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It's important for young people to be engaged in the political process and understand the various parties and what they stand for. This editable worksheet requires students to research the leadership, history, and beliefs of three political parties. It is designed for Canada, but could easily be edited for American content.
For beliefs, students need to consider the following typologies: Economics, Culture, Politics and Geography.
This assignment would be part of a unit on the political spectrum, government, or political philosophy, or current events if an election is coming up.
Students will need access to computers for the research, either at school or at home. Bonus marks or an extension of the assignment would be for students to actually contact a local representative, or bring one into your class as a guest speaker. What works really well is to combine this with an assignment like "Where are you on the political spectrum" and then have a mock election to see what kind of government your class would elect.