To learn about the two-party system, party membership, and party organization in the United States.
1 class period
The lesson includes two fun contests for the kids.
You can begin by going over the directions for the activity with the class. Then, give students time to read descriptions 1-8 in sections entitled Party Systems and Party Membership in the United States. Have the kids underline or highlight the most important words, names, terms, and ideas as they are reading the information.
After they read descriptions 1-8, give each class member a copy of page 36C, which includes the Contest 1 form. Go over the directions for Contest 1, set a time limit, and have the students begin. Using information from descriptions 1-8, students must try fill in as many missing words on the contest form as possible. There are 20 questions in total. Correct answers are worth either 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 points. A perfect score is 100.
The lesson continues in the same way with students reading descriptions 9-17 in a section entitled Party Organization in the United States and then doing Contest 2.
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.