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What Makes Democracy Work?

Explore this collection of lesson plans that cover a wide range of themes related to democracy, including citizen power and civic participation, the rule of law, the role of a free press, and more.

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Language

English — US

Subject

  • Civics & Citizenship
  • History

Grade

8–12
  • Democracy & Civic Engagement

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About This Collection

In today’s world, political and social tensions, eroding trust in institutions, and rising incidents of hatred and bigotry make it more essential than ever to reflect on the importance of democracy and the choices and institutions that help it function. Use this collection of lessons, audio interviews, and blog posts to teach your students about the fundamentals of democracy and the importance of engaged citizenship.

The lessons in this collection explore a wide range of themes related to democracy, including: citizen power and civic participation, the rule of law, the role of a free press, and more. Many lessons feature audio interview clips and optional extensions.

This collection is designed to be flexible. You can use all of the resources or choose a selection best suited to your classroom. It includes:

  • 9 lessons 
  • 8 audio recordings

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