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Ch 13: Interest Groups in Politics Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Interest Groups in Politics chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach interest group strategies and influences in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Interest Groups in Politics 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 History of interest groups Examples of early interest groups, including pro-independence groups responsible for the Boston Tea Party and the First Continental Congress
Tuesday Types of interest groups Objectives of public and private interest groups; characteristics of economic, public and foreign government interest groups
Wednesday Interest group development and maintenance Disturbance theory, entrepreneurial theory, the free rider problem and the uses of incentives to maintain membership
Thursday Interest group strategies Direct and indirect interest group strategies, including lobbying, campaign assistance, public protests and boycotts
Friday Political theories on interest groups The uses of pluralist theory, elitist theory and hyperpluralist theory to explain the influence of interest groups on the political process

6 Lessons in Chapter 13: Interest Groups in Politics Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Boston Tea Party, Intolerable Acts & First Continental Congress

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.

What Are Interest Groups in the United States? - History & Types

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.

Public vs. Private Interest Groups

3. Public vs. Private Interest Groups

This lesson will explain the differences between private and public interest groups. In doing so, it will highlight the goals of each as well as the concepts of big business and lobbying.

Development & Maintenance of Interest Groups

4. 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.

Strategies & Influence of Interest Groups on American Politics

5. 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.

Pluralist View of Interest Groups on American Politics

6. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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