Goes with "Civics Election Unit Plan"
Have students look at the political parties: Republican, Democrat, Communist, Socialist, and Libertarian in regards to taxation, education, immigration, guns, environment and energy.
Pairs with the Platform Readings available in this store (or you could make your own. Or you could make a webquest with the links to the party pages - just remind the students to watch out for propaganda. Also, the third party political party sites are a higher level of reading for many students, in my opinion).