Republicans and Democrats

In our Republicans and Democrats lesson plan, students learn about the two major political parties in the United States. Their histories, key platforms, and major differences are covered in this lesson.

Our Republicans and Democrats lesson plan focuses on the two main political parties in the United States. The two parties are given equal time. A brief history of each party is given, as well as a summary of its platform and other facts. Most students will have heard of the two parties, but many do not know their place in the history and influence of American politics. During this lesson, students are asked to tell if the person is most likely a Democrat or a Republican based on given quotes, testing their understanding of the general beliefs of each party. Students are also asked to match terms with their definitions, demonstrating their understanding of the lesson vocabulary.

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to define and explain the differences between Republican and Democratic parties in the United States, and their influence on American politics and government.

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.4

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Social Studies, Video


4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

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    Penny H.
    US US
    Good start

    I found the lesson to be useable and understandable for a great variety of students! Thank you.

    Stacy F.
    US US
    Great starter for branches of Government

    Very easy to read and teach from..