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Welcome to the 6th Grade Laptop History & Language Arts Block for the 2016/2017 school year. I have created this site for students and parents to view information for my class. If you have any questions regarding this website, you may reach me through my e-mail address: rmclaughlin@pleasantonusd.net



Take a look to see what happened on:

History Channel

This Day in History




The Acropolis Today: The Parthenon

We are currently studying Ancient Greece! We will be acting out the Persian Wars. Then we will be fighting our way through the infamous Peloponnesian Wars between Athens & Sparta. Finally, we will lay our unit to rest with the amazing, or not-so-amazing, one-and-only Alexander the Great!



Finlay and Mom






We are currently reading The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff. We will be working in literature circles.

Vinegar Tasters

Which Vinegar Taster are you? Confucius, Laozi, or Buddha?

The Snowball Effect: Check out a student's example: A Web of Lies

Web of Lies

Be sure to proofread your literature work before submitting. Did I...:

  • Check for proper capitalization?
  • Check for proper end punctuation?
  • Correct fragments and run-on sentences?
  • Re-state the questions in my answers?
  • Proofread!
  • Print my work?


Need to practice your typing skills? Here is a free online typing tutorial!


It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire.



Who's Who of Early Man; Early Hominids; Lucy
Mesopotamia; Ancient Mesopotamia; Palaces of Assyria; Assyrian Warfare; Astronomers of Babylon; Trade and Transport; The Royal Tombs of Ur; Ziggurats;
Alexander the Great, Athens & Sparta; Aristotle, Architecture, Daily Life; Government, Education, Festivals & Games; Geography, Gods & Goddesses, Olympian Gods, Homer: The Iliad & The Odyssey, Macedonia, The Olympics, Pericles, Plato, Timeline; The Persian Wars; Wars
The British Museum, Discovering Egypt, Virtual Egypt, Ramses' Sons, Egyptian Art, Mummies, Embalming; Video: Search for a Pharaoh's Tomb ; The Sphinx, Hieroglyphics; Preparing Seneb for the Afterlife King Tut Sites: King Tutankhamun: Murder?, Death by Broken Leg?; At the Tomb of Tutankhamen; Discovery Channel: King Tut Egyptian Topics: Adorning, Burial, Crafts, Domestic, Food, Housing, Medicine, Music, Religious, Social, Warfare, Writing

Ancient Israel

The History of Israel; The Torah; Yom Kippur; Rosh Hashanah (The Jewish New Year); Hanukkah (The Festival of Lights); What is a Maccabee?; The Maccabees; Jewish Virtual Library; Israel; Postcard Game; Jerusalem; Israel Timeline; Presidents of Israel; Israel Fast Facts; Games; The Ten Commandments (also in Hebrew)

Ancient India, The Buddha; Geography; Early Hinduism; The Indus Valley; Writing, Ancient Indus Valley; Gandhi; Journey Through India: Kids' Zone; PBS: The Story of India; The Flag of India

Ancient China; Crafts & Artisans; Geography; Timeline; Tombs & Ancestors; Writing: Maoists; Qin Dynasty; Han Dynasty;

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