Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Industry & Immigration Exam - Review Materials

Exam Date: Thursday, December 17, 2009

Industry & Immigration Jeopardy

Test Review Sheet

Sunday, December 6, 2009

8th Grade Curriculum

7th Grade Review

Lesson 1-5


6. Lincoln’s Election

Firebell in the Night – Fort Sumter

7. What Are We Fighting For?

Causes of the Civil War – Review


8. A Tale of the Tape – Advantages & Disadvantages

9. Civil War Strategy

North & South

10. Civil War on the Battlefield – Part I – Big Paper

Highlight Civil War Technology

11. The Emancipation Proclamation

12. Civil War on the Battlefield – Part II – Big Paper

13. The Gettysburg Address

14. The Assassination of Lincoln

The Tragedy at Ford’s Theater


15. “O Captain! My Captain!” vs “The Good Ol’ Rebel” (9/30-10/2)

Three Cups of Tea (10/5-10/9)

16. The War is Over, Let the Healing Begin (10/13)

17. Now What? The President & Congress Clash Over Reconstruction

18. The Contradictions of Reconstruction

African American Gains & Losses
Strange Fruit

19. The Rise of the Ku Klux Klan

Hate groups as a reaction to black emancipation

20. Reconstruction in the New South

Hurricane Katrina footage – Think deeply
Has the nation been fully reconstructed?



21. The Frontier in American History

Post-War America & a New Age of Expansion
What is a Frontier
Analyze the works of Frederic Remington – Detail

22. “Don’t Fence Me In”

The Impact of railroads, mining, and ranching in the west
The Game of Monopoly – Greed - John Stossel

23. A Way of Life Ends

Native American are confronted with relocation and reservations

24. The Census of 1890

Is the Frontier Really Closed?

25. “Far & Away”

Clips from Cruise and Kidman’s film about Irish immigration


26. Captains of Industry or Robber Barons - Research

27. Captains of Industry or Robber Barons - Research

28. Captains of Industry or Robber Barons - Debate

29. The Game of Monopoly – Highlight the railroad industry


30. Economic Principles – Supply & Demand

Free Market
Laissez faire

31. Does Capitalism Lead to Efficiency & Invention?

Electric power, telephone, automobile, refrigeration, the airplane


32. Supply & Demand and its Impact on Wages

Highlight the impact of widespread immigration

33 The Immigrant Experience: A Story of the American Dream

Video – Janek & Family

34. Labor Practice in the Age of Industry – Conditions

Triangle Fire
Modern Times – Charlie Chaplin

35. The Oceanside Tootsie Roll Factory

36. The Oceanside Tootsie Roll Factory

37. Workers Attempt to Unite


38. The Statue of Liberty

An Icon or an Eyesore?
Have we lived up to the principles set forth by Emma Lazarus?

39. Push & Pull

Factors leading to immigration

40. Americans Welcome Their New Neighbors. Do They Really?

41. The Changing Face of the American City - Physically

42. The Changing Face of the American City – Culturally

43. What is an American?

As presented in the art and literature of the day


44. Reform – Boss Tweed (Symbol)
• Gangs of New York (15 minutes)

45. Reform/Muckrakers

46. Reform/Muckrakers

47. Reform/Muckrakers

48. Reform/Muckrakers

49. Teddy Roosevelt - Symbol of progressivism




50. Steer Clear of Permanent Alliances

Examining the foreign policy advice of Washington

51. Introduction: The Age of Imperialism

Forces making expansion possible
Trace American Expansion (1796-Today)

52. The Spanish-American War

Social Darwinism
“White Man’s Burden”

53. Spanish-American War

"Remember the Maine"

54. Spanish-American War

Relations with Latin America
World’s Constable


55. War Erupts in Europe - MANIA


56. The Sinking of the Lusitania

57. Should the U.S. Enter the War?

Zimmerman Telegram
Declaring War

"The world must be made safe for democracy”

58. The Nation at War

Winning the war on the homefront
Selective Service Act
“Food will win the war”
Liberty Bonds
Victory Gardens
George M. Cohan – “Over There”

59. Civil Liberties are Under Attack
Debs & Schenck

60. World War I in the Trenches

Sponge War w/ slide show

61. Results of World War I

Armistice Day
New boundaries
New World Order

62. The Treaty of Versailles

14 Points

Wilson’s plan for peace
Can it create peace in the 20th century?




63. The War is Over: Now What?

Americans Celebrate & Modernize

64. New Ways of Life - Cultural

The Jazz Age

The Flapper buoyed by the 19th Amendment
Dance, Dance, Dance!!!

65. Alcohol & American Morality

Did the widespread disregard for the 18th Amendment
highlight new trend of permissiveness that would culminate
in the culture wars of the early 21st century?
The Simpsons – “The Beer Baron”

66. Clouds on the Horizon

Al Capone & oganized crime

Backlash against immigrants – Sacco & Vanzetti
The Red Scare

67. The Scopes Monkey Trial

A symbol of the clash between American traditional
Values and modernity

68. The Business of America is Business

Republican presidents of the 20’s help promote American

69. Americans As Investors

Speculation frenzy leads to great riches (on paper)
Buying on margin
Highlight the concept of uneven prosperity

70. A Mass Culture – What is An American?

Automobile, radios, movies. literature
Consumerism – Installment Buying

71. Hero Worship & the 1920’s

Langston Hughes & the artists of the Harlem Renaissance
Babe Ruth
Charles Lindbergh


72. The Stock Market Crashes

Black Tuesday – 10/29/29

73. The Cycle of Depression

74. President Hoover’s Response

Viewed as ineffectual

Blamed for not having the foresight to avoid this crash
The Bonus March illustrates a breach of confidence
And insensitivity (Examples: Hoovervilles; Hoover Leather; Hoover Blankets)

75. “Brother Can You Spare a Dime”

The Depression Slide Show
Try to tap into the mood of the Great Depression

76. The Dust Bowl

Selections from The Grapes of Wrath

77. The Election of 1932

President Roosevelt Gives Hope to Americans
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”
Relief, Recovery, Reform
Roosevelt’s polio

78. The New Deal - Programs

79. The New Deal - Programs

80. The New Deal - Programs

81. The New Deal - Criticisms

Too much power in the hands of government

82. Americans Try to Escape the Depression

The Wizard of Oz
Gone With the Wind
Snow White



83. A Recipe for War: The Causes of World War II

From the Treaty of Versailles to Germany’s
Invasion of Poland
The rise of dictatorships, global depression, reparations,

84. The Rise of Totalitarianism

Mussolini’s Fascists
Hitler and the Nazi Party – Highlight “Final Solution”
and Hitler’s ideology
Japan’s military rule

85. The War Breaks Out in Europe and Asia

American neutrality
Lend-Lease Act
Atlantic Charter

86. The United States Under Attack

Pearl Harbor

87. Did American Intelligence Fail Us?

Could the attack on Pearl Harbor have been thwarted?

88. Americans Mobilize for War

The draft
Victory gardens
Scrap metal drives
Propaganda Campaigns

89. Women on the Homefront

Rosie the Riveter

90. Minorities & the War

A Proving Ground?

91. Japanese Internment Policy

92. Civil Liberties & Japanese Internment

93. World War II Battles & Strategy

94. World War II Battles & Strategy

95. Winning the War

D-Day & the Normandy Invasion
Victory in Europe

96. Saving Private Ryan – Edited

97. World War II in the Pacific

98. The Ethics of the Atom Bomb

99. The War is Over

What do learn about man’s humanity/inhumanity?

The Holocaust
Bataan Death March
Stalin’s Purges


100. The Origins of the Cold War

Communist vs. Democratic Principles

101. The Cold War Heats Up: Global Balance of Power Shifts

Soviet Expansion
Importance of Berlin

102. The Shocks of 1949:

Soviet Atomic Program
Communist Rule in China

103. Communists Among Us?

McCarthyism & the Red Scare

104. Cold War Hot Spots

105. Cold War Hot Spots

106. Case Study: Vietnam

The Domino Theory

107. Case Study: Vietnam

War Protest – Kent State
Music, Literature, The Arts

108. Born on the 4th of July

Idealism to Disillusion

109. A Nation Attempts to Heal

Importance of Maya Lin
Are monuments important?

110. The Cold War Comes to An End

Nixon visits China – D├ętente (1972)
SALT Agreement
STAR Wars – Reagan – “Peace through strength”
Reagan and Gorbachev
Fall of the Soviet Union


111. What is an American? (1950-2005)

“We Didn’t Start the Fire”

112. The Baby Boom & the Rise of Suburbia

Levittown as a symbol
GI Bill

113. Economic Prosperity & Security

Interstate Highway Act
Growth of the Subelt
Commercial Air Travel
Some confusion – Beatniks/Elvis/Sameness (Stepfords)

114. The Importance of John F. Kennedy

Youthful vitality
Inspiring –“Ask not what….”
Space Program

115. Kennedy’s Assassination

116. Civil Rights Movement

117. Civil Rights Movement

Riots in the Street

118. Civil Rights Movement

119. Civil Rights Movement

1968: A Year of Tragedy

120. Nixon & Watergate - Ford

121. Carter & Iran Hostage Crisis

122. The Reagan Presidency

The Conservative Revolution

The Fall of Communism
Tiananmen Square
Cuban refugees

123. President Bush & The Gulf War

124. Global Unrest in the Post-Cold War Era

African Apartheid

125. “9/11 and the End of Innocence”

126. How Can We Make a Better World?

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Wednesday, December 2nd

Hello Team 8-2!

I'll be home sick today but I am hopeful that all plans are followed and all work is completed efficiently. I also expect you to be respectful to the substitute as well as one another.

Today's Procedure

1. Please write homework from the back board
2. Take out homework packet - "Captains of Industry or Robber Barons?

*With substitute, please review all answers and discuss as necessary.

3. Once review is complete, work on packet pages 11 & 12.

4. Note: We will be writing a TDC paragraph in class on Friday. If all of your work is completed, you are strongly encouraged to work on a rough draft. The question will be:

Should the Industrial leaders of the late 1800s be looked at with admiration as Captains of Industry, or should they be viewed with disdain as Robber Barons?

5. If you complete all assignments, you may use the Junior Scholastic library on the back table.

Have a great day! I look forward to returning tomorrow.

Mr. Keegan

Friday, November 6, 2009

Time Traveler

Research the major events, ideas, and developments of the 20th Century as a means to prepare yourself for Monday's Decades Draft. Ask your parents, relatives, teachers, and coaches which events in the lives stand out to them. Ask them why these events are so memorable?

For a digital version (downloadable) of the Historical Fact Sheet go the link below.

Project Summary & Due Dates - Team 8-2

The links below include lists of some of the most important events of the 2oth century. You are not bound to use one of these events as the subject of your Time Traveler Project.

Freedom Forum - Top 100 Events of the 20th Century

Newseum - Top 100 Stories of the Century

The Associated Press - Top 100 News Stories

Top 100 Sports Stories of the 20th Century


1900 vs. Today

The First Flight - The Wright Brothers


The Triangle Fire


The Roaring Twenties


1930s - A Survey of the Decade

1930s - People & Personalities


American Cultural History


Jackie Robinson


American Cultural History

Elvis Presley - Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame

Brown v. Board of Education

The 1960-1969

John F. Kennedy - PBS

Riots of the 1960s


Friday, October 23, 2009

Reconstruction Test

Test Date: Thursday, October 29

Two Parts:

Multiple Choice
Document Analysis


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Three Cups of Tea

Three Cups of Tea Kick-off

Thursday, October 8th - ELA
Friday, October 9th - Social Studies

In Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time , Greg Mortenson, and journalist David Oliver Relin, recount the journey that led Mortenson from a failed 1993 attempt to climb Pakistan’s K2, the world’s second highest mountain, to successfully establish schools in some of the most remote regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan. By replacing guns with pencils, rhetoric with reading, Mortenson combines his unique background with his intimate knowledge of the third-world to promote peace with books, not bombs, and successfully bring education and hope to remote communities in central Asia. Three Cups of Tea is at once an unforgettable adventure and the inspiring true story of how one man really is changing the world—one school at a time.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Test Make-Ups

Extra Help will be available on Thursday, October 8th for any student who missed last week's exam. This session will begin at 2:30 and end at 3:10. As scheduled, I will also offer morning extra help on Thursday at 7:10.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Civil War Test Correction

Sorry for the change, but our Civil War Exam has been moved from Wednesday, 9/28 to Thursday, 10/1. This will allow for students to attend Thursday morning extra help at 7:10.

Review Sheet Attachment

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Tuesday, September 15

8th Grade Curriculum

Attached below is a skeletal look at our 8th grade curriculum. Please don't view as precise, but it may provide a sense as to where we are going and our pacing.

8th Grade Curriculum

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Hello Team 8-2!!!

Welcome back. It seems like only yesterday that we were completing our final exams and heading off into summer break. I do hope the summer was a restful time for all of you, allowing you the opportunity to relax in the company of family and friends. The Keegan family had a great summer, with the boys, Leo and Matthew, visiting the Adirondacks, New York City, and the Jersey Shore for the first time.

I look to the '09-'10 school-year with great excitement as we will explore American history from 1865 (the first shots at Fort Sumter) to the modern day and the global war on terror. Embedded in our curriculum is an integrated ELA-Social Studies examination of the book, Three Cups of Tea.The book chronicles the work of Greg Mortensen in building schools in Pakistan and fostering greater respect and rights for women.

Remember the words of Thomas edison:

Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration."

If you are willing to work hard you will find no limit to what you can accomplish. I look forward to helping you reach your goals.

- Mr. Keegan

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

June 9, 2009

Hello Team 7-2

Today's Announcements

Extra Help will be held on Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 7:10, as well as Wednesday afternoon.

1. Good luck today as you make final preparations for tomorrow's DBQ!
Don't forget, the topic is The Causes of the Civil War.

2. You will be reviewing a brief slide show highlighting some of the positives and negatives of your Westward Expansion DBQ. Please pay close attention!

3. When you are done reviewing the slide show, please either:

Work on your green multiple choice Review Booklet. All practice exams must be completed by next Tuesday!

Study for tomorrow's DBQ. This may include reviewing all of your notes or the textbook pages on the Causes of the Civil War. The old textbooks are just fine for this!

Also, don't forget you may complete the Castle Learning tests all the way up to next Tuesday!!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Review for the Final Exam

Please note that 6 review tests have been created on Castle Learning ( I believe these questions will provide an excellent review for our final exam.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

4th Cycle Assignment and Exam Schedule

June 2009
Assignment Schedule

Due Wednesday, May 27th

Using POQ, Complete Document Analysis:

• Painting 420
• Painting 423
• Paintings 425
• Chart 427
• Painting 428

Due Thursday, May 28th

Complete handout, A Delicate Balance

Due Friday, May 29th

Complete Cartoon Packet (Civil War & Reconstruction)
& Handout # 1-22

Due Monday, June 1st

Define each term:

sectionalism, popular sovereignty, secede, fugitive, civil war,
repeal, guerrilla warfare, lawsuit, arsenal, martyr

Due Tuesday, June 2nd

Each item below must be fully described.

1. Missouri Compromise

2. Wilmot Proviso

3. Compromise of 1850 (Explain all five parts)

4. Fugitive Slave Law of 1850

5. Kansas-Nebraska Act

6. Bleeding Kansas (Why was there so much fighting here?)

7. The Dred Scott decision (Describe the importance of this case)

8. John Brown’s Raid

Due Wednesday, June 3rd

Complete each question below to the best of your ability. Use the pages noted below for background information.

Why did the Republican Party come into being in the mid-1850’s? (Text pg 435)

What were Abraham Lincoln’s views on slavery? (Text 435-436)

How did northerners and southerners respond differently to the raid on Harpers Ferry? (Text 438)

How did the South react to the election of Abraham Lincoln as President in 1860?
(Text 439-441)

Why is Fort Sumter such an important part of studying the Civil War? (Text 443)

Due Friday, June 5th

Causes of the Civil War Exam

DBQ Exam

Wednesday, June 10th
Thursday, June 11th
Friday, June 12th

M/C Final Exam

Tuesday, June 16th

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

$15 Million Dollars - The Inflation Calculator

So it cost Jefferson and Congress $15 million to purchase the Louisiana Territory. Use the inflation calculator to figure out how much that would be today!!!

The Inflation Calculator

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Castle Learning

I am happy to report that another practice exam has been added to Castle Learning. Please log-in and look for the exam, Early Presidents Preview. If you have forgotten, your username is ocean-school id. Your password was your own creation. If you have forgotten your password, please e-mail me at and I will delete your password.

Please note, this exam is a preview designed to assess your background knowledge. Since we have only just begun the unit, I expect that this will be a difficult test. Do not worry!!! It will help me better plan our unit.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Tuesday, March 17th

Hello Team 7-2. I will be out of the building today but I have left behind a very detailed lesson and an important review. I ask that you be respectful toward your substitute teacher and that you work hard preparing for Thursday's exam. Any work that is not completed today will be part of our review tomorrow. Also, I will have extra help on Wednesday afternoon, as well as Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

Mr. Keegan

Monday, March 16, 2009

Castle Learning Review

I am happy to report that a new practice exam has been added to Castle Learning. Please log-in and look for the exam, Government Review. If you have forgotten, your username is ocean-school id. Your password was your own creation. If you have forgotten your password, please e-mail me at and I will delete your password. All students scoring an 75% or above will receive 2 bonus points on Thursday's exam. Good luck!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Hello Team 7-2!!

Just wanted to let everyone know that I am in the building but will not be in each class. I will be in a number of meetings today, which means a substitute teacher will be leading our class. As always, please be respectful and work diligently. Your government exam is Wednesday, and what I have left behind today will be helpful as you continue your preparations.

1. Hello & Welcome

2.Please take 5 minutes to fill in page # 2 of your "Mess to Model"
sheet from Friday.
Section D must complete!

3.Taboo Review with Sections D & E

4. How a Bill Becomes a Law

"I'm Just a Bill"

5. Government Review Packet - Study

Monday, March 9, 2009

Billof Rights Rap

Bill of Rights Rap

Schoolhouse Rock - "We the People"

Sunday, March 1, 2009

The Keegan Boys Have Arrived

Hello Team 7-2! As you all know, my wife gave birth to two baby boys on Tuesday, February 24th. Leo was born at 8:34 A.M. and Matthew entered the world at 8:35. They are home now, eating and resting comfortably in the company of family and friends. It has been an amazing experience, and I look forward to sharing Leo and Matthew's stories with you over the next year and a half.

Leo & Matthew Keegan

I also wanted to thank Ms. Wick and Ms. Shulman for working tirelessly to maintain continuity and helping you to understand the principles of the U.S. Constitution. I spoke with Ms. Wick each day to plan lessons and discuss classroom behaviors. All in all, Ms. Wick gave a good report, and, for this, I am proud!

Thank you, also, to all of you have been in contact with kind words and support. It has been appreciated! It was great seeing so many of you in school on Thursday, and I look forward to catching up with all of you tomorrow.

Mr. Keegan

Sunday, February 8, 2009

The Articles of Confederation

The Articles of Confederation

Weaknesses of the Articles

Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation

Constitutional Debate

Causes and Effects of the Revolution

Causes and Effects of the Constitution

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Faces of the Revolution Presentations

Presentations will continue tomorrow, February 4th, and will continue throughout the week. Please remember, EXTRA HELP is available each morning this week at 7:00. Please see me if this does not work for you.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Project News

I am happy to announce to the world, as I did for the students of Team 7-2 on Friday, our Faces of the American Revolution project is now due on Monday, February 2nd. This extension will allow for two additional days in the Computer Lab: Monday and Tuesday, January 25th & 26th.