Party Time! Exploring Political Parties in the United

Party Time! Exploring Political Parties in the United

Party Time! Exploring Political Parties in the United States The Florida Law Related Education Association, Inc. 2015 Benchmarks SS.7.C.2.8 Identify Americas current political parties, and illustrate their ideas about government.

What comes to mind when you see: DEMOCRAT Write down the first three words that come to mind. What comes to mind when you see: REPUBLICAN Write down the first three words that come to mind. IN your group:

Share your list of words for each political party Combine your lists into one master list for all of the terms your group members came up with (do not include duplicates) Questions for Discussion Where have you heard these terms before? What made you think of a particular word in reference to a political party? Two Party System

The United States has what is known as a two-party system. What does that mean? This is a form of party system where two major political parties, more or less equal in strength and influence, dominate in elections at all levels. Did you know: Political parties are never mentioned in the Constitution. Party Animals?

Democrats use a donkey as the symbol for their party. Republicans use an elephant as the symbol for their party. The donkey was first used as a symbol of the Democratic Party by Andrew Jackson. He had often been called a donkey, as they are known

for being strong willed. The elephant first came into use in the 1800s when it was used in a political cartoon to represent the Republican Vote. To see the cartoon, click HERE. Does that mean there are only two political parties? No, there are many political parties in the United States

There are three minor parties recognized in more than 10 states: Green Party There are also other, smaller parties, like the Communist Party and the Socialist Party Click each logo to view the respective partys platform on their website. Membership in Political Parties State affiliates for each political party

Democratic Party 50 states, District of Columbia Republican Party 50 states, District of Columbia Libertarian Party 34 states

Green Party 21 states Constitution Party 12 states The Florida Law Related Education Association, Inc. 2015 Click the Image Below to View Party Poopers: Not even the Founders Liked

Political Parties The Florida Law Related Education Association, Inc. 2015 WebQuest: What are the parties ideas about government? IDENTIFYING THE ISSUES

Role of Political Parties Political parties are composed of individuals who share similar ideas about government. Those within a party share similar views on: The role of government Foreign policy Environment Military and defense The economy & taxes Healthcare And many other topics

Political Parties Today What function do political parties serve today? Provide a forum to discuss public policies and issues with like-minded individuals and try to influence government Establish a networking system where people can nominate candidates for office, raise money for candidates, and set up campaigns Serve as an entry point for people to become involved in government Give people a choice of candidates

Serve as a connection between state and national government Who do you side with? Visit www.isidewith.org Take the quiz!

Do not share your results! Write down the candidate you most align with on a piece of paper (do not write your name). Fold the paper in half and turn it in! Checking for Understanding The Florida Law Related Education Association, Inc. 2015

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