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Mr. Muir has been an educator in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for more than twenty-five 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. He is passionate about history and loves sharing his enthusiasm with his students.
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, with an emphasis on America's role in the war. After reviewing the development of America's democratic institutions founded on the Judeo-Christian heritage and English parliamentary traditions, particularly the shaping of the Constitution, 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. They make connections between the rise of industrialization and contemporary social and economic conditions.
This class webpage will feature a myriad of resources on the fascinating history and cultures found in this diverse curriculum, so be sure to check back often.