Notebook Check Quiz <ul><li>After WSMS, you will have a notebook check quiz, so make sure you have everything organized. <...
Notebook Check Quiz <ul><li>Once you have finished the notebook check quiz, please work on the pre-test for the next unit....
<ul><li>NEW UNIT </li></ul>Elections & Political Parties
Unit Topics <ul><li>Today: Political Parties </li></ul><ul><li>Tomorrow: Campaign financing </li></ul><ul><li>Bias in camp...
UNIT 4: ELECTIONS & POLITICAL PARTIES Political Parties
<ul><li>ARE POLITICAL PARTIES MORE HELPFUL OR HURTFUL TO THE AMERICAN POLITICAL SYSTEM? EXPLAIN YOUR POSITION. </li></ul>T...
Today’s Agenda <ul><li>Notebook quiz check </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-test </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction to unit & lesson </li...
Question: <ul><li>If you were to register for a political party today, which one would you pick? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dem...
POLITICAL ISSUES SPECTRUM Extremely Liberal Liberal Moderate Conservative Extremely Conservative 20 0 40 60 80 100
Today’s Vocabulary <ul><li>Political party : organization of citizens who have similar views of issues & who work to put t...
Today’s Vocabulary <ul><li>Democrat : 1 of the 2 major political parties in the U.S. who GENERALLY believe in a larger nat...
<ul><li>POLITICAL PARTIES </li></ul>Notes
The History of American Political Parties <ul><li>Nation’s leaders began to divide in the 1790s </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stro...
History of American Political Parties <ul><li>Democratic Party began in the 1820s </li></ul><ul><li>Republican Party began...
Functions of Political Parties <ul><li>Recruit and  nominate candidates </li></ul><ul><li>Educate the electorate (voters) ...
Similarities Between Parties <ul><li>Organize to win elections </li></ul><ul><li>Influence public policies </li></ul><ul><...
Differences Between Parties <ul><li>Stated in their party platform. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples:  </li></ul></ul><ul><u...
<ul><li>Republicans  </li></ul><ul><li>Democrats </li></ul><ul><li>Smaller federal govt </li></ul><ul><li>Against gun cont...
Third Parties <ul><li>A 2-party system characterizes the American political system. </li></ul><ul><li>However, third parti...
<ul><li>WE’RE TALKIN’ POLITICAL PARTIES, SO WHERE’S ALL THE DANCING?! </li></ul>Political Party Challenge!
Political Party Challenge <ul><li>Individually or with your partner, you must come up with dance move that symbolizes some...
<ul><li>SCENARIOS </li></ul>Functions of Political Parties
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  • So for this unit, we can use some of what we learned in the previous unit to understand where political parties came from. Does anyone know of any political groups that were forming at the end of the 1700s? Some of your Facebook people were involved in these divisions. Does anyone know what they were fighting over or how they thought differently from each other? So at first there were Anti-Federalists and Federalists, and then with Thomas Jefferson the Anti-Federalists became the Democratic-Republicans.
  • The Federalist Party went away after a few years, but Jefferson’s party continued. His party became known simply as the Democratic Party in the 1820s. Does anyone recognize this picture? This man is thought to be the first Democrat elected President. There was another party for a while known as the Whigs, but they eventually disappeared, and the Republican Party emerged in the 1850s. Since the 1850s, the Republican Party and the Democratic Party have been the two major political parties. BUT, their views and their stances on issues have changed over time, so don’t think that Abraham Lincoln, a Republican, held beliefs exactly like George W. Bush. They faced very different situations.
  • So political parties have been around for a very long time, they technically could be viewed as an American tradition. So if they’ve been important enough to stick around for 200 years, what do they actually do that makes them worth having? For one, they allow people with similar ideas to get things done. Does anybody have any ideas based on what they already know about political parties? They recruit and nominate candidates- they have national conventions every year where they formally nominate candidates for President. They educate the electorate about campaign issues- you can go to the Republican website and read a ton about what their stances are on everything. They help candidates win elections- members of a political party will support one another. It is common for the President to attend a rally for a fellow Democrat. Finally, they help monitor actions of officeholders. Whenever there is a scandal or instance of corruption, the opposite part is all over the news reporting what happened.
  • So all parties do some of the same things and have some of the same characteristics. They all want to win elections. They want to win elections so that they can influence public policies. They don’t just have liberal or conservative views, they sometimes change ends of the spectrum on certain issues. And because they want to win the most votes, they appeal to the political center where most of the voters are.
  • So the differences in opinions on issues between parties are numerous. They are stated in the party platform.
  • Political Parties, Day 1- 10/03/11

    1. 1. Notebook Check Quiz <ul><li>After WSMS, you will have a notebook check quiz, so make sure you have everything organized. </li></ul>
    2. 2. Notebook Check Quiz <ul><li>Once you have finished the notebook check quiz, please work on the pre-test for the next unit. </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-test will be #1 in your notebook. </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>NEW UNIT </li></ul>Elections & Political Parties
    4. 4. Unit Topics <ul><li>Today: Political Parties </li></ul><ul><li>Tomorrow: Campaign financing </li></ul><ul><li>Bias in campaigns & the media </li></ul><ul><li>Voter qualifications </li></ul><ul><li>Electoral College </li></ul><ul><li>Test around next Wednesday </li></ul>
    5. 5. UNIT 4: ELECTIONS & POLITICAL PARTIES Political Parties
    6. 6. <ul><li>ARE POLITICAL PARTIES MORE HELPFUL OR HURTFUL TO THE AMERICAN POLITICAL SYSTEM? EXPLAIN YOUR POSITION. </li></ul>Take-Home Point
    7. 7. Today’s Agenda <ul><li>Notebook quiz check </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-test </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction to unit & lesson </li></ul><ul><li>Political parties </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Activity & quiz </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vocabulary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lecture + notes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Take-home point </li></ul>
    8. 8. Question: <ul><li>If you were to register for a political party today, which one would you pick? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Democrat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Republican </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Independent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Third Party (Green, Libertarian, other) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What are some of the reasons for your choice? </li></ul>
    9. 9. POLITICAL ISSUES SPECTRUM Extremely Liberal Liberal Moderate Conservative Extremely Conservative 20 0 40 60 80 100
    10. 10. Today’s Vocabulary <ul><li>Political party : organization of citizens who have similar views of issues & who work to put their ideas into effect through govt action </li></ul><ul><li>Political ideology : a basic set of political beliefs about the roles of govt and the individual in society </li></ul><ul><li>Two-party system : a political system with 2 strong political parties </li></ul><ul><li>Platform : the beliefs of a political party </li></ul>
    11. 11. Today’s Vocabulary <ul><li>Democrat : 1 of the 2 major political parties in the U.S. who GENERALLY believe in a larger nat’l govt with more programs to help people </li></ul><ul><li>Republican : 1 of the 2 major political parties in the U.S. who GENERALLY believe in a smaller nat’l govt and more state rights </li></ul><ul><li>Third Party : a minor political party in a 2-party system </li></ul>
    12. 12. <ul><li>POLITICAL PARTIES </li></ul>Notes
    13. 13. The History of American Political Parties <ul><li>Nation’s leaders began to divide in the 1790s </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strong national govt v. weaker national govt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Federalists v. Democratic-Republicans </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. History of American Political Parties <ul><li>Democratic Party began in the 1820s </li></ul><ul><li>Republican Party began in the 1850s </li></ul><ul><li>These are the 2 main parties today, but trends and beliefs changed over time </li></ul>
    15. 15. Functions of Political Parties <ul><li>Recruit and nominate candidates </li></ul><ul><li>Educate the electorate (voters) about campaign issues </li></ul><ul><li>Help candidates win elections </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor actions of officeholders </li></ul>
    16. 16. Similarities Between Parties <ul><li>Organize to win elections </li></ul><ul><li>Influence public policies </li></ul><ul><li>Reflect both liberal and conservative views </li></ul><ul><li>Define themselves in a way that wins majority support by appealing to the political center </li></ul>
    17. 17. Differences Between Parties <ul><li>Stated in their party platform. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Views on taxes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Views on marriage </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Views on healthcare </li></ul></ul></ul>
    18. 18. <ul><li>Republicans </li></ul><ul><li>Democrats </li></ul><ul><li>Smaller federal govt </li></ul><ul><li>Against gun control </li></ul><ul><li>Lower taxes </li></ul><ul><li>Spend more money on defense </li></ul><ul><li>Larger federal govt to help minorities </li></ul><ul><li>Favor fun control </li></ul><ul><li>Higher taxes for supportive programs </li></ul><ul><li>Spend less money on defense </li></ul>Differences Between Parties
    19. 19. Third Parties <ul><li>A 2-party system characterizes the American political system. </li></ul><ul><li>However, third parties do exist. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They rarely win but play an important role in politics. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Third parties often introduce new ideas or press for a particular issue. </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes they revolve around a political personality </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: Theodore Roosevelt & the Progressive Party </li></ul></ul>
    20. 20. <ul><li>WE’RE TALKIN’ POLITICAL PARTIES, SO WHERE’S ALL THE DANCING?! </li></ul>Political Party Challenge!
    21. 21. Political Party Challenge <ul><li>Individually or with your partner, you must come up with dance move that symbolizes something we just learned in our notes. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: Watch Ms. Mitchem. </li></ul></ul>
    22. 22. <ul><li>SCENARIOS </li></ul>Functions of Political Parties
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