Political Parties

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Looking to get involved in American politics? A great way to start is by learning about the different political parties! In this lesson, students will be introduced to both major and minor political parties in the United States. Characteristics of each party will be discussed, allowing students to better understand the beliefs and platforms of each.  In addition, this lesson encourages students to become more involved in the political process, whether it be through voting or other means of engagement.

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Our Political Parties lesson plan introduces the students to both major and minor political parties in the United States, including characteristics of each. Most students may be aware of the two major parties, Republican and Democrat, but the other parties will be new to many of the students. During this lesson, students are asked to work with a group to create their own political party, including a name, symbol, mission statement, and stance on a number of issues; they will then present it to the class, sharpening their public speaking and presentation skills. Students are also asked to decide if given information applies to the Democrats or Republicans.

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to identify, define, and list characteristics of political parties in the United States.

 

 

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grade-level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

subject

Social Studies, Video

State Educational Standards

LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.1, LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4, LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.1, LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4, LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.6-8.1, LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.6-8.4,

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04/22/2020
Cedric P.
US US

Political Parties

It was very interesting and help with my lesson plan for my social studies class

CS
07/02/2019
Cris S.
US US

I am starting my first

I am starting my first year of teaching and I am feeling overwhelmed by all the different curriculum. When I stumbled onto Clarendon Learning I felt a wave of relief. I now had a base to work from in creating lesson plans to fit my needs. I haven't taught any of the lessons, yet, but I know that I now have some tools in my pocket that I will be able to use. Thank you for having these lesson plans available.