What You Need to Know:

SS.C.2.8: Identify America’s current political parties, and illustrate their ideas about government.

More info on the benchmark with vocab.
More info on the benchmark 2 with vocab.

Block 1:

Use the videos to answer the following questions:

What is a political party?

What is the main purpose of a political party?

What is a party platform?

What is a Plank?

Block 2:

We need to learn a bit about the Republican and Democratic parties. Please use the resources in this block to learn the differences between Democrats and Republicans.

Questions on the Democrats and Republicans
Info on the Democrats and Republicans

Block 3:

Now we need to learn about third parties and why they are important. In your journal answer the following questions:

What is a third party?

Why are third parties important even though they never win major elections?

Web link that explains Third Parties
Green Party Platform
Libertarian Party Platform