Political Parties


In our Political Parties lesson plan, students learn about major and minor political parties in the United States. Students participate in an activity in which they create their own political party and discuss the similarities and differences between existing parties in the U.S.


Our Political Parties lesson plan introduces the students to both major and minor political parties in the United States, including characteristics of each. Most students may be aware of the two major parties, Republican and Democrat, but the other parties will be new to many of the students. During this lesson, students are asked to work with a group to create their own political party, including a name, symbol, mission statement, and stance on a number of issues; they will then present it to the class, sharpening their public speaking and presentation skills. Students are also asked to decide if given information applies to the Democrats or Republicans.

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to identify, define, and list characteristics of political parties in the United States.

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4

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Cedric P.
Political Parties

It was very interesting and help with my lesson plan for my social studies class

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