Q4 – Week 1

Unit of Study

Unit 8 – Political Parties, Elections, and Public Opinion

Unit Curriculum Standards

Unit Benchmarks

 

Conduct a mock election to demonstrate the voting process and its impact on a school, community, or local level. (Bush v. Gore, 2000)

SS.7.C.2.7

 

***Identify America’s current political parties, and illustrate their ideas about government.

SS.7.C.2.8

 

***Evaluate candidates for political office by analyzing their qualifications, experience, issue-based platforms, debates, and political ads.

SS.7.C.2.9

 

**Examine the impact of media, individuals, and interest groups on monitoring and influencing government.

SS.7.C.2.10

 

**Analyze media and political communications (bias, symbolism, propaganda).

SS.7.C.2.11

 

**Examine multiple perspectives on public and current issues.

SS.7.C.2.13

 

Unit Summative Assessments

·         Unit Summative Exam

·         District Assessment

Unit Vocabulary

 

Ballot

Caucus

Closed primary

Open primary

Mass media

National convention

Platform

Political machine

Polling place

Precinct

Referendum

Third party

Two-party system

Voter turnout

Electoral College

Popular vote

Public opinion poll

Winner-take-all system

Communist Party

Democratic Party

Libertarian Party

Lobbying

Lobbyist

Political Action Committee

Propaganda

Republican Party

Socialist Party

Special Interest

Watchdog

 

           

Daily Lesson Plans

Benchmark(s)

SS.7.C.2.8

SS.7.C.2.13

SS.7.C.2.8

SS.7.C.2.13

SS.7.C.2.8

SS.7.C.2.13

Objective

Students will learn about the major political parties within the United Stated of America.

Students will learn about the major political parties within the United Stated of America.

Students will learn about the major political parties within the United Stated of America.