MINOR PARTIES TODAY’S OBJECTIVE After today’s lesson, students will be able to… Explain the history of minor parties in the United States Discuss the agenda’s of the most popular third parties today Essential Skill Explicitly assess information and draw conclusions TYPES OF THIRD PARTIES Ideological Parties Based on comprehensive of social/economic/political matters Single-Issue Parties Based on single public question Economic Protest Parties Rooted in periods of economic discontent, anti-major parties, without having a clearly defined ideological basis Splinter Parties Split away from one of the major parties, often formed around a strong personality THIRD PARTY WEB QUEST Research the minor parties and answer the questions on the sheet Visit the sites of the major parties and compare them with the minor parties Be prepared to share your answers! REFLECTION What did you think of the third parties you researched? How do they differ from the major parties (Democrats & Republicans)? Why do you think these minor parties are unsuccessful in winning national scale elections? FINAL THOUGHTS Research paper due tomorrow! Research paper due tomorrow! Research paper due tomorrow!