• Political Behaviors Outline
    UNIT 2: Political Behaviors (Chapters 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15)

    1.6 Assess the role of political ideology in shaping American politics

     Chapter 10 (Public Opinion & Political Socialization
    10.1 Trace the development of modern public opinion research
    10.2 Describe the methods for conduction and analyzing different types of polls
    10.3 Assess the potential shortcomings of polling
    10.4 Analyze the process by which people form political opinions.
    10.5 Evaluate the effects of public opinion on politics.

    Guiding Questions:
    1.       What is the history of opinion research?
    2.       How is polling done and what determines the accuracy of polls? 
    3.       How are polls used?
    Chapter 11 (Political Parties)
    11.1 Trace the evolution of the two party system in the United States.
    11.2 Outline the structure of the American political parties, at the national, state and local levels.
    11.3 Identify the functions performed by the American Political parties
    11.4 Analyze how political socialization and group affiliations shape party identification.
    11.5 Evaluate the role of minor parties in the American two party system
    Guiding Questions:
    1.       What is the history of our party system?
    2.       How are political parties organized?
    3.       What is the role and impact of minor parties in the U.S.?
    Chapter 12 (Elections & Voting)
    12.1 Trace the roots of American elections, and distinguish among the four different types of elections
    12.2 Outline the electoral procedures for the presidential and general elections
    12.3 Compare and contrast Congressional and presidential elections, and explain the incumbency advantage
    12.4 Identify seven factors the influence voter choice
    12.5 Identify six factor that affect voter turnout
    12.6 Explain why voter turnout is low and evaluate methods for improving voter turnout
    Guiding Questions:
    1.       What is the history of elections in the U. S.? 
    2.       What does data say about how different demographic groups vote in the U. S.? 
    3.       What are the historical trends of voter turnout in the United States?
    Chapter 13 (The Campaign Process)
    13.1 Trace the evolution of the political campaigns in the United States
           13.2 Assess the role of candidates and their staff in the campaign process
    13.3 Evaluate the ways campaigns raise money
          13.4 Identify the ways campaigns use the media to reach potential voters
    13.5 Analyze the 2012 presidential campaign
    Guiding Questions:
    1.       What is the staffing structure of a campaign staff?  
    2.       How are political campaigns funded?  
    3.       What methods are used to persuade the public to vote for candidates?
    Chapter 14 (The News Media)
    14.1 trace the historical development of the news media in the United States
    14.2 Characterize four major trends in the news media today
    14.3 Summarize the ethical standards and federal regulations that govern the news media
    14.4 Assess how the news media cover politics
    14.5 Evaluate the influence of the news media on public policy and the impact of media bias
    Guiding Questions:
    1.       How has the role of the media changed in covering politics? 
    2.       What are examples of media bias and their implications on politics?
    Chapter 15 (Interest Groups)
    15.1 trace the roots of the American interest group system
    15.2 Describe the historical development of American interest groups
    15.3 Identify several strategies and tactics used by organized interests
    15.4 Analyze the factors that make an interest group successful
    15.5 Explain reform efforts geared toward regulating interest groups and lobbyists
    Guiding Questions:
    1.       What are interest groups and why are they formed?
    2.       What is the history of interest groups in the U.S.?
    3.       What makes an interest group more powerful and what is the implications of powerful interest groups?