The Political Spectrum
1 Please Do Now - Type I Writing Assignment - Pair Share - Whole Class
On the projector or board post the following Please Do Now writing prompt.
"Write at least five lines on the following: What is a prism?"
When students finish, lead them in a discussion about how a prism allows us to see the colors that are in light already.
Follow instructions on the board. When finished, read your response to a neighbor.
2 Direct Instruction
Define each of the positions of the political spectrum and discuss with students where Democrats, Republicans, Greens, Libertarians, Neo-Nazis and other parties might fit. Ask students to explain where the founders would fit.
Students take notes and answer guided questions.
Have students make predictions about where why lie on the political spectrum.
Direct students to complete the political ideology survey. http://www.youthleadership.net/econgress/political_ideology_survey
Lead a discussion with students about their predictions vs. results.
Complete political ideology survey.
Have students complete the "World's Smallest Politcal Quiz." http://www.theadvocates.org/quiz/quiz.php have students discuss their results and if they believe the results more accuratively reflect their beliefs.
Discuss with students how political contributions of companies may influence their purchases. Use the iOS or Android App BuyPartison http://www.spendconsciously.com
And mirror the screen of your mobile device using Reflector on a Mac or PC connected to a projector http://www.airsquirrels.com/reflector/
Discuss with students if this new knowledge will change any of their behavior.
Ask students to scan the barcodes of items they use on a daily basis.
On a piece of paper ask students to list three things they learned today or one question they still have.
Students complete tickets out the door and return them to their teacher.