Seventh Grade, MS Social Studies,
Mr. Brian Walsh
“To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love, For it is in giving that we receive. . .”
~ from The Prayer of Saint Francis
Welcome to Social Studies! My name is Brian Walsh and I am the seventh grade homeroom teacher at Holy Cross Catholic School. I was born and raised in Portland and have spent the majority of my life in the North Portland area. I even attended De La Salle North Catholic in its infancy years and graduated from the University of Portland in 2012 with a Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education. After finishing my degree, I joined the Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education (PACE) Program and earned my Masters of Education while working and living with some incredible educators. I am beyond excited to teach social studies again this year and work with our students as they explore the events and people that have shaped our immediate and global communities!
Online Curriculum (6th and 7th Grade):
Username: Holy Cross School Email Address
Online Curriculum (8th Grade):
Username: Holy Cross School Email Address
Grades 4-6 Technology
In Grades 4-6, Technology classes revolve around digital safety and learning the basics of Google Apps for Education. Among these are Google Slides, Google Docs, and Google Sheets. Throughout the year, students will be introduced to new tools they can utilize in their content area classes to improve their presentations and reports. In these classes, students will learn to demonstrate mastery of skills through project based learning. From time to time, additional resources and websites may be necessary to complete online research for a project. Those links will be provided below.
Grades 7-8 Technology
After mastering Google Apps for Education, students in grades 7 and 8 will focus more on using technology to improve their learning and executive functioning skills. Each week, students will take time to complete "Digital Maintenance," which includes organizing their Google Drive and school provided Gmail accounts, and updating their weekly Google Calendar with events and tasks they need to keep track of.
In addition, this class will provide an avenue for students to use technology to help them learn and prepare for other content areas. We will be using various websites and applications to create useful resources for them to study from and provide information about what they have learned to others. These may include, but are not limited to use of:
- Google Sites
7th Grade Social Studies:
During the Second Trimester, the 7th grade will be learning about the rise of Islam and the history and practices of the religion. In this study, we will learn about the life and teachings of Muhammad and explore the significance of the 5-Pillars. We will also spend time comparing this major religion to our own Catholic faith.
Following, we will explore the continent of Africa. In the first half of the unit, students will be introduced to the geography of the continent as a basis for how landforms and climate affect culture. After, we will expand our knowledge of the continent to understanding the rich history of the Ghana, Mali, Songhai, Kush and Axum empires.
- African Countries: https://lizardpoint.com/geography/africa-quiz.php
- African Countries (Type the Answers): https://lizardpoint.com/geography/africa-txt-quiz.php
- African Geography: https://lizardpoint.com/geography/africa-physical-quiz.php
- ALL Countries: https://lizardpoint.com/geography/europe-quiz.php
- Some European Countries: https://www.sporcle.com/games/andynguyen/europe-map-quiz
7th Grade Religion:
During the Second Trimester, the 7th Grade will dive into the Gospels and learn how they each uniquely teach us about the life and works of Jesus. Following, we will be going through our Second Steps Program, which teaches students about empathy, practices positive communication skills, and the risks of drug and alcohol use.
8th Grade Social Studies:
In the Second Trimester, the 8th Grade is learning about the 13 Colonies and the causes and outcomes of the American Revolution. During this study, we will be analyzing various documents, such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution to understand the foundations of our government and the roles each branch have in how our country operates.
A Note about Technology:
Throughout the year, the students will have access to technology both inside and outside the classroom. In particular, students will receive access to their own private and school monitored gmail accounts for use with Google Docs Applications and Email. While Mr. Tagorda, our Technology Director, and I will be instructing the class on safe technology use, I highly encourage all parents to visit the following webpages to learn how to support your child in making smart, safe choices online while at home:
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children:
Enough is Enough organization:
"Open the Eyes of Our Hearts, Lord."
- Ephesians 1:18