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Using the State Curriculum: Social Studies, Grade 8

Political Science | Peoples of the Nation and World | Geography | Economics | History | Social Studies Skills and Processes

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Standard 1.0 Political Science

Topic B. Individual and Group Participation in the Political System

Indicator 2. Defend the importance of civic participation as a citizen of the United States

Objective c. Evaluate how various groups provide opportunities for individuals to participate in the political process

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Students can analyze the Web sites below to identify, compare, and contrast ways ordinary citizens can get involved with political parties and interest groups:
http://www.democrats.org/
Official Web site of the Democratic party
http://www.gop.com
Official Web site of the Republican party
http://www.sierraclub.org/
Official Web site of the Sierra Club
http://www.uschamber.com/
Official Web site of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Other sites:
http://cavotes.org/vote/parties
Information for citizens on joining a political party, from the League of Women Voters of California
http://www.icivics.org/curriculum/politics-and-public-policy
Online Politics and Public Policy curricular unit, from iCivics.org
http://www.icivics.org/curriculum/citizenship-and-participation
Online Citizenship and Participation unit, from iCivics.org
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Resources for Objective 1.B.2.c:
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