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Using the State Curriculum: Social Studies, Grade 8

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Standard 1.0 Political Science

Topic A. The Foundations and Function of Government

Indicator 2. Analyze the impact of historic documents and practices that became the foundations of the American political system during the early national period

Objective f. Describe the development of political parties and their effects on elections and political life

Resource Links

http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?doc=10
“Our Documents.gov” guide to the Federalist 10 and Federalist 51 (#10 describes Madison’s concerns about factions)
http://www.senate.gov/pagelayout/history/one_item_and_teasers/partydiv.htm
History of party divisions in the U.S. Senate since 1789
http://artandhistory.house.gov/house_history/partyDiv.aspx
History of party divisions in the House of Representatives since 1789
http://www.soskids.arkansas.gov/5-8_civics_political_parties.html
Brief history of political parties in the U.S., from the Arkansas Secretary of State
http://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plan/first-american-party-system-us-political-parties-principle-legitimate-opposition
Original high school lesson plan on development of American political parties (described in the lesson seed for this objective), from the National Endowment for the Humanities – adaptable for middle school
http://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plan/first-american-party-system-documentary-timeline-important-events-1787-1800#sect-activities
Original high school lesson plan on issues separating Federalists and Republicans, from the National Endowment for the Humanities – adaptable for middle school
http://www.icivics.org/curriculum/politics-and-public-policy
Online Politics and Public Policy curricular unit, from iCivics.org
/toolkit/vsc/resource_links/social_studies/grade8/1A2f.xml
Resources for Objective 1.A.2.f:
Clarifications | Lesson Seeds | Sample Assessments | RESOURCE LINKS