American Culture Group.

WHAT WE DID IN CLASS TODAY: Today we did our reading warm-up. Second we did a lesson on Mesoamerican and South American Societies.    We got in mini-groups for a mini-project.

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MONDAY - SEPTEMBER 1, 2014

LABOR DAY - NO SCHOOL

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TUESDAY - SEPTEMBER 2, 2014

LEARNING TARGET(S): 1) I can compare and contrast at least 2 Native American Cultural Regions (homes, food, dress, etc.) 

HOMEWORK: 1) Complete the Chapter 1 - Section 2 Worksheet       2) Current Event due on Thursday       3) Finish your Compare / Contrast Diagram.

WHAT WE DID IN CLASS TODAY: Today we did our reading warm-up. Second we completed our research pages on the Native American Culture Region Groups that we did not have in class.

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WEDNESDAY - SEPTEMBER 3, 2014

LEARNING TARGET(S): 1) I can explain how the kingdoms of Mali, Ghana, and Songhai grew wealthy through control of trade.     2) I can explain how slavery grew out of West Africa due to trade

HOMEWORK: 1) Complete the Chapter 1 - Section 3 Worksheet 2) Current Event due tomorrow 3) Read Chapter 1 - Section 4 (pages 22-24)

WHAT WE DID IN CLASS TODAY: Today we did our reading warm-up. Second we did a lesson on the West African Kingdoms of Ghana, Mali and Songai. 

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THURSDAY - SEPTEMBER 4, 2014

LEARNING TARGET(S): 1) I can describe the political advances of the Greeks and the Romans.       2) I can explain the difference between a direct democracy and a republic.

HOMEWORK: 1) Complete the Chapter 1 - Section  Worksheet due next Tuesday       2) Read Chapter 1 - Section 4 (pgs. 24-25)     

WHAT WE DID IN CLASS TODAY: Today we did our reading warm-up. Second we did a lesson on the political advances of the Greeks and Romans and the difference between a direct democracy and a republic.

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FRIDAY - SEPTEMBER 5, 2014

LEARNING TARGET(S): 1) I can describe the Feudal System. 2) I can explain how the Renaissance crated a rebirth of arts and learning and led to several technological advances.

HOMEWORK: 1) Complete the Chapter 1 - Section 4 Worksheet                   2) Study for Chapter 1 and Geography Skills Celebration of Knowledge(TEST) this Wednesday at yourclasspage.com/5024858235. 3) Your diagnostic Assignment on Study Island id due this Thursday.

WHAT WE DID IN CLASS TODAY: Today we did our reading warm-up. Second we did a lesson on Feudalism, the Manor System and what caused it to end.

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MONDAY - SEPTEMBER 8, 2014

LEARNING TARGET(S): 1) I can describe the Feudal System. 2) I can explain how the Renaissance crated a rebirth of arts and learning and led to several technological advances.

HOMEWORK: 1) Complete the Chapter 1 - Section 4 Worksheet        2) Study for Chapter 1 and Geography Skills Celebration of Knowledge(TEST) this Wednesday at yourclasspage.com/5024858235.        3) Your diagnostic Assignment on Study Island id due this Thursday.

WHAT WE DID IN CLASS TODAY: Today we did our reading warm-up. Second we did a lesson on Feudalism, the Manor System, Black Death and the Crusades.

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TUESDAY - SEPTEMBER 9, 2014

LEARNING TARGET(S): 1) I can explain how the Renaissance crated a rebirth of arts and learning and led to several technological advances.

HOMEWORK: 1) Complete the Chapter 1 - Section 4 Worksheet 2) Study for Chapter 1 and Geography Skills Celebration of Knowledge(TEST) this Wednesday at yourclasspage.com/5024858235. 3) Your diagnostic Assignment on Study Island is due this Thursday.

WHAT WE DID IN CLASS TODAY: Today we did our reading warm-up. Second we did a lesson on the Reneaissance and the growth of banking in Italy.

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WEDNESDAY - SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

LEARNING TARGET(S): 1) I can demonstrate my knowledge of Geography, and Europe before the opening of the Atlantic.

HOMEWORK: 1) Read Chapter 2 - Section 1 - pgs. 38-41         2) Your diagnostic Assignment on Study Island is due this Thursday.

WHAT WE DID IN CLASS TODAY: Today we took our Chapter One Celebration of Knowledge. 

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THURSDAY - SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

LEARNING TARGET(S): 1) I can give three details about my person for the Explorer Project.

HOMEWORK: 1) Read Chapter 2 - Section 1 - pgs. 38-41     2) Your diagnostic Assignment on Study Island has been extended to Friday.

WHAT WE DID IN CLASS TODAY: Today we finished our Chapter One Celebration of Knowledge and we were introduced to our Explorer Project.

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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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