Political Sociology Teacher Resources
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The Economy and Politics
In this economy and politics sociology worksheet, students complete 14 fill in the blank questions and 7 multiple choice questions regarding the how businesses operate in different economies and under various political control.
The Sociological Detective
Students conduct research in order to debate a topic. In this sociology lesson plan, students conduct research regarding 4 types of schools. Students prepare to debate a topic of their choice.
Presidential Elections and American culture
What do statements made by presidential candidates reveal about what they want the public to believe about them? What can be deduced about American culture and values based on these statements? Do these values change over time? How do political messages reflect these changes? Class members access three Mini Pages and examine comments made by candidates in 1979, 1988, and 1995. They then craft their own campaign commercial. Included in the packet are detailed directions for the various activities, worksheets, and links to all required sources.
Government: Political Corruption
Students read and analyze an article about political corruption in Louisianna. They conduct library and Internet research on their own state political figures to discover if they have been involved in illegal activities. Students role-play as investigative reporters examining the careers of those politicians mentioned in the article.
Lesson: Skin Fruit: Propaganda of the Deed
Art can express acts of injustice and move society to action. Upper graders analyze contemporary art relating to specific moments in history. They discuss propaganda, anarchy, sociology, and violence as activism. After researching and discussing singular violent acts in the name of social justice, they create a piece that responds to current events.
Social Inequality 11
In this sociology worksheet, students complete 5 graphic organizers, investigate poverty and then read 2 pages of text pertaining to social inequality.
American Political Thought: Minority Influence
Sixth graders brainstorm the reasons why people would want to leave their homeland to live in the United States. In groups, they research the political representation of the Board in New Haven, Connecticut. They also write a paper on how politics can influence population growth by examining the limits placed on Chinese who wanted to emigrate to the US. To end the instructional activity, they interview a member of the Board about minorities.
Justice Demands an End to Segregation, But it Does Not End
Students define human rights and describe how it applies to politics, economics and cultural rights. As a class, they watch a video how the Constitution was made and discuss its purpose. In groups, they present information to the class on how each amendment is important to civil rights. To end the activity, they research specific questions on their own and write a paper.
The Rise and Fall of the Jim Crow Era
Learners explore African American history by researching the Jim Crow laws. In this Civil Rights lesson plan, students define the Jim Crow laws, the reasons they were put into place, and how they were ultimately defeated. Learners write a paper about the volatile era between 1870 and 1960 and paint an image that reflects a political message about the unjust laws.
Music: A Vehicle for Wartime Protest
Music tells fascinating stories when it comes to wartime protest. Researchers analyze some familiar tunes to determine what they reveal about the political and social climate of Vietnam War-era America. They also discuss ways music operates as a protest tool. Kids will enjoy the linked PowerPoint, which features Lady Gaga as a discussion starter to get scholars thinking about what current music trends reveal about modern society. The presentation also discusses strategies for song analysis, and you may consider having learners take notes. They analyze a protest song (linked) together using a graphic organizer and then choose one of their own from one of the linked resources, preparing a presentation to explain its significance to the class. Use the rubric for easier assessment!
The 1920s: The Rise of Consumer Culture
Students examine economic, social, and cultural aspects of the 1920s. They provide a brief political history of the 1920s, focusing on the death of Warren Harding (Was he poisoned by his wife?) and develop skills in analyzing advertisements.
Lesson Plan on Tolerance
Students, through discussion, internet and video resources, study the history of Northern Ireland and the religious segregation between Catholics and Protestants. They evaluate the current political situation and predict what the future might hold for the region.
The Volstead Act and Related Prohibition Documents
Students listen to the 18th Amendment. After a discussion on Prohibition, the groups determine if it was a success or a failure and present their findings to the class. They view political cartoons of the day and analyze their meaning.
How Representative is Congress?
Students become aware of certain characteristics of the membership (i.e., ethnicity, age, gender, and political party affiliation) of Congress and determine if Congress is representative of the public as a whole.
The Age of Jackson (5)
For this online interactive American history worksheet, students answer 17 fill in the blank questions regarding the Andrew Jackson presidency. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
The Cold War and Development of Post-War America
Students view examples of political advertisements during the years of 1952 through 1964. After viewing, they discuss how the Cold War and the threat of Communism affected the development of the United States. They compare the Cold War to the war on Terrorism being fought today.
The Generation Gap
Students a hands on sociological experiment. They create a hypothesis about the attitudinal differences between generations on a particular subject, Students test their hypothesis with a survey and chart their findings. Results are presented in class.
New! Does Racism Affect How You Vote?
What conditions support racism? What specific actions can we, as a society, take to encourage greater racial tolerance? Using polling data and sociological studies in his research, Nate Silver illustrates the effect racism can have in the United States on voting practices. He concludes by proposing possible solutions, such as shifts in urban design, a networking experiencing as part of an intercollegiate exchange program, and ultimately, working to understand the root causes of behavior.
Post-Modernism and Mass Culture
Students examine the suggestion that the subjective experience of everyday life and sense of identity has changed in America in recent years. In this post-modernism and mass culture instructional activity, students engage in 4 multi-step exercises that challenge them to understand the aspects of American culture today.
A Fake Democracy?
Students read U.S. News & World Report article that explores political implications and benefits of incumbency. Students examine House districts and redistricting process in their state since 2000 census, and analyze relative strength of Democratic and Republican parties in their state since 1980.