Lesson Plan

The Role of Citizens in a Participatory Democracy

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Groups research participatory democracies and compare the role and rights of citizens in ancient history with those in recent U.S. history. Guided by a series of questions, individuals compose a persuasive essay in which they discuss the meaning of participatory democracy.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the resource as a framework for a world history, American history, or government class unit study of participatory democracies 
  • Have seniors in government classes coordinate the research with freshmen or sophomores enrolled in history classes
Classroom Considerations
  • The resource would best serve as a brief outline for a unit study of participatory democracries
  • The 11th in a series of 17 related resources
  • The two-page packet includes a list of instructional activities and research questions
  • No scaffolding is provided for the various activities