Lesson Plan

Beyond a Two-Party System

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Young political scientists go beyond the two-party system and research third-party candidates running in the 2020 US Presidential election. Groups present background information about the candidate, the party's platform points, and a brief history of the party.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups prepare an infographic for their third-party candidate and post it in the classroom
  • Create and post a large matrix that compares all the parties nominees on major party platform points and issues
  • Assign one group to research how third party candidates have influenced other elections
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires access to computers with internet
  • The project may be completed by groups or individuals
  • Links are provided to each party's website and Twitter handles
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