Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.
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.
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.
- mass media
- party affiliation
- socioeconomic status
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.
Materials: Copies of lesson, vocabulary word cards
- Pass out vocabulary word cards to students. Some cards will have 2 students assigned to it. Have students develop a definition for the word on their card. Students take turns teaching their word and definition to the class.
- Ask students to stand for their position to the following questions by moving towards the left (liberal), right (conservative), or middle (moderate) of the classroom. Assure students that if they are uncomfortable answering any question, they may return to their seat and write down their answers on a sheet of paper. Discuss expectations in advance out of respect for all opinions.
- How do you think the U.S. should handle illegal immigrants? L) Path to citizenship R) Deportation
- What is your opinion of gun control? L) Stronger background checks are needed. R) All citizens should be able to purchase guns.
- How do you feel about healthcare? L) Access to healthcare is a human right. R) Healthcare should not be regulated by the government.
- Should tax dollars go to private schools? L) Because of separation of church and state, tax dollars should only go to public schools. R) Parents should be able to choose to divert tax money to a private/religious school.
- How do you feel about taxes? L) I am willing to pay more in taxes in exchange for government services, such as schools, roads, and national parks. R) Taxes should be lowered and only used to build a strong national defense.
- For each of these issues (immigration, gun control, healthcare, school choice, and taxes), give students 5 minutes to list the factors that led them to their viewpoint (family, peers, personal experiences, events, media).
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