Monday, August 18, 2014

Back to School

I'll be back for orientation one week from tomorrow, back at the school two weeks from tomorrow, and I expect to see everyone two weeks from Wednesday! Enjoy the summer!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Ancient World in the News Today

Why do we study ancient civilizations when we live in the 21st century?  I'm glad that you asked.  We are going to formulate that answer together in the first week of school, then I will put your answers on my site.  If you take a look at the two maps below and turn on the news, you can start to understand the importance of this region to our world today. 

The first map is the Assyrian empire, nearly 3000 years ago.  The second map includes southeastern Europe, Northeast Africa,and the Middle East.  If you turn on the news or read a newspaper or website, you will find much of this region at the top of the news EVERY day.  If you have some time this summer, look into what's going on in the region and why it is still very relevant to our world today.

The lands that the Assyrians fought to conquer 3000 years ago, are still being fought over today, and the United States is involved in most if not all of the conflicts.  The second map is the same region (from Google Maps) and it includes Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.  The tip of the Crimean Peninsula is even present in this picture.  While you have been on summer vacation, all of these places have been in news (A LOT).

Builders Club in Wicked Local

Pictured:  Co-Presidents Diana Matarazzo and Jessica Walker.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Myth Masters!

Young Audiences of Massachusetts brought their show "Myth Masters" to the McGlynn Middle School this past week.  The Myth Masters (Lindsay Flothers and Anthony Cascio) have been coming to the McGlynn for eight years with their production of Greek myths.  The McGlynn sixth graders were treated to modern versions of "Phaeton and Helios," "Orpheus and Eurydice," and "Echo and Narcissus."  The show comes during our study of ancient Greece in Social Studies, as well as Ms. Sanford's reading or Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief in English Language Arts.  Myth Masters manage to keep the students (and faculty) laughing while sharing the art of myth-telling with the audience.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Quizlets are Up - Quiz Thursday!

I just completed Quizlets on Greek geography and government.  Here is a link to my Quizlets - study hard!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

No Carnations Tomorrow

The Builders Club will be delivering the carnations after February Vacation due to the weather. 

Thursday, January 16, 2014


We've spent the past week "Exploring Economics", and I think that we had some good discussions about entrepreneurship, supply and demand, scarcity, and globalization among other things.  This topic may seem unrelated to the ancient civilizations that we are studying, but we've actually been discussing economics since we did the "Road to Civilization" charts back in October. 

The start of agriculture led to a varied labor force (specialization), the build-up of capital (surplus), and all of this resulted in bartering for goods and services (trade).  Merchants and traders were the first entrepreneurs when they took the risk that their goods would actually allow them to trade for other goods of value.

We're starting the last section on Egypt soon, so let me ask you this - What kind of economic system did they have in ancient Egypt?  What evidence do you have to support your theory?

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Happy New Year!

A little late, but better late than never, right?  

We have about three weeks remaining in our study of ancient Egypt.  After that, we move onto Greece (and with that comes our next major project)!

It can be tough to re-focus after a two-week break, but second quarter grades are closing soon, so don't take your eye of your studies!  This is actually a great time to buckle down, put some good grades in the book and finish the second quarter on a strong note.

The third and fourth quarters also get a bit more difficult, so this is no time to be taking it easy when it comes to your studies.  Seventh grade teachers will expect a lot more work from you right off the bat, so we need to get you ready for a heavier workload between now and the end of the year.

I've added a Quizlet page to my website so that you can practice vocabulary and ideas.  I only have the terms from this section, but I think that's a good start, since this section has quite a few terms (eleven).  Test yourself when you get a chance - practice makes perfect!