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Ch 58: MTEL History: U.S. Political Parties

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We can help you learn the important highlights about US political parties as you prepare for the MTEL History Exam. The video lessons and self-assessment quizzes present the materials in ways that facilitate your ability to answer the test questions.

MTEL History: US Political Parties - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter can help you develop strategies for learning about the US Political Parties in preparation for the MTEL History Exam. Video lessons and self-assessment quizzes combine to help you learn what you need to know to correctly answer the questions. The chapter includes these topics:

  • The national parties
  • History of political parties in the United States
  • Two-party and multi-party systems
  • Minor parties
  • Political parties and interest groups
  • Contemporary US political parties
  • Electoral and party systems

Our experienced instructors show you the fundamentals of US political parties. Effectively use what you discover as you prepare for the test. Having both video lessons and self-assessment quizzes means you learn the material through diverse approaches that enhance your comprehension.

Objectives of the MTEL History: US Political Parties Chapter

The MTEL History Exam is a comprehensive exam that tests your knowledge of all history subjects. You are required to pass the exam to be licensed as a teacher in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Geography, Government and Economics Objective of the test accounts for 25% of the test score, and this is where you'll find questions related to this chapter's topics. The self-assessment quizzes give you practice answering this type of question while at the same time testing your mastery of the material.

There are multiple-choice and open-response questions on the test, so you'll have the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge in several ways. With the multiple-choice questions, you need to pick the correct answer from a group of alternatives. For the open-response questions, you must construct well-organized, logical essays on historic topics that show your ability to integrate knowledge from diverse areas of history.

9 Lessons in Chapter 58: MTEL History: U.S. Political Parties
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Political Party: Definition, Function, Organization & Mobilization

1. Political Party: Definition, Function, Organization & Mobilization

The following lesson will introduce you to the concept of political parties in the United States government. A short quiz will follow to check your understanding.

The National Parties: Organization & Structure

2. The National Parties: Organization & Structure

The following lesson will cover the structure and organization of the Democratic and Republican parties at the national level. A short quiz will follow to check your understanding.

History of Political Parties in the United States (Pre-Civil War)

3. History of Political Parties in the United States (Pre-Civil War)

The following lesson will discuss the history and evolution of the two-party system in the United States. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.

History of Political Parties in the United States (Post-Civil War)

4. History of Political Parties in the United States (Post-Civil War)

The following lesson will continue to cover the history of political parties, this time, the history that occurred after the Civil War. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.

Two-Party & Multi-Party Systems: Similarities & Differences

5. Two-Party & Multi-Party Systems: Similarities & Differences

The following lesson will cover the similarities and differences between the two-party and multi-party systems of government. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.

Minor (Third) Parties: Definition, Role & Examples

6. Minor (Third) Parties: Definition, Role & Examples

The following lesson will introduce the concept of third parties, as well as explain their role in the national political party system. A short quiz will follow to check your understanding.

The Relationship Between Political Parties & Interest Groups

7. The Relationship Between Political Parties & Interest Groups

The following lesson will cover the similarities and differences between political parties and interest groups. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.

The Current State of Contemporary United States Political Parties

8. The Current State of Contemporary United States Political Parties

The following lesson will cover the current state of the two major political parties in the United States and the mechanisms that cause political change. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.

Electoral and Party Systems: Definition & Role

9. Electoral and Party Systems: Definition & Role

The following lesson will define and explain the role of the United States' electoral system and how it affects the shape of our party system. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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