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!

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Online Curriculum (6th and 7th Grade):


Online Curriculum (8th Grade):


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:

  3. Google Sites

7th Grade Social Studies:

During the First Trimester, the 7th grade will start the year reviewing the rise and fall of the Roman Empire.  As we progress through the year, we will explore world history up through the Renaissance. Some of the units we will cover include:

  • The Byzantine Empire
  • Rise of Islam
  • Medieval Europe
  • African Kingdoms

Maps of Europe Practice:

  1. ALL Countries:
  2. Some European Countries:

7th Grade Religion:

In the first few weeks of 7th Grade, students will be focusing on the significance and symbolism of the Catholic Mass. For this, we will utilize our religion textbook, Alive in Christ, and Altaration by Ascension Press (click here to learn more about this program).  These programs will dive us deep into how the Mass is structured and why we, as Catholics, pray the way that we do.

8th Grade Social Studies:

To begin the year, the 8th grade is beginning its study on the Renaissance as a precursor for the Age of Exploration and the establishment of the British colonies in America.  Throughout this study, we will be looking closely at a variety of primary and secondary sources and analyzing them, along with our new curriculum, History Alive,  in order to identify trends and critically think about our nation's history.

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