ERIC Number: ED447024
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
Character, Civility, and the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: A Collection of Sample Units.
Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston.
Educating students about character development and responsibility can and should be an integral part of the academic curriculum. This collection contains units of study that were written to exemplify some of the many ways that these themes might be taught in preK-12 Massachusetts classrooms. Using the standards of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks as their core, these units explore the ethical dimensions of literary and artistic works, as well as incidents from history and contemporary life. According to the collection, each work is important in its own right, and each offers students, teachers, and parents a reason to talk about the expression of ideas, the dynamics of conflict and cooperation, and humanity's search for understanding of the meaning and purpose of life. Although the units are presented as separate entities in the collection, they would be most effective when used as part of a coordinated school program that involves parents and the community, and which is organized around the exploration of important human themes and character traits. The collection contains sample units for the elementary level, for the middle school level, and for the high school level. Each unit includes information on the standards it addresses, on teaching the unit, on extension, on assessment, on materials and resources needed, and on additional resources. (BT)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Citizenship Responsibility, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethical Instruction, Interdisciplinary Approach, Public Schools, Social Studies, State Standards, Student Development, Thematic Approach
Massachusetts State Department of Education, 350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148-5023; Tel: 781-338-3000; Web site: (http://www.doe.mass.edu).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts