This collection has lesson plans, multimedia links, teacher's guides, supplementary materials, assessment ideas, and much more. Topics covered include political party platforms, history of political parties, the political spectrum, and political advertisements. Teachers can pick and choose resources based on instructional goals and needs of the student population.

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Beyond the above recommended lessons, there are additional videos to support the core content and resources that provide a more in-depth look at issues related to political parties in the United States. 

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A simple worksheet to help students learn basic vocabulary around US political parties.
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The Civil War to 1910: The Golden Age of Parties

by Bill of Rights Institute EDUCATING INDIVIDUALS about THE CONSTITUTION

After the Civil War, Congress grew increasingly assertive and also became more concerned with how it organized itself as a legislative body. This period was marked by clashes over the powers of party bosses, the proper role of Speakers of the House, and the influence committees and committee chairs over the progress of legislation.
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In this unit, students will read the philosophical and policy statements of Hamilton, Jefferson, Madison, and others to better understand the nature and positions of the first political parties in the United States.
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A video that examines the major political parties in the United States.
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This lesson examines the two-party political system in the United States and the effect upon it that third parties have had.
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A short quiz to determine where you stand on the political spectrum.
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Party Platforms

by Jenny Sitkin

Short video clips that explain party platforms.
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In this activity, students learn about political platforms, then identify social and political issues they care about to create planks for their own political platform.
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The lesson examines political advertisements.
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ISideWith

by Jenny Sitkin

A website focused on increasing voter engagement and educating citizens on key issues.
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iCivics: One Big Party

by Jenny Sitkin

A basic lesson on the two major political parties.
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A comprehensive unit on political parties and the media from the Georgia Virtual Learning program.
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A video that examines the history of American political parties.
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A video that examines political ideology in America.
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