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!

Contact Mr. Walsh

Online Curriculum (6th and 7th Grade):


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5th Grade Technology

During the second trimester, 5th Grade is learning how to use Google Slides as a tool for learning and teaching academic content. In collaboration with Ms. Haluska, students are choosing a question of their choice, related to their unit in science about the Solar System, and creating a Google Slides presentation for the class.  Below are some links for the project that may be useful, in addition to the project description and rubric.

Google Slides Project and Rubric

Solar System Google Slides Project Links:


6th Grade Technology:

This trimester, the 6th Grade is continuing to dive deeper into how to use Google Apps for Education (GAFE) to enhance their education and communicate their learning with teachers. Our current project, the "Early Humans Project" combines both Technology and Social Studies by having students research early hominid species and put their research into an attractive poster using Google Docs.  Below are some links that may be useful in their research as well as the project description and rubric.

Early Humans Google Docs Project and Rubric

  5. Evolution Timeline:

*For students interested in learning more about the Catholic response to Evolution, please check out the following websites :


6th Grade Social Studies:

This trimester, the sixth grade is learning all about early civilizations, including Mesopotamia and Egypt.  These units will culminate with an Egypt Project, which will have students create models of various artifacts found in these cultures and present their learning in a living history museum format.

7th Grade Social Studies:

During the Second Trimester, the 7th grade will be begin by learning about the rise and fall of various African Kingdoms and how European imperialism impacted the future of the Continent.  Later in the trimester, we will be studying Medieval China and eventually, Medieval Europe.

Maps of Europe Practice:

  1. ALL Countries:
  2. Some European Countries:

7th Grade Religion:

Currently, the 7th Grade is exploring our faith and especially, the Holy Trinity through the study of the Catechism and the Bible. In addition, we are integrating Second Steps into are weekly schedule, which prepares us to live and act in more Christ-like manners with our friends, family, and other adults.

8th Grade Social Studies:

This trimester, 8th Grade is learning all about the American Revolution and the founding of our country, including the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, and U.S. Constitution. Currently, we are analyzing primary and secondary sources to identify the causes of the Revolutionary War and determine whether the colonists were justified in declaring their independence from Britain.

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 computer teacher, 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:

"We are the light of the world."

- Matthew 5:14