I'm excited to release an updated version of my party platforms assignment, featuring the platforms that were adopted during the 2016 election year! My previous assignment of excerpts from the 2012 political party platforms (this is a free download
if you want to sample it) was a big hit, and the 2016 election produced new documents for me to use!
Students are provided with excerpts from the platforms adopted at the national conventions of the Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, and Green Parties. They are also given a worksheet (adaptable by the instructor for group-work, whole-class discussion, individual work, etc) to compare and contrast the viewpoints of the parties and provides an opportunity for students to examine their own views. As a bonus for the 2016 platforms, I've included a second worksheet with a format optimized for using in Google Classroom. Use whichever version suits your needs!
I spent HOURS going through the party platforms to cut them down to a size that would be accessible to students. There is plenty of material to work with here, too! I usually assign this kind of thing in one fell swoop, but I think I may split it up into smaller chunks to keep the students' interest. Each category will provide information for fruitful discussions and debates.
Categories from the platforms include:
Sexual Orientation and Gender Issues
It's a great way to engage Civics and Government students and to get them to look at the parties for themselves (rather than trusting sound bites from others).
If you're looking for more 2016 Election resources, check out the Bingo game I made for the Presidential Debates at the following link:
Keywords: US Government; APGOV; AP Government; Civics; US History; Election; President; Campaigns; Political Parties; 2016 Election; Debate; Discussion; DBQs