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Introduction to Democracy

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Introduction to Democracy Lesson Plans


Throughout the history of mankind, few inventions have shaped and impacted the world as much as the concept of democracy. What does democracy mean? The word itself comes from its Greek roots of "popular government", from demos, "common people", and kratos, "rule". These activities will allow students to reflect on the significance of a democracy and appreciate the role that they can play in it.

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Democratic thought and the implementation of it into our modern world has resulted in a process of debate, collaboration, compromise, but most of all, freedom. Democracies allow each citizen to voice their viewpoints and opinions to society, although this freedom does come with some consequences. In a democracy, debates and political disagreements can lead to conflict and without the proper safeguards in place, societies can implode from within.


Essential Questions for Democracy

  1. What is the role of government in a democracy?
  2. What are the basic principles of a democratic government?
  3. What is the role of a citizen in a democratic government?
  4. How can I improve the community that I live in?


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•   (English) Introduction to Democratic Principles   •   (Español) Introducción a los Principios Democráticos   •   (Français) Introduction aux Principes Démocratiques   •   (Deutsch) Einführung in die Demokratischen Grundsätze   •   (Italiana) Introduzione ai Principi Democratici   •   (Nederlands) Inleiding tot de Democratische Beginselen   •   (Português) Introdução aos Princípios Democráticos   •   (עברית) מבוא עקרונות דמוקרטיים   •   (العَرَبِيَّة) مقدمة لمبادئ الديمقراطية   •   (हिन्दी) लोकतांत्रिक सिद्धांतों का परिचय   •   (ру́сский язы́к) Введение в Демократические Принципы   •   (Dansk) Introduktion til Demokratiske Principper   •   (Svenska) Introduktion Till Demokratiska Principer   •   (Suomi) Johdatus Demokratian Periaatteiden   •   (Norsk) Introduksjon til Demokratiske Prinsipper   •   (Türkçe) Demokratik İlkelere Giriş   •   (Polski) Wprowadzenie do Zasad Demokratycznych   •   (Româna) Introducere la Principiile Democratice   •   (Ceština) Úvod do Demokratických Principů   •   (Slovenský) Úvod do Demokratických Princípov   •   (Magyar) Bevezetés a Demokratikus Elvek   •   (Hrvatski) Uvod u Demokratska Načela   •   (български) Въведение в Демократичните Принципи   •   (Lietuvos) Įvadas į Demokratinių Principų   •   (Slovenščina) Uvod v Demokratičnih Načel   •   (Latvijas) Ievads Demokrātijas Principiem   •   (eesti) Sissejuhatus Demokraatlike Põhimõtete