Lesson Plan

Insights on Democracy from South Africa

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As part of their study of democracy, high schoolers listen to a podcast featuring two South African educators and their efforts to support the process of transforming the nation from apartheid rule into a democracy. Learners also read and discuss quotations from other South Africans about how citizens have come to understand and practice democracy.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Create a listening guide for the eight-minute podcast to help keep listeners focused
  • Pause the audio frequently to check for understanding as well as to permit listeners to ask a question and to take notes
  • Have groups investigate different types of democracies
Classroom Considerations
  • Fourth of eight lessons in the "What Makes Democracy Work?" Election 2020 series
  • In addition to the 9-minute podcast, the packet includes discussion questions
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