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What Did Democracy Really Mean in Athens?

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Did you know elections only played a small role in Athenian democracy? Take a look at the fascinating origins of Athenian direct democracy in ancient Greece, and compare their political structures to our understanding of representative...
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Democracy

For Teachers 9th - 12th
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...
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Big Ideas that Changed the World: Democracy (Part 1/5)

For Teachers 9th - 12th
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...
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Big Ideas that Changed the World: Democracy (Part 5/5)

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The series ends with the narrator's statements of conviction: �The human race (is) like survivors in a life boat with one loaf of bread. There are only three ways of distributing it: you sell it so the rich gobble it up, fight for it so...
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Absolute Monarchy v Democracy

For Students 7th - 9th
Put your learners into groups to compare the differences and similarities in Absolute Monarchy and Democracy. This useful handout includes three rows: one for the seven functions of a Monarchy, and two for political comparison. An answer...
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Turning Points in History - Democracy in Greece

For Teachers 9th - 12th
This brief overview, narrated by James Walker, traces the development of democracy from ancient Greece through the Iroquois ConfederacyÕs constitution, called The Great Law of Peace, to the present. Walker urges viewers to learn about...
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Why Socrates Hated Democracy

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
What would our country look like if only the educated could vote? Modern democracy is not an intellectual democracy, but a democracy by birthright — much to the chagrin of Socrates. An informative video briefly discusses the...
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An Introduction to Alexis De Tocqueville’s Democracy In America

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Alexis de Tocqueville wanted to establish a successful democracy in France, so he turned to the newest example of democracy available in the early nineteenth century: the young American government. Learn more about the observations from...
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An Introduction to Robert Dahl's Democracy and Its Critics

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
In the words of Abraham Lincoln, "Government of the people, for the people, and by the people shall not perish from the Earth." A video summary of Robert Dahl's Democracy and Its Critics, part of a larger playlist on the world's greatest...
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Putin: 'No way back' from democracy

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Imagine a meeting between President Bush and Putin. Get your class thinking about global awareness, democracy, and totalitarian modes of government. They examine how two leaders approach major governmental issues and run their countries...
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The Importance of Representative Democracy

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers examine the general concept of representative democracy, and compare/contrast the American representative democracy to the monarchical system. They research the role of legislative bodies in serving the government,...
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Demonstrating an Understanding the Evolution of Democracy in the United States

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore how democracy in the United States changed and evolved from its birth to the present. They participate in a mock testing environment. Students write a multi-tasked essay on American government and politics.
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Constitution Lecture 4: Democracy or Republic?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Part four defines oligarchy, monarchy, republic, and democracy. Each type of government is defined in terms of its linguistic and historical origins and how rights are granted in each form of government. Give your upper graders a clear...
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Cradle of Democracy

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
After learning about the development of democracy in ancient Athens and Rome with an informational text, your young historians will complete a Venn diagram comparing the two cities' versions of democracy.
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Doing Democracy

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
How do you explain democracy to a middle school classroom? A social studies resource breaks elections and the democratic process down for your class. Discussion questions, worksheets, activities that build critical thinking skills, and a...
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Liberty and Democracy for All?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students consider what they already know about democracy and examine how viable democracy is for Middle Eastern nations such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
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Democracy in Action

For Teachers 6th - 12th
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.
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Democracy Class

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers examine the voting process.  For this democracy lesson, students watch a video about the history of voting rights, discuss voting concerns of young voters, learn how to register to vote and hold a mock election.
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Democracy, Authoritarian Capitalism, and China: Crash Course World History 230

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Is democracy on the rise, or is it declining worldwide? Take a look at Crash Course World History's take on the state of global democracy when compared to the governments of Singapore, China
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The Role of Citizens in a Participatory Democracy

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
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...
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Minorities in a Democracy

For Teachers 8th - 12th
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.
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Puritan Massachusetts: Theocracy or Democracy?

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Was Puritan society governed as more of a theocracy or democracy? After comparing and contrasting a series of primary source documents, middle and high schoolers form small groups and debate the question.
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Democracy Sense

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students define democracy and distinguish representative from direct or pure democracy. Then, with the focus on representative government, students will discuss and trace voting patterns in the United States.
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A Literature of Democracy

For Teachers 12th
Read excerpts from Ralph Waldo Emerson's speech "American Scholar" to address and analyze passages from American literary works. Seniors will discuss three quotations from the text and read excerpts from the address. They then work in...

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