Ch 10: Political Parties & Lawmaking: Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Political Parties and Lawmaking chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the origins and influence of political parties 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 Political Parties and Lawmaking 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.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Fundamentals of political parties;
National parties
Definition, function, organization and mobilization methods;
How U.S. political parties are organized, the nominating process, national chairs and committees
Tuesday How parties contribute to the democratic processThe influence of party politics on government, how parties impact American voting habits
Wednesday History of U.S. political parties before the Civil War;
History of U.S. political parties after the Civil War
Origin of the two-party system, the Whigs, Federalists, Democratic-Republicans;
How views on slavery led to the creation of the Republican party, the Democrats and Republican parties over the last century
Thursday Political parties and interest groups;
Congress
How parties and interest groups are connected, lobbying, campaign financing;
Structure and duties of Congress, powers of the House and Senate
Friday How a bill becomes a law;
Current laws that impact business
Process by which Congress passes a bill;
Overview and examples of laws that regulate business

7 Lessons in Chapter 10: Political Parties & Lawmaking: Lesson Plans
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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.

The Relationship Between Political Parties & Interest Groups

5. 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.

What is Congress? - Definition, Powers & Structure

6. What is Congress? - Definition, Powers & Structure

In this lesson, we will review what the United States Congress is. We will take a closer look at the makeup of Congress, what its powers are and what it represents.

How a Bill Becomes a Law: Formal Process

7. How a Bill Becomes a Law: Formal Process

In this lesson, we will review the process of how a bill becomes a law. We will take a closer look at what steps have to be taken, how a bill is changed and how it is signed into law.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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