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                                                          To Contact Mrs. Whitehead Email:  dwhitehead@birmingham.k12.mi.us 


    *Ever wonder why Native Americans owned Enslaved Peoples?

    *Did you know that Shirley Chisholm, an African American woman, ran for President of the United States?

    *Can you name new technologies and weapons stemming from World War 1?

    *Teddy Roosevelt's favorite hobby and lifetime passion were what?

    *Ever wonder what requirements are critical to writing a Small Business Plan?

    *Are you contemplating a run for political office?  Want to know how to establish a winning campaign?


    If these pique your interest, then Seaholm Social Studies will answer these questions and millions more!  

    If inquiry, investigations, making connections, project-based learning, diversity, information, role-play, research, analysis, cause/effect construct, and the love of History and Social Studies over time in a thematic approach are your "cup of tea", then WE HAVE COURSES TAILOR-MADE FOR YOU!





    World History A & B-Freshmen

    Using a thematic approach, students will study six different historical eras. World History A begins with an
    examination of river civilizations and the origins of the world’s great religions. Skipping around the globe,
    students will then compare and contrast life during the middle ages in various world regions. The final era
    of study involves the emergence of Europe on the world stage and the growth and spread of imperialism.
    World History B picks up with the age of revolutions and industrialization. Students will then study the advent
    of the World Wars and the impact of Total War. The final unit covers the time period after WWII, looking specifically
    at the legacies left by the cold war and Imperialism, including the rise of terrorism.
    Prerequisites: World History A is a prerequisite for World History B
    Grades Taught: 9 

    U.S. History A & B-Sophomore

    U.S. History A-In this course, students will study the history of the United States from the end of Reconstruction through
    the Great Depression (1877-1940). Students will examine industrialization, urbanization, and the growth of
    the United States as an imperial power as they learn about topics such as the Industrial Revolution,
    immigration, Progressivism, the Spanish-American War, the Panama Canal, and World War I. In addition,
    students will analyze the factors that led to the boom and bust of the 1920s and 1930s, and consider the
    causes of the Great Depression as they debate the role of the United States both domestically and in foreign
    Prerequisites: None
    Grades Taught: 10

    U.S. History B-In this course, students will study the history of the United States from the Second World War through
    contemporary times. Students will examine topics of both domestic and global importance, such as World
    War II, the Cold War, Civil Rights, Vietnam, and, of course, the role of the United States as a world
    Prerequisites: U.S. History A
    Grades Taught: 10


    Microeconomics is designed as a one-trimester and students will earn ½ credit, which will meet the State
    of Michigan requirement for graduation. This course will examine the principles of economics that apply to
    the functions of individual decision makers, both consumers and producers, within the larger economic
    system. Some of the topics covered include: supply and demand, scarcity, opportunity costs, consumer
    choice, factor markets, business, personal finance, inflation, and interest rates. It is the aim Microeconomics
    to provide a learning experience relevant to the experiences of operations of households and businesses
    in our mixed US economic structure. Microeconomics will focus on the principles to investigate the following
    content areas: Basic Economic Concepts, The Nature and Functions of Production.
    Prerequisites: None
    Grades Taught: 11, 12

    American Government-Senior

    United States Government is a one-trimester course in which students explore the workings of our national,
    state and local governments. By examining the Constitution, students gain insight into the principles of
    federalism, popular sovereignty, limited government, judicial review, separation of powers and checks and
    balances. Through landmark court rulings, students will examine the Bill of Rights to determine where the
    line is drawn between the protection of individual liberties and the right of government to restrict these
    freedoms. Using a variety of teaching strategies and resources, such as readings, audiovisual materials,
    guest speakers, and the Internet, students will analyze and make judgments about the powers and workings
    of the Congress, the Presidency and the Judicial Branch. As a result of their understanding of the principles
    of a democracy, students will be better prepared to function as informed, involved citizens.
    Prerequisites: None
    Grades Taught: 12