MR. SHIRLEY'S HOME PAGE
Hello Parents! My name is Darryl Shirley and I am the 7th and 8th grade Social Studies teacher here at the Phoenix. It's great to be back in school at the Phoenix! The Corona virus is still a threat, so students are required to wear a mask while attending classes.
Weekly Class Schedule - The weekly class schedule will be posted to the right below the red box.
Google Classroom Access Codes: Parents and students. All assignments, class notices, and other information about student work will be posted on this webpage and on each google classroom site. All assignments must be turned-in as original work on google classroom. Emailed work will not be accepted. All student work must be turned-in or completed on the platform the assignment was issued. If a student can access the internet to send an email, then it is also possible to access google classroom via the internet. Students must notify their teachers if they have internet connectivity issues. Phoenix can assist as it did during remote learning during the pandemic. Students can gain access to google classroom through their phoenix log-on.
Google Classroom Access Codes:
PCLC CLASS 8A- American History: qbhqd35
PCLC CLASS 8B - American History: ynhxpqk
PCLC CLASS 7A - World History: e2n3av7
PCLC CLASS 7B - World History: ygydaxq
After School Tutoring and Project Support (Please ensure you send an email to the teacher to coordinate): Click here for After-School Tutoring and Conferencing
Student Lap Top Issue: All students will have access to a laptop to complete work and assignments. Students must take care of their assigned laptops and will be held accountable if they are damaged.
Student Absences. Parents, please please see the parent/student handbook on student absences. Students who miss school or are absent must go to theri google classroom site to get caught up on their assignments. If a student should miss school because of the Corona virus, packets will be prepared fo the student. Alternatively, students will still be able to access google classroom from home to complete their missed assignments.
NWEA Map Testing. Fall NWEA MAP testing will be conducted during the month of September. MAP testing results will provide input for student individual learning plans (ILPs). Parents, ask your child if they met their spring target goals. If you have any questions, you may contact your child's homeroom teacher by visiting their home page on the PCLC website.
Thanksgiving Break Packets: To Be Determined.
Labor Day. On the first Monday of every September the nation celebrates Labor Day. The Labor Day federal holiday is an annual holiday to celebrate the achievement of workers. President Grover Cleveland signed the Labor Day bill into law on June 28th 1894.
September is National Hispanic Heritage Month. In September we celebrate Hispanic heritage. This month also corresponds with Mexican Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16th, and recognizes the revolution in 1810 that ended Spanish dictatorship. During this month we celebrate the contributions, heritage, and culture of Hispanic and Latino Americans. Check out the video below to see how people of Hispanic and Latino origins make up a sizable portion of American citizens.
Parent-Teacher Conferences. Parents, you are entitled to a parent-teacher conference at any time. Periodically, check-up on your child and ask them what have they been learning during the week. Learning Targets are listed below for your awareness. In social studies, performance skills are important because they enable critical thinking and support student engagement of the content. Please subscribe to my page.
Link for scheduling parent-teacher conferences: N/A (email teachers directly). Parents can send a message to me via this webpage, contact the admin office, or email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Weekly Reviews: The reviews focus on skill sets in the social studies content area that require continuous practice for mastery. Ask your student what was the topic of their last weekly review.
Learning From Home. Parents, we do not anticipate going back to remote learning without direction from the state. If or some unfortunate reason we go back to remote learning, the video below can help students get prepared for remote learning. You can review this video with your child and encourage them to be ready EVERY DAY for learning.
Presidential Election 2020 (It Ain't Over Till It's Over! And It Ain't Over---Yet!): An election that is changing the nation! On January 20th, 2021, a new President was inaugurated, fourteen days after a horrific insurrection was carried out at the U.S. Capitol building on January 6th. Several firsts are to be noted: President Biden the oldest elected president, and Vice-President Harris the first person of color (African descent and Indian) to be elected to that office. On February 12th, the U. S. Senate voted 57 to 43 lacking the 10 votes (67 needed) to convict the former President of inciting a riot and insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The former President will go down in history as the only President to be impeached twice and acquitted twice. However, the Senate GoP minority leader on national TV stated the former President is still legally responsible for all the things he did while in office. The map below displays the final electoral college vote which reflects the popular vote total per state as verified on January 6th by the U.S. Congress. Maine and Nebraska allocate the state's electoral college votes by district won. The impeachment trial acquittal closed out the final action associated with the 2020 election pending unforeseen legal action against the former President as investigations of the January 6th insurrection continue. On Feb 27th, the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) met with the former President as the key note speaker amid rumors he may lead the GOP as the presidential candidate in 2024. On April 28, President Biden addressed congress to mark his first 100 days in office. He provided a vision for the future, and the focus of his remarks centered on infrastructure and creating jobs. You can watch the address at this link: President Biden Address to the Nation
On May 12th, the first casualty of an inter-party fight over former President Trump's influence (i.e. control) on the Republican party was incurred. Rep. Elizabeth Chaney (daughter of a former Vice-President) was ousted as the #3 Republican leader in the House of Representatives for being an anti-Trump party member. On 28 May, the U.S. Senate failed by six votes to pass a motion to create a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan 6th Capitol attacks. On June 30th, the House approved legislation (220-190 votes - primarily along party line voting) to investigate the Jan 6th insurrection. A committee was formed, but only two republicans serve on the panel, both appointed by the democratic House Speaker. The GoP Minority House Leader refuses to participate. On Aug 13th, Right-wing conspiracy supporters believed former President Trump was to be re-installed and President Biden would be removed from office. We will continue to monitor events because the outcomes of the January 6th insurrection are still being played out. A House of Representatives investigative committee has been formed to look into the insurrection.
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Let the Games Begin! During the school year, students will be able to participate in Kahoots competitions to win prizes.
Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday Challenge (To Be Announced)
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2022 New Year's Kahoots Challenge (To Be Announced)
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2022 Spring Break Kahoot Challenge (To Be Announced)
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Gift box selected must be $40 or less.
This week in U.S. History
Sep 5, 1774: Twelve of the thirteen American colonies adopt a trade embargo against Great Britain at the first Continental Congress at Carpenters' Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Sep 6, 1901: US President William McKinley is shot by Leon Czolgosz, an anarchist, while visiting the Pan-American Exposition in New York.
Sep 7, 1813: "Uncle Sam" is first used to refer to the US, by Troy Post of New York.
Sep 8, 1565: 1st permanent European settlement in the US founded at St. Augustine, Florida.
Sep 9, 1776: Congress officially renames the country as the United States of America (from the United Colonies).
Sep 10, 2020: California's August Complex wildfire becomes largest recorded in state history at 471,000 acres (736 square miles) (a result of climate change).
Sep 11, 2001: Two passenger planes hijacked by Al Qaeda terrorists crash into New York's World Trade Towers causing the collapse of both and deaths of 2,606 people; Terrorists hijack a passenger plane and crash it into the Pentagon causing the deaths of 125 people. As a result of these actions President Bush took the nation to war and invaded Afghanistan where the U.S. remained involved in the country for a 20 year period ending on Aug 30th, 2021, with the withdrawal of all US forces and embassy personnel. The unconditional withdrawal was signed in a treaty by former President Trump with the Taliban in May of 2020.
I received my Masters in Teaching in 2016 from Miami University after serving in the U.S. Army. My military experience allowed me to have a front row seat to global events giving me a unique perspective and greater awareness and understanding of how those events over the last 10-20 years are relevant to the lives of our students today. I have served and completed missions in Europe, the Far East, Middle East, Caribbean, and South America. Unfortunately, for most of my career the continent of Africa was not a national priority. I am originally from Metropolitan Detroit and a public high school graduate. I have two grown children, a son serving in the U.S Air Force, and a daughter who is a teacher.
My passion is teaching and studying history. History is important because it allows us to understand our past, which in turn informs us how to make sense out of our present. The past created the present. However, we can influence the present and control our future by learning the lessons of the past to build a brighter future. Studying history provides insight into our culture and our origins so we can learn who we are in order to create opportunities that will benefit us and our fellow man.
Feel free to contact me by clicking on the send email button at the top of the page by my photo or at the following email: email@example.com
The importance of Learning Targets.
Why are learning targets important? A well-written learning target ensures that the teachers can explicitly teach and model the important performance criteria necessary for learning, provide the appropriate practice opportunities, and assists in monitoring student progress and sharing purposeful and actionable feedback with students.
Current Week's Learning Targets. The learning targets will also integrate performance tasks required to engage, analyze, interpret, summarize, and predict historical events and outcomes.
8th & 7th Grade Unit: Historical Thinking Skills
1) Define Primary Source
2) Define Secondary Source
3) Summarize your learning styles
Learning targets not covered will move to the following week until sufficiently covered
Performance Task Expectations
* I can define a primary source and provide an example
* I can define a secondary source and provide and example
* I can summarize my learning styles and explain how I learn best