Once students are familiar with the basics of each political party, it can be helpful for them to do a deeper dive into one specific party. In a spider map, students will outline more specific core values for a particular political party. Teachers can assign these to students or have students pick.
During an election year, students should be encouraged to complete this project while researching the party's candidate and their specific stances. For slightly more advanced students, or an additional challenge, students might look up policies and laws that their assigned party has supported and see how it aligns with the party's core beliefs.
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Objective: Create a spider map that outlines different core beliefs of a political party.
(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)
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Political Parties in the United States
Student can identify the two major parties in the United States as well as two minor parties.
Student can identify the two major parties in the United States.
Students can identify one political party in the United States.
Core Values of each Political Party
Student can explain 3-4 core values for each political party identified.
Student can explain 2 core values for each political party identified.
Student can explain 0-1 core value for each political party identified.