To understand the role played by third parties in American politics.
1 class period
Students begin this activity by reading several paragraphs which summarize the involvement of third parties in American politics. As they do so, have the kids underline or highlight the most important words, names, terms, and ideas.
Next, class members read about some of the most notable third parties in American political history.
• Liberty Party
• Free Soil Party
• American Party, or Know-Nothing Party
• Prohibition Party
• Greenback Party
• Populist Party, or People’s Party
• Progressive Party, or Bull Moose Party
• American Independent Party
Within the reading, students must fill in missing words, names, and terms in order to complete sentences in each paragraph. A list of answers to choose from is provided.
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.