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.

Length

90 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.1

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

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.2

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.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.4

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.

Vocabulary

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

Materials

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.

Activities

Political Affiliation

Materials: Copies of lesson, vocabulary word cards

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