To point out the similarities and differences between the Democratic and Republican parties.
1 class period
After giving each student a copy of pages 38A and 38B only, class members begin by reading through a list of similarities between Democrats and Republicans. They are then given another 10 minutes to study some of the major differences between Democrats and Republicans.
Next, everyone passes their papers forward and a contest sheet (page 38C) is handed out. As students read through statements 1-9 in Contest 1, they must fill in the name of the party they think is being described –– Democrats or Republicans. After completing Contest 1, I have my kids exchange papers to determine which students have the most correct answers. Contest 2 continues in the same way.
Following the contests, all lesson pages can be handed back to the class.
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.