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Students can learn about the politics of the time period through the work of the artists in the Dada Movement.
Students deduce from reading political party platforms from the 1840s-1860s which party and what year the platform is from. They analyze the foundations and political philosophies underlying the platforms and the parties.
Students define term political party, explain the role of political parties, and describe what the country would be like without political parties.
Students offer their opinions regarding political issues. For this political cartoons lesson, students examine political cartoons and then choose political issues that they satirize in original political cartoons.
Ninth graders examine the origins and functions of political parties. In this American Government lesson, 9th graders create a party platform to address political issues that are likely to arise during a national election. Students present their findings to the class.
Students learn about the issues that separate political parties. For this politics lesson, students look at economics and social issues from different perspectives and use the Nolan Chart to organize their information.
In this term paper assignment worksheet, students follow the provided steps and outline that requires them to research and write a paper about social movements in American politics.
Seventh graders examine different pieces of Dutch Art. They identify its social and political meanings by using cultural and historical information. They examine maps of the time period as well.
Eleventh graders examine the type of political reform in the 1800s. In groups, they analyze the Pendleton Civil Service Act and two other economic acts. To end the lesson plan, they take a quiz and discuss the impact of the acts on the timeperiod.
When did political propaganda start? How many types of propaganda are there? Kids are asked to analyze the various types of elections and election propaganda that voters see each year at election time. They compose an essay describing each type of propaganda and commonly used propaganda techniques. This is a five-day lesson that includes multiple resource links, standards, and adaptations; overall a great lesson.
Students examine the political situation in Haiti. They share their opinions on the role the United States should play in foreign governments. They identify the causes of the turmoil in the country as well.
Seventh graders view political cartoons about segregation and analyze them. In this primary sources lesson, 7th graders label the techniques used in the political cartoon of Herblock. Students examine four cartoons and label the techniques used to persuade readers.
Eighth graders analyze political cartoons about current issues. They identify the meaning of political symbols and find a representation of a specific symbol in a political cartoon. They write a paragraph about their chosen symbol and cartoon.
Students discuss the role political cartoons have played in U.S. politics and public affairs since the 1700's. They analyze some of the political cartoons Dr. Seuss drew during World War II and discuss how these cartoons conveyed his political messages. They draw their own political cartoon.
Eleventh graders, in groups, research different segments of the Jim Crow Era; create a political cartoon for a class museum; and, as curators, share their political cartoon exhibits with the class. Finally, the class debrief the assignment.
Students examine how the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 affected the political balance between free and slave states and explore how its author, Stephen Douglas, promoted its policy of popular sovereignty to avoid a national crises over slavery.
Students describe political events, figures, and ideas in political cartoon, "Join, or Die," interpret message in political cartoon in terms of events leading to American Revolution, and answer questions about political cartoon.
Students explore the late 1800s as a time of demographic change in the US. They view the role of media during this time in the form of posters and political cartoons. They create a political poster/cartoon that deals with current immigration issues as well as techniques necessary to analyze political posters/cartoons.
Students investigate how agriculture can be used as a political tool. They watch a PowerPoint presentation and take notes, identify reasons for protecting agriculture, write an essay about a current political issue in international agriculture, and develop a skit.
Students examine the various political parties throughout history. In groups, they are given documents identifying the platforms of the parties in the 1868 election. To end the lesson, they share their information with the class and decide which platform they choose and the reasons why.