The Political Spectrum and You

Placing the Political Parties on the Political Spectrum

Class Agenda:

1. Review Vocabulary Terms

2. Label our Political Spectrum Graphic Organizer

3. Review with Kahoot!

4. Exit Quiz

Vocabulary Introduction

The Big Five Players:

Radical: Political Radicals are on the far left on the Political Spectrum. They want to alter social structures through revolutionary means and change value systems in fundamental ways.


Liberal: Political Liberals are left of center on the Political Spectrum. They are progressive in view, and generally support ideas such as freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, and civil rights. Democrats generally self identify as being liberal.


Moderate: Political Moderates are right at the center of the Political Spectrum and are generally not extreme, partisan, or radical in belief. Some moderates may identify with a particular party, or they may describe themselves as independents.


Conservative: Political conservatives are right of center on the political spectrum. Conservatives are averse to rapid change and seek to preserve things as they are, emphasizing stability, continuity, and family values. Republicans typically self identify as Conservative.


Reactionary: Political Radicals are on the far left on the Political Spectrum. They want to alter social structures through revolutionary means and change value systems in fundamental ways.

A Few Notes ...

Political scientists have created academic language to describe people’s political positions. In order to visually compare how each position relates to others, a “Political Spectrum” has been created.


There are two ways in which one can draw the Political Spectrum: the first as a line, the second as a circle. It is a stylistic distinction - it simply depends on the person with which style you feel comfortable.

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