Political Parties Today


Civics Citizen Participation and Government Political Parties Today
Students are introduced to the current political parties in the United States. They learn about the key differences between Democrats and Republicans, particularly how they view government and specific issues. Students compare and contrast the two parties. Then they consider the value of the two-party system and make an argument for their view on the subject.

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Overview

In this experience, students are introduced to the current political parties in the United States. They learn about the key differences between Democrats and Republicans, particularly how they view government and specific issues. Then they use a map of voting trends to learn about red, blue, and swing states. Finally, they explain the use of the national flag as a symbol of patriotism.

This experience is best completed in conjunction with History of Political Parties.

Objectives

  • Identify and compare and contrast America’s current political parties.
  • Explain each of the major party’s beliefs about government.
  • Analyze the U.S. flag as a symbol of patriotism.


As of April 2016, there were at least 28 different political parties in the United States. In this experience you will learn more about some of these parties, their beliefs, and their values.

Objectives

  • Identify and compare and contrast America’s current political parties.
  • Explain each of the major party’s beliefs about government.
  • Analyze the U.S. flag as a symbol of patriotism.




Name as many U.S. political parties as you can. To list more than one, separate them with a comma, like this: Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton.

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Discuss student observations on the cloud.


Most of the political parties in the United States are small and have few elected officials. Instead, the United States has two main political parties. 


What are the two dominant political parties in the U.S. today?

A) Libertarian
B) Green
C) Constitution
D) Republican
E) Working Families
F) Democratic

Be sure that students understand that the two primary parties are Republican and Democratic. Point out that all six of the options above are active political parties today. 


Write what you know about the two major parties. Then write something you would like to learn about both parties.



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