Political Parties

Main Objective

Students will be able to explain the role of political parties in selecting candidates for office, engaging voters, and organizing their respective caucus.

Additional Objectives

  • identify and explain the differences between liberal and conservative ideology.
  • evaluate their own political ideology and apply it towards matching their beliefs with a political party and presidential candidate.
90
Minute Curriculum

Activities

Download 90-minute lesson plan.

– Pizza Scenario & Pre-write

PPT: “The Political Parties in the Electoral Process” with Interactive Notes

Political Ideology Survey

– Group Students By Political Ideology

Political Parties Assignment Menu

HW: Finish Political Parties Assignment (Due on Day 6)

HW: Answer the following question in 1-2 paragraphs. If the Iowa Caucus were held tomorrow which candidate would you be most likely to support and why? What about this candidate’s personality, beliefs, and accomplishments would make you vote for them? (Due on Day 6)

HW: Visit the Caucus 101 website or Facebook Page and vote for the candidate you would choose today.

60
Minute Curriculum

Activities

Download 60-minute lesson plan.

– Pizza Scenario & Pre-write

PPT: “The Political Parties in the Electoral Process” with Interactive Notes

Political Ideology Survey

– Group Students By Political Ideology

Political Party Letter Organizer

HW: Finish Political Parties Letter Organizer (Due on Day 6)

HW: Answer the following question in 1-2 paragraphs. If the Iowa Caucus were held tomorrow which candidate would you be most likely to support and why? What about this candidate’s personality, beliefs, and accomplishments would make you vote for them? (Due on Day 6)

HW: Visit the Caucus 101 website or Facebook Page and vote for the candidate you would choose today.

30
Minute Curriculum

Activities

Download 30-minute lesson plan.

– Pizza Scenario & Pre-write

PPT: “The Political Parties in the Electoral Process” with Interactive Notes

HW: Political Ideology Survey

HW: Answer the following question in 1-2 paragraphs. If the Iowa Caucus were held tomorrow which candidate would you be most likely to support and why? What about this candidate’s personality, beliefs, and accomplishments would make you vote for them? (Due on Day 6)

HW: Visit the Caucus 101 website or Facebook Page and vote for the candidate you would choose today.

Standards


Iowa Core SS.9–12.PSCL.1
Essential Concept and/or Skill: Understand the rights and responsibilities of each citizen and demonstrate the value of lifelong civic action.
Iowa Core SS.9–12.PSCL.5
Essential Concept and/or Skill: Understand strategies for effective political action that impact local, state, and national governance.