Lesson Plan

Is Democracy in Decline?

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Has democracy outlived its usefulness? Pundits debate the topic, and now pupils weigh in, too. A reading on how democracy may be on the decline around the world, along with a structured conversation guideline, help guide scholars through a prickly question. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the article and prompts to discuss whether democracy is in danger
  • Adapt the civil conversation model to create other discussions
Classroom Considerations
  • Learners may need some background in the forms of government in other parts of the world
  • Reading pays close attention to young people's attitudes toward democracy, making the lesson relevant
  • Both reading and conversation structure work in other lessons
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