Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.

 – H.L. Mencken

Essential Questions


  1. How are American political beliefs formed and how do they evolve over time?
  2. How do political ideology and core values influence government policy making?

Identifications


CHAPTER 4

  1. Americanism
  2. Civic competence
  3. Civic duty
  4. Class consciousness
  5. Culture war
  6. Efficacy
  7. Equality of opportunity
  8. External efficacy
  9. Internal efficacy
  10. Orthodox
  11. Political culture
  12. Political efficacy
  13. Political ideology
  14. Progressive
  15. Rights
  16. Secular
  17. Work ethic

CHAPTER 7

  1. Conservative
  2. Elite
  3. Exit polls
  4. Gender gap
  5. John Q. Public
  6. Liberal
  7. Libertarians
  8. Middle America
  9. New Class
  10. Norm
  11. Partisanship
  12. Political Elites
  13. Political ideology
  14. Political socialization
  15. Poll
  16. Public opinion
  17. Pure conservatism
  18. Pure liberalism
  19. Random sample
  20. Religious tradition
  21. Sampling error
  22. Silent majority

Civic Engagement Project – Task #3


The purpose of Task 3 is for students to both analyze civil liberties or civil rights issues underlying their policy problem and to analyze how interpretations of civil liberties protect and limit interest groups as they seek to influence domestic policy. For this task, students will submit a written report that:

  1. Explains the relationship between your interest groups policy problem and civil liberties, and as appropriate, identifies the specific provisions in the Bill of Rights that relate to your policy problem and explains how these provisions are related to your policy problem.
  2. Explains the relationship between your policy problem and civil rights.
  3. Explains how at least ONE Supreme Court case related to civil liberties or civil rights protects or enhances your interest’s group’s ability to influence policy.
  4. Explains how at least ONE Supreme Court case related to civil liberties or civil rights limits your interest group’s ability to influence policy.
  5. Describe at least ONE lesson, strategy, or idea your interest group can borrow from “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” the National Organization for Women, or the pro-life movement in terms of how to successfully influence government policy.
Sub Units

Political Culture

Political Ideology

PEW 2017 – Political Typology

PEW 2018 – Publics Priorities

Unit Review