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Do Now • Think about your day yesterday, from the time you woke up to the time you went to sleep…. • What examples of government did you observe during your daily tasks?? Participation in Government What is Politics? • Politics is a method or way to resolve social conflict – “who gets what, when, and how” • Social Conflict is the idea that people in a society disagree over beliefs, values, and what societies priorities should be Ex: abortion, defense spending, health care, higher education, scarce resources (oil, land, water) What is Government? • Government is the framework in which people determine and enforce methods of conflict resolution Why is political participation in politics and government important??? • Politics and government affects people’s own interests • Most people will enter the world of politics and government at some point in their lives Why is political participation in politics and government important??? Political Participation: the ways in which individuals participate in the political process • Political participation occurs whenever someone says or does something to affect politics or government • Ex: voting, serving on juries, helping with political campaigns, running for office, writing letters to the editor What about those who don’t participate? Politics does and will affect you!!