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Meet the Teacher

Mr. Muir has been an educator in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for nearly thirty years serving as both a classroom teacher and principal. In addition he served on the Archdiocesan Committee to adopt social studies curriculum standards and taught integration of educational technology at National University. 

Math

Junior High Algebra and mathematics concentrate on readying the students for high school math. Our programs also relate math to its applications in other subjects.  This thorough preparation readies the students for the HSPT (High School Placement Test) and subsequent testing into high school level math classes. All math classes concentrate on strengthening higher level basics such as operations involving fractions, decimals, integers, as well as basic geometry.

 

 

Social Studies 

The Eighth Grade Social Studies Curriculum covers American history, particularly the ideas, issues, and events from the framing of the Constitution up to World War I.  After reviewing the development of America’s democratic institutions, students trace the development of American politics, society, culture, and economy and relate them to the emergence of major regional differences. They learn about the challenges facing the new nation, with an emphasis on the causes, course, and consequences of the Civil War. 

The Seventh Graders will study cross cultural world history from the Fall of Rome through the Enlightenment.  The course will focus on the history, geography and cultures of people around the world.

The Sixth Grade Curriculum focuses on ancient history from our earliest human-like ancestors, through the development of cities and division of labor, by studying Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Greece.

 

Scroll down for history links that support the middle school curriculum.

Online Resources

Resources are organized by California Curriculum Standards Topics

8.1  – Major events preceding the founding of the nation

Colonial Geography impacted all aspects of life in the early colonies.

The Great Awakening helped transform the colonies and lead eventually to the American Revolution http://www.great-awakening.com/  

Colonial Slavery  – This site contains timelines, narratives, and other resources about American slavery before the revolution.

Boston Massacre – This site contains a wealth of information about the Boston Massacre

Political Cartoons Activity  – This site provides information about the lead-up to the revolution through political cartoons.

Timeline of the American Revolution – This timeline from the British National Library outlines the major events of the American Revolution.

Individual States in the American Revolution – This site has an in-depth history of each state’s participation in the Revolutionary War.

The Articles of Confederation (timeline)  and Articles of Confederation (text) – These sites provide information surrounding the Americans first attempt at a national government.

Treaty of Paris  – This site uses primary documents to explain the treaty that ended the Revolutionary War.

8.2  – U.S. Constitution

https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/constitution-transcript

Ratification Debate

8.3  – Foundation of the American political system  

8.4  – Aspirations and Ideals of the people of the new nation

American Slavery 1 – This site focuses on the Underground Railroad

American Slavery 2  – This site outlines the history of slavery in the English Colonies and United States

American Slavery 3 – The Library of Congress Collection

Abolitionism – This website from Cornell University focuses on the Abolition Movement.

Slave Narratives – This page from the University of Virginia features first hand accounts of former slaves

Uncle Tom’s Cabin – This is an abridged version of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s groundbreaking and influential novel.  Uncle Tom’s Cabin moved public opinion in the North against the institution of slavery.

Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass – autobiography of slave and abolitionist.

8.5  – U.S. foreign policy in the early Republic

8.6  – Divergent paths of the American people with emphasis on the Northeast.  

8.7  – Divergent paths of the American people with emphasis on the South.

8.8  – Divergent paths of the American people with emphasis on the West.

Lewis and Clark

Journals of Lewis and Clark

Homestead Act

Congressional Debate on the Indian Removal Act

Trail of Tears Readers Theater

8.9  – Attempts to abolish slavery

8.10 – Causes, events, and consequences of the Civil War

Military Records

8.11 – Reconstruction

http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/exhibits/reconstruction/timeline.html

8.12 – Industrial Revolution

World War One

Wilson’s 14 Point Plan – Fourteen Points

Overview of the War from BBC – BBC WWI Overview

National Holocaust Museum

 

Resources are organized by California Curriculum Standards Topics

8.1  – Major events preceding the founding of the nation

8.2  – U.S. Constitution

8.3  – Foundation of the American political system   

8.4  – Aspirations and Ideals of the people of the new nation

8.5  – U.S. foreign policy in the early Republic

8.6  – Divergent paths of the American people with emphasis on the Northeast.  

8.7  – Divergent paths of the American people with emphasis on the South.

8.8  – Divergent paths of the American people with emphasis on the West.

  • Westward Expansion – The following video clip depicts pioneer life on the Great Plains:  <a “=”” href=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/7llF2htLyfk” target=”_blank”>https://www.youtube.com/embed/7llF2htLyfk”

8.9  – Attempts to abolish slavery

8.10 – Causes, events, and consequences of the Civil War

8.11 – Reconstruction

Reconstruction Video

8.12 – Industrial Revolution

Westward Expansion

World War Two

  Holocaust Video

World War two overview

 

 

World History Videos

 

Machu Piccu – https://www.youtube.com/embed/AkecWRygdEY

Early Migration to the Americas – https://www.schooltube.com/embed/86ff2cea13c9d27db6e6

Angor Wat – https://www.youtube.com/embed/OzR8lFXigko

Noh Theater – https://www.youtube.com/embed/C2Oi3C4G1WI

Kabuki Theater – https://www.youtube.com/embed/hALJT_zRzOg

Samurai Theater – https://www.youtube.com/embed/fYbLyOrl8gs

China Forbidden City – https://www.youtube.com/embed/tPfYrmcfvYE

Tang and Song Dynasties – https://www.youtube.com/embed/QevzBtpywO4

Salt Mining – https://www.youtube.com/embed/Bi9bJhRZtKA

Libraries of Timbuktu Part One – www.youtube.com/embed/nzqhymaPDNs

Libraries of Timbuktu Part Two – www.youtube.com/embed/9A556XvgTO0

Bedouin Lifestyle – www.youtube.com/embed/4Q3uhqv8epM

Islamic Spain – www.youtube.com/embed/Zs3y-jpY4eI

Splendor of Abbasid Empire – http://oyc.yale.edu/history/hist-210/lecture-16

Fall of Rome – www.youtube.com/embed/nc_DFs2ZzD8?rel=0

Diocletian – www.youtube.com/embed/vuKSi8_w-hw

Constantine – www.youtube.com/embed/1eRx66JYfkQ

Hagia Sophia – https://www.youtube.com/embed/aOExHX45jLQ

 

 

World History Web pages

Africa – http://www.pbs.org/wnet/africa/

Timeline of Chinese History – http://depts.washington.edu/chinaciv/timeline.htm

Re-Organization of the Roman Empire – http://www.forumromanum.org/history/morey28.html

Fall of Rome Timeline – http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/tablescharts/a/120610-Fall-Of-Rome-Timeline.htm

Tetrarchy – http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/romeempire/g/tetrarchy.htm

 

 

These class webpages will be updated frequently with important links and announcements.