Learning Goal: Students will understand the differences between America’s current political parties and how they use the media to communicate their messages.
SS.7.C.2.13: Explain how views on government differ among groups.
SS.7.C.2.8: Identify America's current political parties, and illustrate their ideas about government.
Parties and the Political Spectrum
Today’s activity will get you to think about what your political beliefs and values are. You will start by learning about the different political parties and where their beliefs fall on a “political spectrum.”
Use the reading to the right "Political Parties READING," to answer the attached "QUESTIONS."
Second survey: Overall, your political values are closest to those of a____________.
Political Parties Scavenger Hunt
- Write down the name of a state with ALL Republican representatives.
- Write down the name of a state with ALL Democratic representatives.
CLICK HERE to answer the questions below:
Using the same webpage, click on Sort by State
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.
5. 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 to answer: In what countries are political parties illegal?
6. Summarize the term “Party Platform.”
7. Which political party is President Obama a member of? What about our last President, George W. Bush?
8. Define the following terms: “independent politician” AND “3rd party candidate”
9. 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)
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. Briefly summarize the viewpoints of the major "3rd parties."