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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

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Have the students write letters, editorials, or blog posts in response to a proposal for a constitutional amendment that would ban all political parties from American governance.