In this lesson, students learn what political parties are and what kind of party systems exist in the world. They then learn about the role of political parties in the United States and the influence parties have in our political system.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to...

  • Define “political party.”
  • Describe the roles of political parties.
  • Identify ways that political parties influence public policy.
  • Differentiate between single-party, two-party, and multi-party systems.


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