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posted May 16, 2013, 5:41 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated May 17, 2013, 4:29 AM ]
Day 70--

Learning Target ImageWhat will I be able to do when I've finished this lesson?How will I  accomplish this task?  How will I show that I have done this?How well will I have to do this?
 I will be able to explain some of the ways political parties have functioned in our nation's history.I will work with 1 or 2 other students to find information about political parties in the US.  I complete an assignment from the textbook.This is a formative assessment; it won't have a direct impact on my course grade, but it will help prepare me for the summative assessment on this unit. 

Yesterday we discussed the role of the two-party system in our government. Today we'll look at how we got that way, and what happens when third or fourth parties try to get in the game. 

Today you may want to work with one or two other students as you learn about the historical trends of our political parties and our history of minor parties. You'll need to open and make a copy of the assignment, but you can complete the assignment any way you want. You can each work through your assignment individually as you help each other with the questions, you could divide the questions and make each group member responsible for completing their share and explaining it to the others, or you could share the document and work individually while you all collect different bits and pieces. Either way, you'll want to work quickly and efficiently, because there's lots to accomplish in class. 

We'll be reviewing your work tomorrow in class, along with tonight's homework assignment

Assignment -- Due tomorrow




4. Organization of Political Parties (5.5)




REMINDER: If you want to retake the State & Local Government test, let Mr. Knowles know when you want to take it; Lunch time or afterschool are the most popular times. 

And, if you want to get a head start on your final written assessment for the class, you could tackle the first part using information we've been talking about in class:

Review yesterday's and today's activities and links to think about parties, and your potential role in one. Then write a paragraph that answers these questions:

  Political parties: Do you think you'll join one? Do you already consider yourself aligned with one? If so, why? If not, why not? How did –or will—you choose a party?