Political Parties, Day 2- 10/04/11Presentation Transcript
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Day 2! Political Parties
Are political parties more helpful or hurtful to the American political system? Explain your position.
Do-Now + Announcements
Introduction to lesson
Review of yesterday
Discussion & HW
Today- Them political parties again!!
“ Red Hot or Cool as Ice”?
CNN news article + questions
Comparing, contrasting, and coloring!
What did we talk about yesterday?
What does “gun control” mean?
What does “liberal” or “conservative” mean?
Take out your homework
Functions of Political Parties
Red Hot or Cool as Ice?
Decide whether or not you think the description of a person means he/she is a Republican (Red Hot) or Democrat (Cool as Ice).
John Collins, Ph.D., is a professor of history at the University of Virginia. He watches the news every night and gets sad when he hears politicians spending more money on defense. He thinks that you don’t need to spend a lot of money on defense because peace and love always win.
Do you think Professor Collins is Red Hot or Cool as Ice ?
Is MOST LIKELY a Democrat
“ Ph.D.” = higher education
Wants less spending on defense
Jason Figgs is a 45 year-old family man- a wife, 3 kids, and 2 dogs. He works at a law firm in Washington, D.C. lives in the suburbs of the city. He’s pretty upset with the recent tax increases for the wealthy- he’s worked so hard, and now the govt is just going to take his money away from him!
Do you think Mr. Figgs is Red Hot or Cool as Ice ?
Is MOST LIKELY a Republican
Lives in Suburbs
Lawyer= most likely higher income
Lucius Hall is from a small town in Georgia. He owns his car dealership, the only within 50 miles of his town. He recently got upset because his daughter, Meg, was told she could no longer pray in school. Lucius doesn’t understand why she can’t- she wasn’t trying to force other students to pray with her!
Do you think Lucius is Red Hot or Cool as Ice ?
Is MOST LIKELY a Republican
In favor of prayer in school
Kelly lives in New York City and works as a yoga/pilates instructor. In her free time, she likes to go to travel around the country and protest whenever an inmate is about to receive the death sentence.
Do you think Kelly is Red Hot or Cool as Ice ?
Is MOST LIKELY a Democrat.
Lives in a city
Against the death penalty
Analyzing Current Issues
What is President Obama trying to do?
Who is against President Obama?
Why are they against him?
Describe the checks and balances that is taking place.
What are the consequences of this division between Democrats and Republicans?