A.P. American Government Lesson Plan - Klein Oak High School
Dates Thursday, September 24 - Friday, September 25, 2009
Topic Political Parties
Objectives Students shall be able to
  1. Define the term political party and contrast the structures of the European and
    American parties, paying particular attention to the federal structure of the
    United States system and the concept of party identification.

  2. Trace the development of the United States party system through its four
    periods. Explain why parties have been in decline since the New Deal.

  3. Describe the structure of a major party. Distinguish powerful from powerless
    party units.

  4. Indicate whether there are major differences between the parties. Describe
    some of the issue differences between delegates at Democratic and Republican
    conventions, and compare these differences with those of the party rank and

Activities Discussion of political parties in the United States. Click for PowerPoint (ppt or html). Click for notes sheet (Word or PDF).
Assessment Monitor and adjust to check understanding.
Assignments Read "Why we still need real political parties" in the Loomis reader. Complete the corresponding assignment (Word or PDF).