To study the development of political parties by focusing on the election campaign of 1800.
1 and 1/2 class periods
Give each student a copy of pages 55A - 55D.
Read with the class the background information in the sections entitled The First Parties Are Organized and Election Campaign of 1800. Then have the students read about the Federalist Party and the Democratic-Republican Party on the chart. Assign the 20 Chart Questions that require class members to decide which political party is being described.
Read with the class the section Speeches, Signs, and Campaign Buttons. Divide the class 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, 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 55C. 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.