Political Parties Rest in Peace

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Before Democrats and Republicans, there were Whigs, Dixiecrats, Federalists and Anti-Federalists, Populists, Prohibitionists, Progressives, and the list goes on. Your young historians will discover the evolution of political parties in the United States, as well as the role of third parties, through an engaging activity where they will design tombstones and eulogies for these historical, "dead" parties.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Conclude activity by presenting a video or article on the major political parties today
  • Have class determine a definition for political parties after hearing all the presentations, focusing on necessary attributes that applied to all the descriptions they heard
  • Includes all handouts, which include requirements for activity, as well as several bullets of important information about each political party
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