Political Socialization Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about political socialization. Students will answer questions about a text and describe how an individual's political beliefs are formed.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson on political socialization, students will be able to:

  • Cite textual evidence when answering questions about the text.
  • Summarize the process of political socialization.
  • Use content-specific vocabulary when discussing politics.


90 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.


  • conservative
  • customs
  • equality
  • immigration
  • issues
  • liberal
  • liberty
  • mass media
  • party affiliation
  • patriotism
  • politics
  • register
  • socialization
  • socioeconomic status
  • traditions
  • values


Video & Discussion Questions

  • Pre-teach vocabulary words to students.
  • Watch What is Political Socialization? as a class, and discuss the following questions:
    • What is political socialization?
    • What are some things that influence a person's political socialization?
    • What is party affiliation?
    • How do families unknowingly socialize their children towards a particular political belief?
    • How does socioeconomic status influence political views?
    • How do education and occupation influence political views?
    • Turn and talk: What are some recent world events that have influenced your political views?
    • Turn and talk: What are some personal experiences that have influenced your political views?
    • Think about your career goals. How do politics influence that career?
    • How might religion influence a person's political views?
    • Explain the effect the media has on the political views of its audience.
    • Why might it be important to get news from various sites?
  • Pass out the printable worksheet. Have students complete the questions independently; then check the answers together as a class.


Political Affiliation

Materials: Copies of lesson, vocabulary word cards

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