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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 activity!
Students consider what they already know about democracy and examine how viable democracy is for Middle Eastern nations such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
Students consider words that reflect their knowledge and opinions about democracy. They work in groups to research countries that have recently transitioned to democratic forms of government.
Students can learn about the historical and modern day significance of democracy through Ancient Greek Democracy lesson plans.
Technology, and democracy lesson plans can help students understand recent events in Iran, and their link to such sites as Twitter.
Students act as teachers and develop a lesson plan that teaches the concepts of democracy and how important it is to become involved in the democratic process. They "teach" their lesson to the rest of the class.
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. 
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.  In this government lesson, 10th graders discover what role individual Canadians and Canadian organizations played during that period. 
Students can take a look at the political system of Rome through Roman Democracy Lesson Plans.
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.
In this Athenian democracy instructional activity, students read a 1-page selection about Periclean democracy and then respond to 27 short answer and fill in the blank questions.
A class brainstorming session in response to the question, "–What is Democracy?”" results in a giant web of words and the concluding statement, "–Democracy is one of the few words that should not be defined by only one person."” A thought-provoking discussion starter.
Twelfth graders discuss the probability of imposing a democracy in a country in which there is no history of this type of government being successful. Using the internet, they work together to research Japan's experience with democracy and the challenges it faced doing so. They also compare and contrast the United States Constitution with the Japanese Constitution.
–Democracy - "use it or lose it"” is the point of view of this British narrator as he explores the history and development of this –Big Idea That Changed the World.” Part one of the five-part series explores the challenges to democracy presented by those who have money, by those who control information, and by military power.
Students define democracy and analyze the conditions needed for democracy to flourish. Students research governments in the Middle East to determine how and if they have any form of democracy within their government.
Students analyze the concept of democracy. In this democratic values lesson, students analyze the lyrics of selected popular music that address issues that challenge the role of United States as a world leader. Students create exhibits that share their visions of American democracy.
Students consider diversity in democracies. In this democratic values lesson, students read an article titled, "Minorities in a Democracy." Students respond to discussion questions about the article.
Eleventh graders examine the origins of democracy throughout the world. They analyze the concept of democracy and how it works. They also discover how to be a part of a democracy.

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