Ch 68: Massachusetts & New England - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy

About This Chapter

Examine this chapter to learn more about the government and history of Massachusetts to help you prepare for any related questions on the MTEL Political Science/ Political Philosophy exam.

Massachusetts & New England - MTEL Political Science/ Political Philosophy - Chapter Summary

This chapter serves to aid your studies for the MTEL Political Science/ Political Philosophy exam by expounding upon the history and development of the government of Massachusetts and the state's overall history. Topics related to Massachusetts that will be detailed in these lessons include:

  • Massachusetts Constitution of 1780
  • Legislative, judicial, and executive branches of state government
  • Finances of Massachusetts's government
  • State and local governments in Massachusetts
  • Roles of citizenship in the state
  • Significant events and facts in the state's history

These short lessons aim to present the story of Massachusetts in a creative and informative manner. To best utilize this chapter, be sure to take the brief self-assessments, as well as the cumulative chapter exam, after you complete each lesson to practice using your knowledge.

Massachusetts & New England - MTEL Political Science/ Political Philosophy- Chapter Objectives

In order to acquire your license to teach related courses in Massachusetts, you must first pass the MTEL Political Science/ Political Philosophy exam. On the exam, 24-26 of the test's 100 multiple-choice questions relate directly to government and civics topics, including those of Massachusetts. The content of these lessons is aimed at developing your knowledge of the development and roles of Massachusetts's government and citizens. By carefully studying the information provided in this chapter, you should gain the knowledge necessary to answer any Massachusetts-specific government questions on the exam.

8 Lessons in Chapter 68: Massachusetts & New England - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy
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Massachusetts Constitution of 1780

1. Massachusetts Constitution of 1780

In this lesson we explore the Massachusetts Constitution of 1780. Written by three renowned figures in colonial history, the constitution is considered a precursor to the U.S. Constitution written seven years later.

Structure of the Massachusetts Legislative Branch

2. Structure of the Massachusetts Legislative Branch

Each state in the United States has its own legislature. In this lesson, you'll learn about the structure of the Massachusetts legislative branch. You'll also learn about its legislative process.

Massachusetts Executive Branch: Departments & Agencies

3. Massachusetts Executive Branch: Departments & Agencies

Massachusetts has played an important role in American history, and its government has authority over a large population to this day. In this lesson, we'll talk about the executive branch of government in Massachusetts and see how power/responsibilities are assigned.

Massachusetts Judicial Branch: Structure & Jurisdiction

4. Massachusetts Judicial Branch: Structure & Jurisdiction

State court systems can be quite complex. In this lesson, you'll learn about the Massachusetts Judicial Branch. We'll take a look at the structure of the Massachusetts court system and the jurisdiction of the various courts in it.

How Massachusetts's Government Is Financed

5. How Massachusetts's Government Is Financed

In this lesson, you will learn about how Massachusetts's state government is financed. The three main sources we will discuss are taxes, fees, and federal funding.

Relationship Between  Massachusetts's State & Local Governments

6. Relationship Between Massachusetts's State & Local Governments

This article will explore the relationship between Massachusetts' State and Local Governments, and the relationship Massachusetts has to the Federal government of the United States of America. We will also discuss the unique municipality type known as the New England Town.

How Citizens Participate in  Massachusetts's Government

7. How Citizens Participate in Massachusetts's Government

In this lesson, we'll explore how Massachusetts citizens can participate in government. We'll discuss several options for those not yet old enough to vote, how citizens can petition for a change in the law, and some requirement to run for office.

State of Massachusetts: Facts & History

8. State of Massachusetts: Facts & History

From the landing of Puritan colonists at Plymouth Rock in the 1620, Massachusetts has been hugely significant to the history of the United States. Learn how the economy, culture and history of Massachusetts has helped shape America.

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