Politics

Teaching resources & approaches

US Pressure Groups Free Resources

Ruth Tarrant

6th January 2017

I think students either love or hate the pressure group topic, in both UK and US politics - it's often very popular in exams, but also often not done very well. Up-to-date knowledge is essential, as is a keen understanding of the forces at play that determine the success, or otherwise, of interest groups.

A good number of students try to rely on their knowledge of UK pressure groups when answering questions about US pressure groups. We've dug out a resource from our vault of resources to try and help with this issue.

Under Pressure

This resource is a card sorting activity in which students must sort the factors into those likely to enhance the influence/success of groups, and those that will hinder it. The resource also contains ideas for extension exercises.

Download Under Pressure (PDF)

Open Secrets

I'm also a big fan of the Open Secrets website where you can find all sorts of information such as the biggest donors to those holding power on Capitol Hill.

Ruth Tarrant

Ruth has been an enthusiastic Head of Economics and Politics for many years, having taught in a variety of schools and at university level. She is also a Senior Examiner. Ruth is passionate about boosting the quality of teaching and learning across all subjects in schools and colleges.

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