Social Studies

Mr. Brian Hurd

6th-8th grade


I started teaching at Mary of Lourdes Middle School in the 2002-03 school year, and have been teaching all the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Social Studies classes since. In the 2006-07 school years I started teaching Computer classes, and now teach all of the 6th through 8th grade classes. I bring what I’ve learned through my travels back into the classroom and have visited all 50 states and 58 countries. I have been teaching 6-8th grade Spanish using Rosetta Stone online. I am also the Lead Teacher at the Middle School.


6th Grade:

Social Studies students learn about Egypt, China, Greece, Rome, Minnesota Geography, the Fur Trade, the land changing hands, immigration, and Little Falls history.


7th and 8th Grade: 

Students are combined into sections, one year they learn about the geography of Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East along with World War I, World War II, the Holocaust, and the Cold War. The next year they learn about the American Revolution through the Civil War, including a unit on U.S. government, early American history, the Oregon Trail, and the events leading up to the U.S. Civil War. The final project is drawing a map of the U.S. by memory.


7th and 8th grade students use eTexts I wrote and published on World War I, World War II, the Holocaust, the Cold War, the Oregon Trail, and the Civil War.