Lesson Plan


This lesson addresses how political parties are portrayed by the mainstream media.


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On a scale of 0 to 3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2011-07-31.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This resource guides students through the process of learning about the two major political parties. Students are provided with an overview of the political parties, conduct research on the political parties, and then apply what they have learned through a culminating activity in which they create a news affiliate. The lesson plan includes objectives, detailed procedures, and worksheets. While the lesson focuses on just Democrats and Republicans, it could easily be adapted to cover third parties depending on the individual classroom goals. It should be noted that the lesson is structured for a block schedule.
Kristina Grogan
June 18, 2011

Way to go guys! I really liked your idea of having the students work together to create a politically affiliated news station, where they get to help in making commercials. I thought it was a very clever way of imbedding media and media literacy in your cooperative learning activity. The only suggestion that I have involves elaborating more on the history of political parties. I think it's important for students to realize that party constituents have changed over the past several decades for varying reasons. This way you would be tying in a bit more history into your lesson and helping students to sift through both political parties' long, sorted histories. I definitely think an enriched class discussion would ensue! Not sure what your thoughts will be on that, but I think that's what I might do when I "steal" your lesson idea and use it in my future classroom! ;)

Karla Wolff
June 18, 2011

This lesson plan is awesome! You made learning about political parties very fun and interactive and I wish that I could have learned about them in this way. The Prezi was great and I like the final slide with the parties in a nutshell, although it can be a bit hard to read. I also like how you used three very different news outlets to show the students the differences in media. All your resources are extremely well made and you guys did a fantastic job with this lesson. :)). I am definitely going to be stealing this.
An improvement that could be done for this lesson is to also have a group do a third party, which one I don't know since there are so many. Tea Party could be interesting though.

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