Ch 12: The History & Role of Political Parties Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The History and Role of Political Parties chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the structure and function of American 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 History and Role of Political Parties 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 Political parties
National parties
Definition, roles, function, organization of political parties in the U.S.;
How the major political parties in the U.S. are organized and operate through national committees and the national convention
Tuesday History of political parties before the Civil War
History of political parties after the war
The origins of the two-party system, formation of the Republican party as a response to slavery, political parties in the current era
Wednesday Two-party and multi-party systems
Third parties
How the American two-party system contrasts with the multi-party systems of other countries, pros and cons of each system;
A look at minor, or third, parties in the U.S. and the role they have played
ThursdayPolitical parties and interest groups
America's political parties today
How interest groups influence the actions of political parties;
What is the current state of political parties in the U.S., demographics, realignment, tipping
Friday Electoral and party systems
Ideological parties
Role of political parties in the electoral system
Definition of ideological and non-ideological party structures in the U.S., with examples

9 Lessons in Chapter 12: The History & Role of Political Parties Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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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