Assignment: Create your own bag!
You will create a bag about one of the following concepts and discuss the perspective of both political parties (Democrats/Republicans) on that concept in the modern day. Students will then state the perspectives of the political parties (Federalists/Democratic-Republicans) from our "Launching a New Nation" unit on that same topic.
Select an issue from the following below:
After selecting your issue, students will research how the political parties currently feel about the issues.
Republican Party- The unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and we endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment's protections apply to unborn children.
Democratic Party- The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman's right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay. We oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right. Abortion is an intensely personal decision between a woman, her family, her doctor, and her clergy; there is no place for politicians or government to get in the way. We also recognize that health care and education help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and thereby also reduce the need for abortions. We strongly and unequivocally support a woman's decision to have a child by providing affordable health care and ensuring the availability of and access to programs that help women during pregnancy and after the birth of a child, including caring adoption programs.
On the issue of abortion, I side with the Democratic "pro-choice" perspective.
Students should find and link web content (videos, news articles, podcasts, political cartoons, etc...) to their bag. Students should provide a piece of content related to both the Republican perspective on the issue as well as the Democratic Perspective. Students will then summarize those perspectives in their own words.
Repeat the process for the Federalist Party and Democratic-Republican Party during the New Republic era.
As a culminating activity students will provide their own perspective on the current political parties. Do you agree with one party more than another? What issues are important to you? Why? Support your rationale with evidence from the content in your bag!