Political Ideology Teacher Resources

It seems like American politics are more divided than ever before, but a quick glimpse through American history may change your mind. Whether you’re teaching the littlest social studies students or government classes who are old enough to vote, it’s important for them to understand the full spectrum of political ideology.

For a history context, check out this lesson on the ideological differences between patriots and loyalists during the Revolutionary War. A brief presentation discusses the history of the two-party system in America and how it remains in place today.

To bridge the gap between the 18th century and today, show an informative video that covers the basic ideologies of American politics. Another video discusses the rise of American conservatism in the 20th century—and a class activity details the liberal backlash of the 1990’s.

How do your students align themselves on the current ideological spectrum? Discuss the characteristics of the extremes and moderates of the political spectrum, and have class members take a test to see how they identify. Another resource explains the processes of caucuses and how they affect our political system.

No matter how you or your students plan to vote, we’ve got the social studies resources you need at Lesson Planet!

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Simulated Urban Planning

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders explore how the villages and cities in which they live reflect the culture, human needs, values and ideals of their citizens.  In this geography lesson, 12th graders create plans for an ideal city.  Students reflect on...
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This Land is Our Land

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate maps and documents to develop a better understanding of a border and how they are developed.  In this map lesson students develop a presentation that analyzes a contemporary border dispute. 
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The Gettysburg Address

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explore the implications of the Gettysburg Address. In this Civil War lesson, students read a handout regarding Gettysburg Address, analyze an excerpt of the speech, and complete the provided worksheet activities.
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War and International Law:America’s Foreign Policy: A Brief History

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners discover the history of American foreign policy. In this foreign policy lesson, students listen to their instructor present a lecture that presents a brief history of American foreign policy. Learners respond to discussion...
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Blind Newsdealer

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Students analyze a painting by Ralph Fasanella and answer questions regarding context of the art. In this art analysis lesson, students analyze Fasanella's 'Blind Newsdealer' and answer discuss questions about the painting's theme and...
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Lesson 4: Duties and Roles of the Supreme Court

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders explore the role of the Judicial Branch. In this U.S. government instructional activity, 12th graders take notes regarding how the courts have changed over time and then become observers of the court's history as they...
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Attitudes About Slavery in Franklin County, Pennsylvania

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the historical attitudes towards slavery in Pennsylvania. They read transcriptions from two Pennsylvania newspapers and compare/contrast the county's Republican and Democratic Parties' positions on slavery.
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Requiem The Song of the Murdered Jewish People

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students read poem The Song of the Murdered Jewish People, listen to Requiem based on poem, work on reading poem as music plays, discuss reasons for composer's musical choices, and investigate possibilities of performing a reading for an...
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Fatah Vs. Hamas: Continued Strife In The Gaza Region

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate the conflict between Hamas and Fatah while focusing on the Gaza region in the Middle East. They conduct research using a variety of resources. The participate in a discussion using the information found. Then...
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Teaching about Islam

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders explore the effects of globalization on the Global South. For this World History lesson, 9th graders research a specific Islamic region.  Students create a presentation that explain the effects of globalization on their...
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Breadline

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the breadlines during the Great Depression. They view a short video about different country's responses to mass unemployment. They interview family members if possible who lived during the Depression.
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Fast Forward

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Students view a television program exploring social and economic changes at the close of the twentieth century. They discuss changes from differing perspectives including poor and rich citizens from various countries. Students write an...
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Life on the Border

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students discuss different types of boundaries. They research the United States/Mexico border and answer questions about their findings. They create collages, posters, or multimedia presentations showcasing various areas of concern...
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Biography of the Millennium: 100 People, 1000 Years (4 Parts)

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students explore who are the most influential people of the past thousand years.
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A Touchdown for Reform

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students read an article about Charles McCarthy and his progressive reforms. In pairs, they play a game answering questions about the article. Then they write an analogy comparing Charles McCarthy to a quarterback or an architect.
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Brother Against Brother

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders read Across Five Aprils and correlate it to a unit on the Civil War. They culminate the unit by writing a a piece of historical fiction in the first person entitled "Brother Against Brother."
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Simulated Urban Planning

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders investigate the values of America as seen through the communities in which they live. They shall create ideal plans for a community that is imaginary and yet meets the ideals of the American culture.
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Supreme Court Confirmation Process

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the Supreme Court and the confirmation process. They simulate a confirmation hearing with students role-playing as nominees and others as members of the Judiciary Committee. Students compose short essays outlining the...
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Creating a Nation

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students investigate the move to federation by the Australian colonies was abject of the displays of nationalism that characterized similar movements in other nations. Most notions regarding federation were treated with little serious...
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On the Homefront: Indiana Family Letters

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Young scholars analyze primary source material from the Civil War. They describe the war as it was perceived by those on the homefront in Johnson County, Indiana. Students describe how Hoosiers responded to the draft. They write a...

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