Learning Goal:
Students will be able to identify America's current political parties, and illustrate their ideas about gov...
What is a Political Party anyway?!
A political party is a group of citizens or
voters with similar views on public issues...
Who are these CANDIDATE people?
 Political Parties choose a candidate who agrees
with their beliefs and try to persuade v...
How Would I Know Which Party I Agree With?!
 To know where a party stands on the major issues, the voters can look at the...
Two Party System:
Republicans vs. Democrats
What is the main difference between our 2 MAJOR Political Parties?
Don’t agree with either?…
Try a 3rd Party!
Third Parties:
 Third parties are political parties that
often form on the bas...
How Would I Know Which Party I Agree With?!
Political Party Quiz
Please remember, this is a survey and it does not indicat...
Why are Political Parties Important?
 Political parties play a major role AND make an important impact in American
societ...
Why are Political Parties Important?
(Cont’d)
 Political parties also impact the government at the federal, state and loc...
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  • 1. Learning Goal: Students will be able to identify America's current political parties, and illustrate their ideas about government. Standard - SS.7.C.2.8: Identify America's current political parties, and illustrate their ideas about government.
  • 2. What is a Political Party anyway?! A political party is a group of citizens or voters with similar views on public issues who:  1) work together to put their ideas into action in the government 2) work together to elect candidate
  • 3. Who are these CANDIDATE people?  Political Parties choose a candidate who agrees with their beliefs and try to persuade voters to support their candidate running for office. Competing political parties give voters a choice among candidates and ideas.  Candidates representing the major political party that wins more seats in one house of the national or state legislature becomes the majority party in that house of the legislature.  The party that wins fewer seats in one house of the national or state legislature becomes the minority party in that house of the legislature.  The majority party in a legislative house enjoys more control over the lawmaking process compared with the minority party in that same legislative house
  • 4. How Would I Know Which Party I Agree With?!  To know where a party stands on the major issues, the voters can look at the party’s platform.  A platform is a series of statements expressing the party’s principles, beliefs, and positions on issues.  Platforms can typically be found on the parties official website.  Each individual part of a platform is called a plank. The platform communicates to voters what the political party plans to do if it wins.  (Examples: Platform Issue = Healthcare; Plank = Agreeing/Disagreeing with universal healthcare)
  • 5. Two Party System: Republicans vs. Democrats What is the main difference between our 2 MAJOR Political Parties?
  • 6. Don’t agree with either?… Try a 3rd Party! Third Parties:  Third parties are political parties that often form on the basis of one or a few issues.  These issues might be related to a foreign (not in U.S.) or domestic (in U.S.) concern and, because the concern is so particular, it is difficult to gain popular support.  Third party candidates have never won a presidential election and rarely win election to other offices.  Third parties may take away votes from one of our 2 major parties in elections.  To the right are some examples of current third parties that exist in the United States:
  • 7. How Would I Know Which Party I Agree With?! Political Party Quiz Please remember, this is a survey and it does not indicate what party you are affiliated with OR what your beliefs are for the rest of your life, we are just trying to get you thinking!
  • 8. Why are Political Parties Important?  Political parties play a major role AND make an important impact in American society. 1. Political parties are important to the democratic process because they allow individuals to communicate their beliefs to the government. 2. Because political parties are made up of large groups of people, it allows their group’s voices and shared ideas to be more easily heard by the government. 3. Political parties also educate citizens about issues and acts as a guide during elections. People tend to vote for candidates from their own political party or for issues that their political party supports.
  • 9. Why are Political Parties Important? (Cont’d)  Political parties also impact the government at the federal, state and local levels.  Political parties act as loose confederations (groups that come together for similar reasons/causes) at the state and local levels. Because there are many more elected offices at the state and local levels, political parties tend to be more active at these levels.  Political parties raise and spend money in order to get candidates elected and they use funds to help spread the message about their beliefs and ideas to the people.