Lesson Plan


This lesson is primarily based on a class simulation of the actual legislative process, with students participating in and acting out the process in the context of our classroom (they will be creating and potentially passing bills that directly pertain to the class or school). Reasoning: I chose simulation because I think it a very meaningful, student-centered, hands-on method of instruction that allows students to get a good understanding of the material through independent research, group participation and discovery.


  • Social Studies > General

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Civics Civic Education Media Literacy



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Curriki Rating
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.

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