Political Parties, Gr 6-8
Length of Time: 20 Minutes
When the Constitution was adopted in 1789, there were no political parties. The framers were wary of political parties but somehow they have become one of the permanent fixtures of the political landscape. For a while, politics has been simplified into voter results as shown on maps, i.e. Red States and Blue States. The reality of both election results and party adherence is much more complicated.
What role do political parties play in the election of a president?
Common Core Standards
English/Language Arts; History/Social Studies
Key Ideas and Details
RH.6-8.2. Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
RH.6-8.7. Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
National Geography Standards
Standard 1: How to Use Maps and Other Geographic Representations, Tools, and Technologies to Acquire, Process, and Report Information from a Spatial Perspective
Standard 3: How to Analyze the Spatial Organization of People, Places, and Environments on Earth’s Surface
Standard 17: How to Apply Geography to Interpret the Past
Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks
US History 1
- History and Geography
- Interpret Graphs, Charts and Maps
- The Formation and Framework of American Democracy
- Historical and Intellectual Origins of the US during the Constitutional Era
- Basic Framework of American Democracy and Concepts of Government
- Political Democratization, 1790-1860