Foundations of Democracy Teacher Resources

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Standing Up for Democracy

For Students 6th - 12th
The mission of the Standing Up for Democracy unit is to bring about “a more humane, just, and compassionate society rooted in democratic values.” These 16 lessons, built on a foundation of mutual respect, tolerance, and participation,...
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Electoral College Lesson Packet

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The Constitutional Rights Foundation presents two lessons about the Electoral College. The first has scholars examine a text that provides background information about the Electoral College. Then class members engage in a role play...
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Minorities in a Democracy

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students consider diversity in democracies. In this democratic values lesson, students read an article titled, "Minorities in a Democracy." Students respond to discussion questions about the article.
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Practice Test: Colonialism and the Foundations of American Democracy

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Which document introduced the idea of limited government? What is the official beginning of the American Revolution? From the colonial period to the establishment of the Constitution, this assessment includes 40 multiple choice questions...
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A Literature of Democracy

For Teachers 12th
Read excerpts from Ralph Waldo Emerson's speech "American Scholar" to address and analyze passages from American literary works. Seniors will discuss three quotations from the text and read excerpts from the address. They then work in...
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Democracy Class

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the voting process.  In this democracy instructional activity, students watch a video about the history of voting rights, discuss voting concerns of young voters, learn how to register to vote and hold a mock election.
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Cyberbullying—Lesson Plan

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners examine cyberbullying. In this lesson on democracy, students discuss the different ways to deal with cyberbullying. They then take a position on the question of whether a democracy should allow schools to take action against off...
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Democracy in Action: Freedom Riders

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
This is a must-have resource for every social studies teacher covering the civil rights movement. Through an engaging video and detailed viewing guide, young historians learn about the Freedom Riders, and discover how everyday...
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Who Rules?

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
From a mind-mapping anticipation set to an interactive check for understanding activity, this resource is an excellent lesson on identifying major forms of government around the world and analyzing examples of real-world governments....
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A Literature of Democracy

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders analyze how American literature shows a lot of different genres. In groups, 11th graders create a short report about the passage they have chosen.
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Documents That Shape Society

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
The Bill of Rights is a foundational document of American democracy, much like the Nuremberg Laws were a foundational document of the Reichstag of Nazi Germany. But that's where their similarities end. Engage high schoolers in a...
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Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Use the historical account of Claudette Colvin to study civil rights and connect past injustices to modern issues. As learners read, they examine chapter titles, record quotes, and participate in discussion. Next, they research active...
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Constitutional Principles: Consent of the Governed

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
A government of the people, by the people, and for the people! Invite your class to really analyze the concept of consent of the governed and why it is one of the foundational principles of the United States Constitution and of...
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Jacksonian Democracy and Indian Removal

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Introduce a study of the presidency of Andrew Jackson with a lesson that uses video clips, primary source documents, group activities, and debates to examine Jackson's early life and career. The lesson focuses on the 1828 election and...
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Arlington Poster Project

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders examine the foundations of our government.  In this American Government lesson, 12th graders discuss the impact of the Magna Carta and the English Petition of Rights.  Students create a poster on the ideas of major...
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For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders research world history by researching democracy. In this dictatorship lesson, 5th graders read the story "The Composition" and identify a list of former dictators on the Internet. Students define several key terms and...
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Paths to our American Democracy

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students examine the thoughts and ideas that were the foundation of our unique democracy. In this Democratic government instructional activity, students will become acquainted with the origins and fundamentals of the US Revolutionary...
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Context Helps: The Wild Foundation

For Students 6th - 8th
In this Context Helps:  The Wild Foundation worksheet, middle schoolers read 7 words in context and write their own sentences, read a 2 1/2 page article about The Wild Foundation, use a graphic organizer to record the details, and...
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The Foundation of Western Ideas: The Ancient Hebrews and Greeks

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students analyze the political and economic structures of the Ancient Hebrews and Greeks. They identify the beliefs of Judaism and the significance of different people in the development of the religion. Examining Ancient Greece, they...
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A Recipe For Democracy - The Delicious Taste of Choice

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Children can conduct a mock senate after completing these Declaration of Independence and Constitution lesson plans.
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Comparing Foundations of Democracy

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students examine democratic values. In this democratic ideologies lesson, students discuss individual rights and rights of the group. Students also discuss the implications of the priorities made in democratic societies regarding rights.
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Citizens Together

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students examine the bill of rights as it relates to founding documents and their significance today. In this bill of rights lesson plan, students use newspapers as sources to answer critical questions regarding democratic citizenship....
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No Choice!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners investigate freedom. In this character development and U.S. history lesson, students participate in role playing in which the teacher assigns recess restrictions including whom they play with and what they play. Learners discuss...
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A Recipe for Democracy - Roman Democracy Lesson Plans

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students can take a look at the political system of Rome through Roman Democracy Lesson Plans.