Democracy and Its Influence: Origins


World Cultures Government and Economics Democracy and Its Influence: Origins
Students consider what they know about democracy and explore the historical origins in Greece. They consider the influence of democracy in the United States and France. Then they describe limited governments and explain the reasons for limiting governmental control. Finally, based on a Churchill quote, they explain whether democracy is the best form of government.

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In this experience, students consider what they know about democracy and explore the historical origins in Greece. They look at the influence of democracy in the United States and France. Then they describe limited governments and explain the reasons for limiting governmental control. Finally, based on a Churchill quote, they explain whether democracy is the best form of government.

The student pack includes an optional video, What did democracy really mean in Athens? 

Objectives:

  • Identify the origins of democratic forms of government.
  • Describe the influence of democracy on various societies.
  • Describe constitutional (limited) government.
  • Identify reasons for limiting power of government.


You have probably heard the word democracy many times in your lifetime. But where did this form of government come from—and how has that form of government played a role in history? That’s what you’ll explore in this experience.

 

Objectives:

  • Identify the origins of democratic forms of government.
  • Describe the influence of democracy on various societies.
  • Describe constitutional (limited) government.
  • Identify reasons for limiting power of government.




What words or phrases do you think of when you hear the word democracy? To list more than one idea, separate them with a comma, like this: hour, week.

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As a class, without your teacher telling you anything, see if you can come up with a definition or a list of features of a democracy. 


Write your definition or features below.



Give students a few minutes to brainstorm and then discuss their definitions or lists. Tell students to keep those in mind as you explore the origins and influence of democracy.


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