Learning Goal: Students will understand the differences between America’s current political parties.
Task 1: Political Parties
Second survey: Overall, your political values are closest to those of a____________.
Learning Goal: Students will understand the differences between America's current political parties.
Political Parties Scavenger Hunt
Follow the directions below to complete this Scavenger Hunt. For some questions you will have to click on the links provided, and for others you will have to use a general internet search.
CLICK HERE to answer the questions below:
1. Write down the name of 4 states with ALL Republican representatives or MOSTLY Republican representatives.
2. Write down the name of 4 states with ALL Democratic representatives or MOSTLY Democratic representatives.
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3. Find a state where the two senators from that state are members of different political parties and write down their names, state, and party.
4. Find a state where the two senators from that state are members of the same political party and write down their name, state, and party.
Use an internet search to find the answers to the following questions:
5. Summarize the term "Party Platform."
6. Which political party is President Obama a member of? What about our last President, George W. Bush?
7. Define the following terms: "independent politician" AND "3rd party candidate"
8. What are the most popular "3rd parties" in the U.S.? (Hint: there are three parties other than Democrats and Republicans with more than 75,000 registered voters in the United States)
9. Briefly summarize the viewpoints of the major "3rd parties."
10. Write down the name of at least one "third party member" of Congress (House of Representatives OR the Senate) who are either serving now or have served in the past. When did they serve?
11. In his farewell address, George Washington warned Americans of the dangers of political parties. Our first president thought that parties would tear the young country apart.
Search the internet: In what country are political parties illegal?
When you're finished with the Political Parties Scavenger Hunt...
Directions: FOR EACH PARTY, briefly summarize their viewpoints on 3 specific topics in their party platform.
For example: On the Democratic Party's website, if you click on “Stronger in the World, Safer and More Secure at Home,” I don't expect you to summarize the WHOLE section. Instead, pick a more specific topic within that section to summarize; like “Responsibly Ending the War in Afghanistan.”
For example: On the Republican Party's website, if you click on “Section 3: We the People,” I don't expect you to summarize the WHOLE section. Instead, pick a more specific topic within that section to summarize; like “Federalism and the 10th amendment.”
1) Students will understand the differences between American's current Political Parties.
2) Students will understand how the Electoral College works and its weaknesses.
Political Parties Review
The Electoral College
Directions: After we watch the video to the right, you will write a paragraph response that summarizes the basics of how the Electoral College Works. We will stop and discuss periodically throughout the video.
Weaknesses of the Electoral College
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Directions: After we watch the video to the left, you will write a paragraph response that summarizes some of the major problems/weaknesses of the Electoral College. We will stop and discuss periodically throughout the video.
Thursday/Friday 2/19 and 2/20
Learning Goal: Students will understand how the Electoral College works and its weaknesses.
270 to win: Electoral College Overview
Scroll down until you see “The History: Results of Prior Presidential Elections” and select this option.
(If you are using a laptop, click HERE.)
In the top right corner of the screen, touch on the “plus” and “negative” signs to scroll forward and backward through historical presidential elections. In order to answer some questions, you will need to touch on the “Election Facts” button in the bottom right corner of the screen. For other questions, you may have to use a general internet search to help you answer.
The questions can be found in the document to the right, but will also be passed out to each table so you don't have to go back and forth between the app and the questions.