Political Parties

From Nominations to Victory Celebrations

From the Series Inside Elections

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 6

When an election is coming up, you usually expect a face-off between the two major US political parties—Democrats and Republicans. It’s easy to forget that there are numerous minor parties—and even groups within a single party—that have different goals. Why do we need political parties? In modern elections, they are important in shaping candidates’ positions on issues, determining who is nominated to run on a party ticket, and working behind the scenes to influence an election’s outcome. Examine opposing viewpoints on some of the key issues surrounding political parties and consider for yourself the power they hold in the US election process.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 6
Genre Social Studies
Copyright 2016
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Number of Pages 64
Publication Date 2015-08-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF043000, JNF052000
Dewey 324.273
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6 x 9
Lexile 1000
ATOS Reading Level 7.2
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 178596
Accelerated Reader® Points 2.0
Features Bibliography/further reading, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Glossary, Index, Photo captions, Reviewed, Sidebars, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author: Stephanie Sammartino McPherson

Stephanie Sammartino McPherson wrote her first children's story in college. She enjoyed the process so much that she's never stopped writing. A former teacher and freelance newspaper writer, she has written more than thirty books and numerous magazine stories. Her recent books include Hothouse Earth: The Climate Crisis and the Importance of Carbon Neutrality, winner of the Green Earth Book Award for young adult nonfiction, and Breakthrough: Katalin Karikó and the mRNA Vaccine. Stephanie and her husband, Richard, live in Virginia.

Lerner eSource™ offers free digital teaching and learning resources, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching guides. These guides, created by classroom teachers, offer short lessons and writing exercises that give students specific instruction and practice using Common Core skills and strategies. Lerner eSource also provides additional resources including online activities, downloadable/printable graphic organizers, and additional educational materials that would also support Common Core instruction. Download, share, pin, print, and save as many of these free resources as you like!

Inside Elections

What’s going on behind the scenes during an election? Readers will explore the inner workings of our political system from a critical thinking perspective. Each book examines key factors that affect the outcome of an election, such as campaign funding, media coverage, the influence View available downloads →



“[T]he series promises to offer honest and unbiased explanations of ‘common knowledge’ that is not necessarily as common as thought. . . . [P]atrons who need a quick overview of elections facts will find them helpful.”—VOYA

School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

“They are rich with information about all aspects of the election process, going beyond a traditional discussion of the electoral college process. . . . Timely additions on an important subject.”—School Library Journal, Series Made Simple