Online Class: Unit Studies 101

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Course Description

This is a two-part class, the purpose of which is to provide you with the tools necessary to develop your own unit studies course for either homeschool or classroom purposes. Part 1 walks you through the process of building your own unit study course in general terms. Part 2 applies the concepts discussed previously to the topic of baseball and gives you a variety of suggestions for creating a unit study that covers all the major subject areas.

During this course, you will learn the purpose of a unit study, how to pick a suitable topic, how to find resources to support it, how to apply your chosen topic across subject areas, and how to research and plan a unit study. These are strategies you can use to build a unit study using any topic you like. To help you apply these concepts more specifically, Part 2 uses all the principles learned in Part I to build a unit study on baseball. You will learn how to turn the sport of baseball into a way to teach U.S. History, race relations in the U.S., Economics, Comparative Social Studies, Art, Science, Music, Math, and Language Arts. You will also learn some helpful strategies for developing a capstone activity: the Field Trip.

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics

  • Lesson 1: How to Develop Your Own Unit Study
  • Lesson 2: How to Choose a Unit Study For Your Child
  • Lesson 3: Subject Areas
  • Lesson 4: Compiling Resources
  • Lesson 5: Sample Unit Studies Course--Baseball
  • Lesson 6 Unit Study: Relating Baseball to Art
  • Lesson 7 Unit Study: Relating Baseball to Science
  • Lesson 8 Unit Study: Relating Baseball to Music
  • Lesson 9 Unit Study: Relating Baseball to Math
  • Lesson 10 Unit Study: Relating Baseball to Language Arts
  • Lesson 11: The Field Trip

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with one or two assignments. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know how to develop your own unit study.
  • Describe how to choose a unit study for your child.
  • Describe subject areas.
  • Describe compiling resources.
  • Describe sample unit studies course--baseball.
  • Describe relating baseball to art.
  • Describe relating baseball to science.
  • Describe relating baseball to music.
  • Describe relating baseball to math.
  • Describe relating baseball to language arts.
  • Describe the field trip, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction1
Lesson 1 Assignment25
Lesson 1 Exam15
Lesson 2 Assignment25
Lesson 2 Exam15
Lesson 3 Assignment25
Lesson 3 Exam15
Lesson 4 Assignment25
Lesson 4 Exam15
Lesson 5 Assignment25
Lesson 5 Exam15
Lesson 6 Assignment25
Lesson 6 Exam15
Lesson 7 Assignment25
Lesson 7 Exam15
Lesson 8 Assignment25
Lesson 8 Exam15
Lesson 9 Assignment25
Lesson 9 Exam15
Lesson 10 Assignment25
Lesson 10 Exam15
Lesson 11 Exam15
Total Points:416

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