To study the development of political parties by focusing on the election campaign of 1800.
1 and 1/2 class periods
This lesson begins by reading with the class background information in two sections entitled The First Parties Are Organized and Election Campaign of 1800. Students then learn about the Federalist Party and the Democratic-Republican Party by reviewing information on a chart. This is followed by 20 Chart Questions that require class members to decide which political party is being described.
Next, you can read with the class the section entitled Speeches, Signs, and Campaign Buttons. The class is then divided into the Federalist Party and the Democratic-Republican Party. Ask for volunteers from each group to be the campaign manager, vice presidential candidate, and presidential candidate. (Or you may want to let each party choose its own campaign manager and candidates.) Have the two campaign managers and the two vice presidential candidates use encyclopedias to find biographical information about the candidates they will introduce. The two presidential candidates will only need to use the chart that compares the two political parties. Other class members will enjoy designing campaign signs and buttons using a template on page 38D, and should have these ready by the day that you designate for the presentation of the speeches. On that day, have the speakers read their speeches in the order given on page 38C. You can also display the campaign signs and buttons.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.