To understand the role of political parties in selecting candidates, organizing the government, providing political opposition, and funding election campaigns.
1 class period
This lesson begins by reading with the class introductory paragraphs which summarize the functions of political parties.
The class is then divided into two teams that will play four short games, each of which contains five questions valued at 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 points. (See thumbnails above for visual.)
Beginning with the first game -- which is titled SELECTING CANDIDATES -- a person from Team 1 is asked to pick a category and point value from the game board. For example, someone might choose “SELECTING CANDIDATES for 20.” That person then reads the paragraph and tries to identify the missing word or name. The number of letters in the answer is given in parentheses as a clue. If a correct answer is given, the team scores 20 points. If a wrong answer is given, the question can be chosen again later in the game. Play continues with Team 2 taking its turn. Have the kids fill in correct answers as they are given during the game. The same person cannot answer twice in a row for their team.
The lesson continues in the same way with games 2-4.
Game 1: SELECTING CANDIDATES
Game 2: ORGANIZING THE GOVERNMENT
Game 3: PROVIDING OPPOSITION
Game 4: CAMPAIGN FUNDING
During the games, on any questions that both teams may have difficulty answering, you can give letter clues--such as the first or second letters of the answer.
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.