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CURRENT 6th Grade Students Must Have Proof Of Whooping Cough Immunization. Please submit proof of shot to school office by March 27, 2017
Current 6th Grade Students Must Have Proof Of Tdap Shot To Begin School on August 10, 2016 for 7th Grade.
New immunization requirements for the 2016-2017 school year/SB 277:áAll incoming Kindergarten and 7thágrade students must have current immunizations on record to begin school on August 10, 2016.áCalifornia law SB 277 no longer allows personal or religious beliefs exemptions. Clickáhere for more information.
8th Grade U.S. History
Instructor: Mr. Tarbi   
This is a survey class of American History from 1776 to 1914. We use the other Social Science disciplines, Anthropology, Sociology, Archeology, Psychology and Economics to try and understand the story of America.


I try and cover a section per day in class. Each chapter has 4 to 5 sections. There is always a day for review before a chapter test. Tests are 40 questions long and are of the scantron type. There is homework assigned every night for this class. I try and not assign homework over the weekend, but sometimes it can't be avoided.  It is the student's responsibility to study on their own time and to know the difference between just reading the material and studying the material. Work book pages will be assigned for each chapter we study in the book.

Class Announcements
Concerning Field Trips
There may exist opportunities for some students to participate in field trips or activities beyond school. Altho requirements for each event may vary, in general students will be invited based on excellent behavior and citizenship. Outstanding students are those who show a hightened interest in their academic subjects, a passion for learning, regular and enthusiastic participation in class, demonstrate a positive and helpful attitude, are kind and respectful of others, pay attention, follow direction, maintain good attendance, and exhibit mature and responsible behavior... even when I'm not looking.
Concerning testing
If you are absent on a scheduled test day, you may be asked to take an essay make-up test.

State Standards & tests
Please note that all tests and quizzes have been changed to reflect the Common Core standards. NOTE: The common assessments, the district mid-term and final are all standards based tests. Below is a listing of the common core standards for 6 - 12 grade History as of 5-11-2012.

Common Core for College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading 6-12 History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects

Key Ideas and Details

1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

2. Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.

3. Analyze how and why individuals, events, or ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.

Craft and Structure

4. Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.

5. Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.

6. Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

7. Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.*

8. Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.

9. Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

10. Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.

Text Types and Purposes*

1. Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

3. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details and well-structured event sequences.

Production and Distribution of Writing

4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

5. Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

Research to Build and Present Knowledge

7. Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

8. Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.

9. Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Range of Writing

10. Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.

Discussion Topics
Class Files
 California Ed code 49066 concerning grades.pdf
California Education Code concerning grades given by teachers
 Ca ED Code 32210.pdf
California Education Code regarding behavior in classrooms
 What Is Social Studies.pdf
Ok... Why do we study Social Studies? Read on and find out!
 Guidelines for maps 2006.pdf
Guidelines for doing maps in Mr. T's class.
Various Maps used in Social Studies
 WRITING WITH A PURPOSE (guidelines).pdf
Writing for Mr. T's U.S. History Class.
 Tarbi's Podcast Files
Mp3 files for my history class
 Lecture PowerPoint Files
PowerPoint presentations for each Chapter
 RUSD Attendance rules 8-20-2008.pdf
RUSD Attendance regulation information
 How to Study!
Files to help you learn how to do well in school.
 GPA values for each grade 2-2-2010.pdf
GPA values to use when calculating your GPA. Note: These are different than those used by CJSF.
 Building Memory Muscle - Recall Notice.pdf
Tips on how to recall material for tests.
 Honor Roll-Perfect attendance guidelines.pdf
Cope Honor Roll & Perfect Attendance Guidelines
 Standardized Testing Information
READ this.... thanks.
 Homework PDF files
Look here for assignments that include a handout.
 Memory Medic 8 core principles of effective memory.pdf
follow these steps to a better memory.
 How to Outline a chapter in a textbook
Here you will find a word template for outlining and the Cornell note taking system template.
Class Homework
Due February 22, 2017
Ch. 15 Test
Due February 23, 2017
Ch. 15 RSG and Review
Due February 23, 2017

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