Defining Democracy

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For democracies, it is both the best and the worst of times. As part of a study of the challenges facing democracies, young political scientists seek first to define democracy, and then to consider the relationship between democracy and community.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups research the many types of democracies (including the United State's representative democracy) and share their findings with the class
Classroom Considerations
  • The second of eight lessons in the What Makes Democracy Work series
  • Requires individual copies of the two readings
  • Requires access to a dictionary
  • The packet includes discussion questions and links to the required readings
  • None