Questions to think about? Have you ever heard of a Political Party? What do you know? What do you want to learn?
Political Parties and Government Think about the color activity we just did? Why did the class divide? This is exactly what George Washington wanted to avoid when he became the 1 st President of the United States Division among the people. George Washington was NOT affiliated or apart of any political party.
What does it mean to identify with a political party? Why do people join political parties? Gender ( Male/Female ) Social Class ( poverty, working class, middle class, wealthy ) Religion ( Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, etc.) Race ( White, African-American, Asian, American- Indian, Native Hawaiian-Pacifica Islander, etc.) Region ( Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Great Lakes, Pacific Northwest, etc.)
What is Government? decisions made by our representatives which affect us groups of people with common ideas who want government to do things certain ways common opinions form groups that elects leaders who best promote those ideas.
In the beginning…….. People were basically divided into two groups on the issue of the newly written Constitution: The Federalists and the Anti- Federalists. The Federalists and Anti- Federalists were the beginnings of the first two political parties. Would you support the Federalists or the Anti- Federalists? Explain why. Imagine that you were living in 1787 – no computers, TVs, radios, etc. What would you do to persuade others to support you if you were a Federalists or an Anti-Federalists?
Students will complete the chart and glue it inside their journals. FederalistsAnti-Federalists Supported the ratification of the Constitution Against the ratification of the Constitution Wanted the 13 states to have limited powers Wanted the 13 states to be powerful & wanted more local control of government Individual rights were not necessary because the Constitution had three branches of government that would protect those rights Wanted people to have more rights that were not in the Constitution A large republic would be the best protection for individual freedoms Only a small republic could protect rights Supported by large farmers, merchants, artisans Supported by small farmers, often from rural areas
Issues: (Grades 1-3) What are the best things about your school? What are the biggest problems for your school? Come up with solutions on how to solve those problems. Record your information in your journals.
Issues: (Grades 4-5) What are the issues that bind its members? What are the best things in America? What are the biggest problems in America? Issues: Education Immigration Reform Environment National Security
Activity 2: Have you ever wondered? How many past United States Presidents belonged to the Democratic party? Republican party? Use the president list and tally each. Grades 1-3 will create a bar graph Grades 4-5 will create a pie graph(%)
What are political parties? What political party do these animals represent?
What do you know about a donkey? Characteristics: herd animals have an incredible memory stronger than a horse of the same size more independent in their thinking reputation for stubbornness
What do you know about a elephant? Characteristics: well-known for their intelligence, close family ties and social complexity remember for years strong individual personalities cooperative behavior within families
Research 3 Political Parties (Grades 4-5) Constitution Party Green Party Libertarian Party America First Party American Party Boston Tea Party http://www.politics1.com/parties.htm Students will use a Tree map to gather information.
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