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Middle and high schoolers explore how democracy works. After a teacher-led discussion, pupils go to websites embedded in the plan which lead them through activities that are all about the democratic process. The first website has them learn about democracy in schools and student councils. The second site teaches them about voting and representation in government. The third site serves as a closing activity in that it quizzes them on what they've learned so far. A good political science lesson!
Students consider the success of democracies in Eastern Europe. In this government systems lesson, students research the implementation of democratic practices and rule in the countries of Eastern Europe following the Cold War. Students also discuss and rank the characteristics of democracies.
This document provides useful information for a unit on democracy in China. While it does not include detailed activities, it does have a list of democratic principles, and important facts about China that facilitate understanding of its form of government. The desired outcome is developing an evidence-based hypothesis regarding China's likelihood of growing more democratic. Suggested instructional strategies include research, cooperative learning, and/or debate.
The Salem Witch Trials provide a perfect opportunity to connect English language arts and US history classes. Here's a resource that provides a wealth of essential questions, activities, and materials. Class groups assume the role of cold case investigators, develop a theory as to the cause of the witch hysteria, and then use concepts of American democracy to defend one of the victims. The richly detailed plan deserves a place in your curriculum library.
In this International Day of Democracy worksheet, students complete activities such as reading a passage, phrase matching, fill in the blanks, correct words, multiple choice, spelling, sequencing, scrambled sentences, writing questions, survey, and writing. Students complete 12 activities on International Day of Democracy.
Eleventh graders examine the impact of the Ancient Greeks and Romans on democratic and republican ideas. They read and discuss text, complete a class chart on the development of Greek Democracy, and create a magazine advertisement advertising the virtues of either the Roman or Greek government.
Upper elementary and middle schoolers research and analyze some different types of governments. Democracies, Monarchies, and Dictatorships are some of the types that are looked at. Learners use the Internet to gather information that will used by each small group to make a presentation to the class on their type of government. This nine-page plan is amazingly detailed, and includes everything you need to successfully implement it.
Students explore the facets of democracy. For this civic responsibility lesson, students create a definition of democracy and discuss the difference between a spectator and a participatory citizen. Students discuss whose responsibility it is to improve government and protect the rights of the people. Students work in groups to learn about civil society, civic responsibility, patriotism, advocacy and right to petition the government. They then present these ideas to the class.
Fifth graders contrast and compare ancient Greece to the U.S.A. In this Greek History activity, 5th graders investigate the buildings and designs of ancient Greece, as well as their democracy and government. Students answer questions from a worksheet about the direct influence Greece has had on the United States.
Students consider how to strengthen democratic principles in Latin America. In this government systems instructional activity, students explore the challenges to democratic forms of government in Latin America as they examine primary sources. Students conduct research regarding 3 Latin American nations and create profiles for the nations that feature facts about the nations and the work being done in the nation to promote democracy.
Students examine the thoughts and ideas that were the foundation of our unique democracy. For this Democratic government lesson, students will become acquainted with the origins and fundamentals of the US Revolutionary War, Declaration of Independence, and Constitution. This lesson includes worksheets, assessment tests, and a rubric.
Expanding our young scholars' understanding of government at a local level is a great way to build an understanding of government at a global level. Start the understanding by using any of these fun teaching ideas. Learners engage in several simulation/discussions related to democracy at the school level and in the local community. The student council is used as their model of democracy.
Students examine cyberbullying. In this lesson on democracy, students discuss the different ways to deal with cyberbullying. They then take a position on the question of whether a democracy should allow schools to take action against off campus occurrences of cyberbullying through a class debate.
Tenth graders examine the history of Democracy in Canada to set the context for their research into the same for the Ukraine during the Orange revolution. For this government lesson, 10th graders discover what role individual Canadians and Canadian organizations played during that period.