Thursday, December 25, 2008

Happy Holidays!

Though I am working on an avatar that looks a little more like me, I hope you enjoy this one.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Test - Date Change

Due to music rehearsals, the English Colonization Exam will be moved to Wednesday, 12/10. Please remember, REVIEW SHEETS MUST BE SIGNED!

Review Sheet

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Crossword Puzzle Homework

Crossword Homework:

Due: Friday, 12/5

Please view the following websites, as they may be helpful in creating your puzzle.

Crossword Site # 1

Crossword Site # 2

Crossword Site # 3

Crossword Site # 4
- My Favorite!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Tuesday, December 2


Please review using
This will provide an excellent 35 question review test on English Colonization.

Monday, December 1

Congratulations to the classroom winners of the National Geography Bee.

Section A - Josh K.
Section B - Tariek H.
Section C - Mike C.
Section D - Kaitlin W.
Section E. Ryan H.

National Geography Bee

Monday, November 24, 2008

Tuesday, November 25th

Thirteen Colonies Map Quiz

Take a look at the links below as you prepare for tomorrow's quiz:

Blank Map for Practice

13 Colonies with Labels

13 Colonies with Labels

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Thursday, November 13

English Colonization

What are the three biggest reasons for English colonization in the 17th century?

Wednesday, November 12

The Dutch in New York

Why do some say that New York's roots are steeped in real estate?

How did geography influence the settlement of New York?

How does geography continue to impact New York?

Friday, November 7, 2008

Friday, November 7

Have a wonderful weekend!

Test grades will be shared with all of you on Monday!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Thursday, November 6

Taboo Review

Good luck to you all as you continue reviewing for tomorrow's Exploration Exam!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Castle Learning - Test Review

As an additional means to review for Friday's Exploration Exam, all students are encouraged to visit to take a practice test.

Once here, you must enter your username and password.

Username = ocean-school id
Password = Your creation

If you forgot your password, please contact me through e-mail ( and I will re-set.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Monday, November 3

The 2008 Presidential Election

As you set out to make your predictions regarding Tuesday's Presidential Election, you may find it helpful to review the following webistes:

Electoral Votes - Past 4 Elections

270 To Win



Friday, October 31, 2008

Friday, October 31

Happy Halloween!

1. Review Sheet

2. PowerPoint Review Packet

3. Notes Packet

4. Review of African Slave Trade Homework

Thursday, October 30

The Atlantic Slave Trade

Partner Museum Tour

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tuesday, October 28

1. Test Grades

2. Assembly

3. Political Cartoon Review

Monday, October 27, 2008

Monday, October 27

Good Morning Team 7-2

Welcome to Election Monday!!!

I am sorry I can't be with you all today. I am home sick, but fairly certain I will be healthy enough to return tomorrow. I expect each of you to be respectful toward our substitute teacher and responsive toward today's lesson.

Today we will be examining political cartoons, and the role these cartoons play in our political process. As a means to warm up, let's discuss a few questions and examine a few cartoons. Please go to Cartoon # 1.

Cartoon # 1

Who is the subject of the cartoon?

Does the artist use exaggeration? Explain.

What is the artist's political statement? What is the main idea?

Is this an effective cartoon? Explain.

Cartoon # 2

What is the subject of the cartoon?

What is the artist's political statement? What is the main idea?

Is this an effective cartoon? Explain.

How do we know the man in the suit is going through a tough time?

Cartoon # 3

What is the subject of the cartoon?

What is the artist's political statement? What is the main idea?

Does the artist use any symbols to send a message?

Is this an effective cartoon? Explain.

Now that we have warmed up, let's examine some important political cartoons from the 2008 Presidential Election. After examining cartoons 4, 5, & 6, we will complete a full evaluation in the Cartoon Analysis packet. Please bring this packet to ELA today and be sure it is in social studies tomorrow.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Friday, October 24


What strategies do you use when reading a textbook?

A special thank you to all students who shared their TDC paragraphs on exploration. Your writing continues to impress, and the comfort with which you presented was very impressive!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Thursday, October 23

In what way is greed connected to the Age of Exploration?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Wednesday, October 22

European Explorers: Discoverers or Conquerors?

While the question is provocative and forces each of us to examine our personal point of view, I think it is helpful to examine exploration with a critical lens and from multiple perspectives.


Why do people explore?
What would lead you to risk your life to explore a foreign land?
What can happen to a culture when it is exposed to another culture?
Is the exchange of culture always positive?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008

Tuesday, October 14

Presidential Debates

As a means to prepare for Wednesday's Presidential Debate, students on Team 7-2 will be evaluating the debate performances of a select number of political candidates. These candidates will be judged based upon their poise, knowledge of the issues, and ability to communicate their vision to the American people. Following these clips, students will evaluate Candidates A & B as they attempt to win the Presidency of Oceanside Middle School.

It should be a fun and rewarding day.

Presidential Debate Scorecard

John F. Kennedy (D) vs Richard Nixon (R) (1960)


John F. Kennedy (D) vs Richard Nixon (R)

Ronald Reagan (R) vs. Jimmy Carter (D) (1980)

Vice Presidential Debate

Dan Quayle (R) vs. Lloyd Bentsen (D)(1988)

George H.W. Bush (R) vs. Bill Clinton (D) (1992)

Friday, October 10, 2008

Review Sheet for Friday's Exam

Don't forget, you can get a wonderful review for Friday's test at:

Once here, you must enter your username and password.

Username = ocean-school id
Password = Your creation

If you forgot your password, please contact me through e-mail ( and I will re-set.

Mr. Keegan

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Who Wants to be a Millionaire
A Review of Iroquois Culture

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


In what ways did the geographical conditions of their region impact the cultural characteristics of different groups of Native Americans?

Review - Election Commercials - Paragraph
Review - Iroquois Cartoon # 1-10
Comparing Cultures - Iroquois & Americans (2008)
Native American Culture - Museum Tour

Key Vocabulary
culture, nomadic, nuclear family, extended family, matrilineal, representative democracy, platform, stockade, propaganda

Friday, October 3, 2008

Friday, October 3

Picture Day

The Vice Presidential Debate

Who Won the Debate

Thursday, October 2, 2008

An Introduction to the Iroquois of the Eastern Woodlands

In what ways, if any, are the Iroquois and American cultures similar?

Key Vocabulary:
extended family
nuclear family
Great Law of Peace
Great Tree of Peace


Notes - Cultural Comparisons: Iroquois and the Americans

Homework - The Iroquois of the Eastern Woodlands

Sunday, September 28, 2008

2008 Election Commercials

2008 Election Commercials

2008 Election Handout

In a media-saturated environment in which news, opinions, and entertainment surround us all day on our television sets, computers, and cell phones, the television commercial remains the one area where presidential candidates have complete control over their images. Television commercials use all the tools of fiction filmmaking, including script, visuals, editing, and performance, to distill a candidate's major campaign themes into a few powerful images. Ads elicit emotional reactions, inspiring support for a candidate or raising doubts about his opponent. While commercials reflect the styles and techniques of the times in which they were made, the fundamental strategies and messages have tended to remain the same over the years.

The Living Room Candidate
Museum of the Moving Image

The Candidates on the Financial Crisis

The Candidates on Military Strategy

Friday, September 26, 2008

Friday, September 26

Do the Mayas, Aztecs, and Incas represent advanced civilizations?

Election Check-up
Electoral College TDC News
Taboo Review - First Americans

Early Civilizations in the Americas - PowerPoint
Cloze Review

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Thursday, September 25

Today's Agenda

Big Question:
Who were the first Americans and how did they get to this land?

Brain Pop Video (3:45)
Who Wants to be a Millionaire
Document Analysis - The First Americans Webquest

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Wednesday, September 24

Congratulations on the completion of your first social studies quiz. Please remember, extra help is held on Tuesday afternoon (2:30-3:00) and Thursday morning (7:10-7:40).

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Tuesday, September 23

Welcome to Castlelearning

You will be using this program throughout the next two years. It provides you with online study guides, quizzes, and unit exams.

Your Log-In Information

Go to

Username: ocean-your school id #

Password for the first time, leave it blank and click submit. You will be asked to make a password and confirm it.

Once you are in your classes will be listed. When you have an assignment it will be in RED with a reminder flag. Click on the teachers name and then click on the assignment!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Wednesday, September 17

Review Sheet for next Wednesday's quiz

If you are unable to open this link, you may want to open a free google e-mail account (G-Mail). Please see me if you have any questions.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Monday & Tuesday, September 15th & 16th

What are the cultural characteristics that make the United States different from other nations?

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Friday, September 12

Mindful that the nation is closing in on Election Day, what is the most important issues facing the United States? Please visit our poll to the right.

Key Vocabulary & Terms:
candidate, campaign, political party, federal government, democracy, propaganda

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Does geography determine (or influence) culture?

Examine the photographs found below. Do you think the geographical conditions of these regions influence or determine the culture of that region?