What is Democracy

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Our Democracy Lesson Plan introduces students to the concepts of democracy.  This interactive lesson defines and lists characteristics of a democracy, and gives examples of the two types of democracies while incorporating activities that solidify and genarlize understanding.

Democracy Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Democracy
  • Democracy Practice Worksheets
  • Democracy Word Problem worksheet
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels

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Description

Our Democracy Lesson Plan introduces students to the concepts of democracy.  This interactive lesson defines and lists characteristics of a democracy, and gives examples of the two types of democracies while incorporating activities that solidify and genarlize understanding.

Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction Sample:

  1. Distribute a slip of paper to each student. Tell students they have a choice of receiving a small treat from you. Ask one student from each “side” to tell why they would vote for one over the other.
  2. After the brief persuasion, ask students to write their choice on the slip of paper. No names. Collect the votes and count them aloud using a tally for display.
  3. Distribute the “winning” treat. Ask: How does it feel to be eating the treat you voted for? How does it feel to get the treat you did not vote for?
  4. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students: What is it called when everyone has a say in how things are done?
  5. Allow for responses and discussion.

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Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.5, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.5, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions.

Additional Resources:

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies