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
(Public Opinion & Political Socialization
10.1 Trace the
development of modern public opinion research
the methods for conduction and analyzing different types of polls
10.3 Assess the
potential shortcomings of polling
the process by which people form political opinions.
10.5 Evaluate the effects of
public opinion on politics.
is the history of opinion research?
is polling done and what determines the accuracy of polls?
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
is the history of our party system?
are political parties organized?
is the role and impact of minor parties in the U.S.?
(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
is the history of elections in the U. S.? 2. What
does data say about how different demographic groups vote in the U. S.?
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
13.4 Identify the ways campaigns
use the media to reach potential voters
13.5 Analyze the 2012
are political campaigns funded?
is the staffing structure of a campaign staff?
methods are used to persuade the public to vote for candidates?
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
14.5 Evaluate the influence of
the news media on public policy and the impact of media bias
Guiding Questions: 2. What
are examples of media bias and their implications on politics?
has the role of the media changed in covering 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: 2. What
is the history of interest groups in the U.S.?
are interest groups and why are they formed?
makes an interest group more powerful and what is the implications of powerful