A.P. American Government Lesson Plan - Klein Oak High School
Dates Friday, October 9 - Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Topic Interest Groups
Objectives Students shall be able to
  1. Explain why the characteristics of United States society and government
    encourage a multiplicity of interest groups.

  2. Indicate the historical conditions under which interest groups are likely to form and specify the kinds of organizations Americans are most likely to join.

  3. Describe relations between leaders and rank-and-file members of groups,
    including why the sentiments of members may not determine the actions of leaders.

  4. Describe several methods that interest groups use to formulate and carry out their political objectives, especially the lobbying techniques used to gain public support.

  5. Explain why courts have become an important forum for public interest

  6. List the laws regulating conflict of interest and describe the problems involved with revolving door government employment. Describe the balance between the First Amendmentís freedom of expression and the need to prevent corruption in the political system.

Activities Lecture/Discussion: Interest Groups
View the PowerPoint (ppt or html) or the class notes sheet (Word or pdf).
Assessment Monitor and adjust to check understanding. Collect and grade chapter 9 assignment.
Assignments Read chapter 10 and complete the class preparation assignment (Word or PDF) for Wednesday.