Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Democracy, and supports the standard of analyzing values and principles of democracy. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Display the an image of a person voting, like this one: 

 

Ask: 

  • What is this person doing?
  • What does this have to do with democracy?

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description on the Democracy topic page
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding.
  • Have students read one of the three Related Reading articles. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: ENGAGE
Students express what they learned about democracy while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.    

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a PSA about the importance of voting and other actionable ways to  participate in a democracy. (Essential Literacy Skill: Summarize key details)
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map comparing and contrasting direct and representative democracies. (Essential Literacy Skill: Determine central ideas)
  • Creative Coding: Code a flag that represents democratic values. (Essential Literacy Skill: Make logical inferences from explicit details)
  • Primary Source Activity: Listen to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s radio address and cite evidence to answer the questions. (Essential Literacy Skill: Evaluate content presented in diverse media)

Step 4: APPLY & ASSESS 

Apply: Students take the Democracy Challenge, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Democracy Quiz.

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

Related BrainPOP Topics: Deepen understanding of democracy with these topics: Athens and Magna Carta.

Additional Support Resources:

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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