Foundations for American Democracy


Social Studies Middle School Foundations for American Democracy
Students explore the historical origins of democracy in ancient Greece and Rome. 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 explore the historical origins of democracy in ancient Greece and Rome. 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.

The student pack includes an excellent optional video: What Did Democracy Really Mean in Athens? 

Objectives:

  • Describe democratic principles from Greece and Rome that are part of the U.S. political process.
  • Compare the democracy of the United States with other governments.


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

Objectives:

  • Describe democratic principles from Greece and Rome that are part of the U.S. political process.
  • Compare the democracy of the United States with other governments.




What words or phrases do you think of when you hear the word democracy? To list more than one, separate the words with a comma, like this: telephone, television

Post your answer

As a class, 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 without your input, and then discuss their definitions or lists. Tell students to keep those in mind as you explore the principles of democracy.


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