Lesson plans focusing on politics, political parties and election campaigns. Students will be able to differentiate between political parties and why the party party system is functioning in our country. Also included are a few videos and internet links.

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Political Parties

by Jason Kwong

This is a lesson plan dealing with political parties. In it students will examine the differences between the Democrat and Republican parties by looking at the viewpoints of each party in relation to current controversial issues. Students will also be responsible for creating a video in this lesson to highlight what they have learned.
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This is a lesson about political participation & the new methods developed since the rise of media and technology - specifically cyber-activism.
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Social Studies Curriculum: Students will understand how political campaigns use polling data to understand voter appeal of their candidate and what issues are most sensitive to their concerns. Students will then take this information and create a campaign-organizing project to inform potential voters about the candidates. Language Arts Curriculum: Students will analyze the effectiveness of the language that grassroots political organizers use to connect with different voting groups and to achieve political goals. They will also develop multimedia presentations while using persuasive visuals and language to convey political messages.
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This lesson plan introduces students to a few of the key campaign tools politicians use to help get themselves elected. It introduces them by looking at real-life examples and then asks them to synthesize the information by creating their own advertisements and pamphlets.
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This lesson serves to provide students with an understanding of the political divisions that emerged with regards to the Vietnam War in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Students will have some background information about this topic both from this course and from United States History courses taken in middle school. Students will have a firm understanding of activism in the 1960s after having learned about the Counterculture in the previous chapter of their textbook. Students will have some knowledge about the Vietnam War and some of the political divisions that sprouted from this event from their middle school classes in United States History. It is important to discuss the political divisions about the Vietnam War because students will learn methods employed by other students in the past to express their political views (students can make connections to the world beyond the classroom), the role of music in the anti-war movement (again making connections to the world beyond the classroom), ways that the home front during the Vietnam War was unique (allowing students to engage in ethical valuing and to make connections to the world beyond the classroom), and how the American government was influenced by the Vietnam War (integrating topics in government).
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Through researching with their partner, writing a research paper, and presenting on their findings, students will gain a thorough understanding of the significance of the changing roles of media in political communication and the effects those different types of media have on the public.
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Students will learn about persuasive techniques used in political advertisements. Then they will create and present their own political TV ad to demonstrate their understanding.
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Social Studies Curriculum: At the conclusion of the lesson students will: (1)Explain the impact Presidential Debates have had on the electoral process and defend their answers with specific historical examples; (2) Summarize major aspects of historical Presidential Debates; (3) Analyze major aspects of historical Presidential Debates; (4) Identify and classify political issues; and (5) Take and defend a political position. Language Arts Curriculum: Students will explore in depth some of the issues that will be featured during the presidential and vice-presidential debates and develop a summary document of the candidates' stand on the issues. They will use this information to evaluate the candidates' performance during the presidential and vice-presidential debates.
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