Teacher:Jeremiah Washington   

School: Williamsport Area High

Subject: Civics and Multiculturalism

Grade: 9th

Lesson Number: N/A

Lesson Topic: Political Parties


A) Ninth grade civics students (audience may very depending on the coordinating classroom)

B) Students will discuss, question, rebuttal and defend their views on social and political issues and their political importance.

B2) Students will create a political party and rank the urgency of political issues.      

B3) Students will create plans as to how to solve problem and defend their forecasted efficiency.  

C) In a live internet blog

D) With a 85% efficiency.


P.D.E. Standards  : 5.3.9




Materials and Resources:

1.)Computer lab with roughly the same amount of computers as students. (in each school)



This is the blog that the students will post messages.  Blogger is a google powered blog provider.

Introduction: (10min)

After introducing the election process or political parties and all the necessary terms (in prior class periods), conduct a short discussion refreshing the process and the meanings of key terms with the student.

Review the roles of each position and go over any additional rules you would like to add because of time, equipment, student needs, or district policy.

Each teacher will choose Party Leaders, and Nominee form each participating class.  The positions will be chosen according to the abilities the student displayed prior to the assessment.  Cards with the position, responsibilities, and  login information needed to begin their discussion.     

Procedures: (at least 30min)

1. Each student will log onto www.choiceteacher.com and click on collaboration

2. They will then read through the lesson plan.

3. Give student the appropriate card.

4.  Monitor and encourage the blog discussion


Closure: (10min)

Have the students vote for a nominee from any party (as to eliminate bias).  Announce the winner if the class would respond well to that type of motivation.  Have the students start working on their reflection sheets.


1.) Terms Quiz: A matching, multiple choice, or definitions style quiz will show if using the terms gave the students a personal connection to them.

2.) Argument: Fill out a checklist showing how much of the activities requirements were completed.  This will make it easy for the students to understand how involved and successful they were in the discussion.

3.) Reflection Sheet: Directly after the activity ends the students should complete a series of questions that will ask them to reflect on their positions and see if they would change parties, ask a different question, value different thing etc if given the chance.