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May 01, 2014

What is a Democracy?

Grade Level:



In this lesson, students will identify essential components of a functioning democracy. They will be presented with “borderline” countries – hypothetical nations that exhibit some, but not all, of the characteristics of a democracy. Through discussion and group work, students will expand their understanding of democracy and see different manifestations of democratic practices.

Time needed:

45-60 minutes


Materials required:

What is a Democracy? Lesson Plan

What is a Democracy? Handouts 1 & 2


National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, National Council for the Social Studies:

Theme 6: Power, Authority, and Governance

Theme 10: Civic Ideals and Practices