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

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 creative 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 below the Movie player.
  • 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: APPLY
Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a PSA about the importance of voting and other actionable ways to  participate in a democracy.  
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map comparing and contrasting direct and representative democracies. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a flag that represents democratic values. 

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about democracy. Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • Where can you see democratic values reflected in your community? 
  • Why is it important for citizens to participate in democracy? 

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Democracy Challenge

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

Deepen understanding of democracy by listening to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s radio broadcast in this Primary Source activity 

Unearth the roots of democracy by exploringBrainPOP’s Athens topic.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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