Unit Study on Massachusetts History and Government
This unit provides a variety of activities for six weeks of study, covering topics in history, geography, economics, civics, and government such as:
the purposes, principles, and practices of American government as established by the United States Constitution;
the rights and responsibilities we have as citizens and how to exercise these rights and responsibilities in local, state, and national government;
basic concepts of American government;
history and politics of Massachusetts.
The activities have been chosen to teach the fundamental ideas each week, while appealing to a range of learning styles and ages. Parents are encouraged to individualize the unit to suit their own child’s present level of knowledge and interest. Some assignments involve reading, writing, and research; others involve hands-on games, art, even music and cooking. We hope that students will let us know if they come up with an idea that we might add to the unit for future students to learn from.
Some weeks allow for choosing one or more activities; other weeks require that more than one activity be completed. Some weeks have suggested field trips that tie in with the subject matter. Students keep a log of their accomplishments in a unit study notebook. When a student completes the unit study, we hope that he or she will let AHEM know, and give us any constructive feedback. We will then be pleased to send a Certificate of Completion.