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Below is a sample breakdown of the Interest Groups and American Democracy chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||The Boston Tea Party and Intolerable Acts||Sons of Liberty, Boston harbor, taxation without representation, Quartering Act, Coercive Acts|
|Tuesday||History and types of interest groups in the United States||Influencing policy makers, lobbyists, social and reform movements, public and economic types|
|Wednesday||Development and maintenance of interest groups||Response to massive change, disturbance theory, entrepreneurial theory, actual and potential groups, collective good|
|Thursday||Strategies and influence of interest groups on American politics||Indirect and direct techniques, rating government officials, public protests|
|Friday||Pluralist view of interest groups on American politics||Competition among groups, elitist theory, pluralism assumptions|
1. The Boston Tea Party, Intolerable Acts & First Continental Congress
Three years of calm followed the Boston Massacre and the repeal of most Townshend duties. But no sooner had Parliament passed a new tax on tea than the colonies were in an uproar again about taxation without representation. What followed were the Boston Tea Party and the fateful last steps leading to war.
2. What Are Interest Groups in the United States? - History & Types
The following lesson will discuss the history and types of interest groups that exist in the American political system. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.
3. Development & Maintenance of Interest Groups
The following lesson will discuss how interest groups are developed and maintained. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.
4. Strategies & Influence of Interest Groups on American Politics
The following lesson will describe the strategies used by interest groups to influence American politics. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.
5. Pluralist View of Interest Groups on American Politics
The following lesson covers the political theories that attempt to assess the perceived benefits of interest groups in American politics. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.
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