Student Review Reading for SS.7.C.2.8
Identify America's current political parties, and illustrate their ideas about government.
Students will compare current political parties’ ideas about government.
Students will evaluate the impact political parties have on society, government, or the political system.
1. Identify the two major political parties of the United States and compare their ideas about government. 2. In his Farewell Address, President George Washington warned Americans against political parties:
“I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the State...Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally.
- President George Washington, Farewell Address, September 19, 1796
Imagine you have the opportunity to explain to President Washington the positive effects of political parties. Using what you have learned during this lesson and using specific examples gathered during your research, write an argument explaining the impact of political parties on society, government or the political system. Convince Washington by citing specific examples and evidence to support your argument.