Students will need their own devices to take the quiz. Teachers can determine the number and types of responses they expect from their students depending on grade and ability level. Once students have their results, combining independent reflection and research with whole-class discussion would allow for in-depth examination of the political parties and issues. For example, have students share their results and compare them to their classmates', as well as to the other submissions on the site. Class discussions could focus on a specific issue related to a theme or topic covered elsewhere in the course or an important issue in the news or in your community. In an election year, the class could make predictions about particular candidates or ballot measures. Teachers might also use the site's search tools to sort news stories by ideology, which could be useful in a lesson on how perspective influences elections and politics.Continue reading Show less
ISideWith is a nonpartisan site that lets users explore political views. Its main feature is a political quiz that lets users weigh in on a range of issues and then see how their views align with those of various political parties. In addition to the quiz, there's an extensive collection of resources about political issues that range from news stories and heat maps to discussion threads. The quiz is organized into broad categories (social, economic, environmental, foreign policy, etc.). It asks simple yes-or-no questions, and there are also opportunities to state how important the issue is to you, to choose a more specific stance or add your own, and to respond to additional questions. After submitting responses, you can see your results in terms of how they match up with the political parties in general and also with specific issues. You can also view data collected from all submissions and break it down by demographics (income level, education, race, etc.). The site is updated regularly to reflect popular and relevant election issues.
Created as a way to increase voter engagement and education, iSideWith is a perfect fit for a classroom studying current events and the political spectrum. It's an especially powerful platform for making political issues relevant and resonant to students -- who doesn't love a good quiz? Students can take the quiz to identify their own political leanings, and that should lead to greater interest in political issues and greater understanding of the characteristics of the major political parties. Some of the issues and topics are complex, and teachers may want to plan pre- and post-quiz activities to help students fully digest the political views and issues. For example, providing students with an overview of the major political parties or creating a worksheet that takes a more in-depth look at one or more of the issues could be valuable.
Key Standards Supported
Reading History/Social Studies
By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 9–10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 11–CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
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