The overall goal of the unit is to provide an introduction to the American political system. On the substantive side, students will form a strong foundation that will help them make educated, informed choices about the electoral processes and encourage civic engagement. By the end of the unit, students should understand how political parties facilitate democratic choice by giving voters cues and shorthand to vote upon. The students should understand that parties are crucial to the candidates and help voters decide what information is the most important for them to process and analyze. The students will be able to write an effective narrative about a woman suffragist based on the information presented through readings, photographs, writings, and selected videos. The readings will build comprehension and provide access to the topics that they will need in order to successfully complete the capstone project, which is a political commercial. The students will also gain better listening and speaking skills since the majority of activities ask the students to confer with their peers and share materials that they have researched or created. With the foundations of the democracy laid, the students will be able to identify clear reasons as to why democracy matters and how it provides them with an opportunity to effect change, or fight for an issue that they care deeply about.