Are your students not very politically engaged? Do they have simplistic or inaccurate notions about what the terms "liberal" and "conservative" mean in today's politics? This lesson is an effort to address that situation.
Students first classify viewpoint statements as liberal or conservative. They then take a 20-question ideology survey, and you plot each student's results to show the ideological makeup of your class (liberal, conservative, libertarian, and populist). Students get a conceptual way to think about these four categories, in terms of which type of issues voters want the government to involve itself with.