1. Topic-
Political Parties
2. Content-
Students will study the development of the American two party system through the use of a timeline activity.
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1.Students will understand the development of the two party system in America.
2.Students will be able to analyze the different political philosophies of the two parties and to know the different between the two.
4. Objectives-
8.5.spi.9 Interpret a timeline, detailing the development of political parties in the United States to the Civil War.
5. Materials and Aids-
paper, pencils, textbooks, PowerPoint Presentation
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

1.Students will be presented with the question, "why do we have political parties?".
2.Students may give a couple of answers to the question.

B. Development-

1.Originally, America was not designed to have political parties. The two party system developed as a result of the political differences between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson.
2.Alexander Hamilton had a three part plan to help America to become financially secure, he was the Secretary of the Treasury. One part of his plan was to create a national bank that would help wealthy business owners to prosper in the new American economy. Thomas Jefferson opposed the creation of the National Bank on the grounds that he felt it would create an unhealthy relationship between wealthy business owners and the Federal Government.
3. Another source of political conflict arose over the issue of the French Revolution of 1789. Thomas Jefferson supported the French Revolution while Alexander Hamilton opposed the revolution and supported Britain in trying to put down the rebellion.

C. Practice-

Students will be guided through the first portion of the timeline activity.

D. Independent Practice-

Students will finish the activity in small groups and will turn in their assignments for a grade.

E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

Students with IEP's will be given all modifications. Students will be able to work in groups with peers which will aid them in doing the assignment as well. Furthermore, students who are not able to achieve proficiently on the assessment will have an opportunity to redo the assignment for a better grade.

F. Checking for understanding-

The activity will serve as the assessment for this lesson

G. Closure-

Today, we have learned about the development of the two party system in the United States of America. I hope that you have a better appreciation of the American political system and the complexities that go along with it.
7. Evaluation-
Students will achieve at least 80% on the activity to be considered proficient. A grade lower than 60% will require remediation.

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