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Hello Parents! My name is Darryl Shirley and I am the 7th and 8th grade Social Studies teacher here at the Phoenix.  Class links and access codes are in the red box to the lower right.  Classroom zoom links are also listed below.
 
The History Classroom
 
Weekly Class Schedule - click link below the red box to the right for the remote schedule.
 
Class Meeting Zoom Links: Parents and students, we have gone to registering for each class occurrence.  So students will have to register for each class daily.
 
1st Bell: World History Class 8B Zoom Link / 9:00 to 9:55 AM: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYqc-ioqTwvE9NhXFlO55Oq__XFiIkxw-8K
 
2nd Bell: World History Class 8A Zoom Link / 10:05 to 10:50AM: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUudOiqqj0tEtFiiCOMIcojS5SLMjiJu7Sd
 
4th Bell: American History Class 7A Link / 12:35 to 1:20 PM: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpfu-qrz8rHtb8UZY-YwgPa8s4nai7VBRg
 
5th Bell: American History Class 7B Link / 1:30 to 2:15 PM: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkfuyurTouE9T9uPy50E1L_MsBG8yYBkR1
 
Student Conference and After School Tutoring Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3971395745?pwd=T05rb3EvL2RSbElrZFJGZDN1bnh3Zz09

 

3rd Bell: Project Support and Tutoring / 10:50 to 11:35 AM:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85736766181?pwd=eW1tMTcyTVpPVWk1aDZCcWdwNXFBUT09

 

Spring Break Packets:  To be determined.

 

Parent-Teacher Conferences THIS WEEK!

 

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: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaea62fa2fec07-winter
 
Weekly Reviews: Parents, there are 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, it's important our students are up and ready for class daily.  The video below was assigned the first week of school to help students get prepared for virtual learning.  Please review this video with your child and encourage them to be ready EVERY DAY for learning.  Video:Tips on Learning and Working From Home in a Pandemic

 

 

 

Decision 2020
 
Presidential Election 2020: Parents, on Nov 7th, the winner of the election was called for former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris. On Dec 14th, the Electoral College members met in their respective states and cast their votes in accordance with each state's popular vote outcome (See the "Electoral College" in the red box above to find out more about this process). On Jan 6th, a joint session of Congress convened at 1PM to count all the electoral votes, but was halted as pro-trump protesters attacked the Capitol building with the intent to stop the vote count.  They were lied to by the President in which they believed the results of the 2020 Presidential election could be changed by the Vice President who oversaw the electoral vote count.  The boxes with the electoral votes were secured while members of Congress were evacuated.  The ceremonial electoral vote count resumed at 11 P.M., and President-Elect Biden was declared the winner of the election at 3 A.M. on Jan 7th after all objections by the opposition Republican party were heard. More pro-trump protesting is expected on Jan 20th in response to the inauguration of President-elect Biden. We will continue to follow events so students will be familiar with our election processes and the challenges we face in our democracy. The map below displays the electoral college votes per state. We will monitor the events through CNN-10 for kids.
 
Electoral College Map Picture  

 

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Let the Games Begin! Winners of the holiday kahoots competition are listed below.

 

Christmas Holiday Challenge Winners (Ladies Rule the World!!)

- 1st Place: Ms. De'Amber Thomas (8th Grade) - 16,219 points

- 2nd Place: Ms. Neveah Walker (8th Grade) - 16,120 points

- 3rd Place: Ms. Nuriya Jones (8th Grade) - 15,924 points

 

2021 New Year's Kahoots Challenge Winners!

- 1st Place: Ms. Kishanti Weathers (7th Grade) - 9,507 points
- 2nd Place: Mr. Jaron Twitty (8th Grade) - 9,366 points
Students will be able to select a gift box prize from the website: https://www.hipkits.com/
Gift box selected must be $40 or less.

 

Know Your History?

 

This week in U.S. History

Jan 10, 1776: Thomas Paine published Common Sense which argued against British colonial rule and helped spark the American Revolution

Jan 11, 1964: U.S. Surgeon General confirmed the link between smoking and cancer.

Jan 12, 2010: Caribbean island neighbor Haiti is struck by an devastating earthquake.  Island has yet to fully recover.

Jan 13, 1919: California votes to ratify the prohibition amendment.

Jan 14, 1911: The USS Arkansas, the largest U.S. battleship, is launched from the yards of the New York Ship Building Company.

Jan 15, 1913: The first telephone line between New York and Berlin is inaugurated.

Jan 16, 1786: The Council of Virginia guarantees freedom of religion.

 

 

Bio

Personal Background.

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 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.  We Live Out History Every Day!

 

My passion is teaching and studying history. History is important because it allows us to understand our past, which in turn allows us 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 email: dshirley@phoenixclc.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.

 

 

 Our Learning Targets


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 and 7th Grade Civics (2020 Election)
 
1) Explain the Electoral College
2) Explain how media and communication technology influence public opinion

Performance Task Expectations
* I can explain how many electoral college votes a presidential candidate needs to win the election
* I can cite examples of how media and communication technology influences public opinion

8th Grade Unit: Colonization to Independence
1) Explain how to Interpret Sources
2) Construct a response using R.A.C.E.
3) Explain key ideas of the Enlightenment
4) Describe British Gov't actions that angered American Colonists
5) Explain key events that influenced the outcome of the American Revolution

Learning targets not covered will move to the following week until sufficiently covered
 
Performance Task Expectations
* I can interpret a source (Purpose, Main Idea, Point of View, Credibility)
* I can construct an answer using R.A.C.E.
* I can compare Enlightenment Ideas with the Declaration of Independence
* I can summarize the British Gov't actions that angered the colonists
* I can summarize key events that led to America victory in the Revolutionary War

7th Grade Unit: Ancient Rome
1) Explain How to Interpret Sources
2) Construct a response using R.A.C.E.
3) Describe how the Roman Republic was a radical departure from monarchy and theocracy
4) Explain how the Roman Republic influenced the structure and function of modern democratic governments
5) Explain the term Theocracy 
6) Explain the term Monarchy 

Performance Task Expectations
* I can interpret a source (Purpose, Main Idea, Point of View, Credibility)
* I can construct an answer using R.A.C.E.
* I can tell or write with details how the Roman Republic was a radical departure from monarchy and theocracy
* I can cite evidence on how the Roman republic influenced the structure and function of modern democratic governments
* I can explain the term theocracy using an example
* I can explain the term monarchy using an example
 
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Hello Parents! My name is Darryl Shirley and I am the 7th and 8th grade Social Studies teacher here at the Phoenix.



Background.

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 events over the last 10-20 years are relevant to the lives of our students today. I have served in Europe, the Far East, Middle East, Caribbean, and South America. 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 allows us 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.

You can email me at: dshirley@phoenixclc.org.