Ch 1: Political Ideologies Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

If you need to teach a unit on political ideologies, use this teacher resource chapter to plan and supplement your lessons. These simple lesson plan outlines and topical lessons are accessible at any time that's convenient for you.

Political Ideologies Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

This social studies teacher resource chapter provides convenient lesson plan outlines on several political ideologies. Consult these outlines at any time to craft informative and engaging lessons on:

  • The political spectrum
  • Democracy
  • Totalitarianism
  • Fascism
  • Isolationism
  • Anarchy

In addition to the lesson planning resources, the chapter includes topical lessons that go into more detail about these particular ideologies. You can show these lessons to your class before a lecture, or you can use them to start a class discussion about a specific political ideology. The lessons also come with quizzes that you can use to evaluate your students' knowledge.

How It Helps

  • Lesson planning: Provides political ideology lesson plan outlines that are designed to make your curriculum planning process easier.
  • Additional resources: Offers supplemental lessons that go into more detail about the political ideologies you talk about in class.
  • Student comprehension: Helps you cover political ideology topics in a way that's easy for students to understand and remember.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan resources with relevant tools to make planning political ideology lessons easy.

  • Use lesson plan outlines for specific political ideologies you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your social studies class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related political ideology lessons with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important political ideology concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant political ideology activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

17 Lessons in Chapter 1: Political Ideologies Lesson Plans
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Types of Ideologies Along The Political Spectrum

1. Types of Ideologies Along The Political Spectrum

There are several different ideologies represented along the political spectrum. Political ideologies range from the extreme left-wing to the extreme right-wing. This lesson explains five political ideologies.

Democracy Lesson Plan

2. Democracy Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to introduce your students to democracy. Students will watch a video lesson, discuss variations of democracy, and take part in a real-world democracy activity.

What Is Democracy? - Definition & Explanation

3. What Is Democracy? - Definition & Explanation

In this lesson, you will learn about democracy and explore the differences between the democracy of the Ancient Greeks and the democracy of modern America and the United Kingdom.

Democracy Lesson Plan for Elementary School

4. Democracy Lesson Plan for Elementary School

What is a democracy? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to highlight essential points about democracy for students. An activity asks students to show what they learned.

Fascism Lesson Plan

5. Fascism Lesson Plan

Perhaps no other word gets thrown around as much without really knowing what it means as ~'Fascist~'. After this lesson plan from, your students won't be using it without understanding its implications.

Fascism: Characteristics, History & Rise

6. Fascism: Characteristics, History & Rise

In this lesson, we explore the characteristics of the form of government known as fascism, including briefly examining history's best example of fascism: Hitler's Germany.

Totalitarianism Lesson Plan

7. Totalitarianism Lesson Plan

Help your students better understand the terrors of totalitarianism during the 20th century and today with this lesson plan and accompanying video lesson. An activity allows students to further their understanding through hands-on group work.

Totalitarianism: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

8. Totalitarianism: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

Totalitarianism is a form of government control that swept across Europe in the early 20th century. It eventually spread to other parts of the globe but is generally characterized by the major personalities that helped to define totalitarianism. Leaders like Hitler, Stalin, and Mussolini became synonymous with the control they held over their nations and people.

Isolationism Lesson Plan

9. Isolationism Lesson Plan

If you are examining historical political policies, this lesson plan explores an important one, isolationism. Students will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, an activity and take a quiz.

Isolationism: Definition, Policy & Examples

10. Isolationism: Definition, Policy & Examples

Isolationism can be found in many countries' histories, including the United States. There are many motives and methods for steering clear of entangling alliances, both military and commercial, even in a modern and interconnected age.

Anarchy Lesson Plan

11. Anarchy Lesson Plan

If you're discussing anarchy, this lesson plan explores the concept further. Students will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

What is Anarchy? - Definition & Examples

12. What is Anarchy? - Definition & Examples

Learn all about what anarchy is from a political, philosophical, and historical point of view. When you're done take the quiz and see what you learned.

Political Systems & World Politics Activities for High School

13. Political Systems & World Politics Activities for High School

When your high school students are studying political systems and world politics, you have a great opportunity to help them raise their awareness of the world. This lesson offers some relevant activity ideas.

Political Spectrum Lesson Plan

14. Political Spectrum Lesson Plan

Shake up your instruction on the political spectrum with a fun and provocative in class activity. A video lesson prepares students with the essential points related to political ideologies.

Arab-Israeli Conflict Lesson Plan for Middle School

15. Arab-Israeli Conflict Lesson Plan for Middle School

This lesson will provide activities for the middle-school classroom that will provide information about conflict in the Middle East. Students will watch a video lesson, research current events, and create a mock peace treaty to examine the complexities resolving issues.

Propaganda Techniques Activities

16. Propaganda Techniques Activities

Propaganda is used daily by governments and corporations to change the way people think. In these activities, middle and high school students will analyze and create propaganda material.

Electoral Dysfunction Documentary Discussion Questions

17. Electoral Dysfunction Documentary Discussion Questions

'Electoral Dysfunction' is a 2012 comedic documentary by directors David Deschamps, Leslie D. Farrell, and Bennett Singer about the voting process in America. This asset contains classroom discussion questions to accompany this film.

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