To understand the purpose of interest groups and the influence they have on American government.
1 class period
Students begin this lesson by reading an overview of what interest groups are and what they seek to do. I have the kids underline or highlight what they think are the most important words, terms, and ideas. This is followed by two Thought Questions to help develop critical thinking skills.
Next, class members participate in a fun contest that involves matching influential interest groups with the reasons why they were established.
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.