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Foundations of Democracy and Government: Lessons and Resources
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Exploring the Foundations of Democracy and Government 

Ever wondered about the perfect way to introduce your students to the intriguing world of democracy? Well, Share My Lesson has you covered! Dive into our special collection of K-12 resources all about the foundations of democracy. It's curated with content that is both engaging for students and handy for educators like you.

First up, we'll take a journey back in time to explore the roots of democracy. How did the concept even start, and where did it come from? Prepare for an exciting adventure through ancient city-states and their bold visions for people power.

But democracy isn’t just a history lesson; it's also about principles that shape our lives today. Ever heard of the phrase 'rule of law'? It’s not just fancy words; it's a cornerstone of democratic societies. We've got resources to help students understand why rules are crucial and how they help maintain fairness.

For those teaching in the U.S., you know that our brand of democracy has its unique flavor. That's why this collection dives deep into federalism in the United States. How do states and the federal government share powers? Why was it designed this way? Our resources shed light on these questions, making federalism more understandable for young minds.

The idea of limited government might sound counterintuitive. Don't we want our government to do more? Dive into this section and discover why putting boundaries on governmental power is crucial for a thriving democratic society.

Now, onto the big ideals! The ideals of democracy are like its guiding stars. These principles, like freedom, equality and justice, are the reasons why many nations adopt a democratic form of governance. Our tools help break down these ideals, making them relatable and understandable for students.

Being a good citizen isn’t just about voting; it's about being informed. We'll tackle the importance of being an informed citizen. How does one sift through information, and why is this crucial in a democracy? This section offers tools to drive home the importance of staying updated and discerning.

Lastly, do your students know there’s more than one type of democracy? Dive into the types of democracy section and discover the different ways people around the world practice democracy.

So, gear up, educators! Our collection promises a vibrant journey through the foundations of democracy. With these resources at your fingertips, molding informed and curious future citizens has never been easier.

Sample Resources
Freedom of the Press
Lesson

Freedom of the Press

Lesson Plan | Grades 9-12

ASSESSING THE STRENGTH OF DEMOCRACY
Lesson

ASSESSING THE STRENGTH OF DEMOCRACY

Handout, Worksheet | Grades 6-12

Resources

Constitution 101: Module 6: Separation of Powers and Federalism
Lesson

Constitution 101: Module 6: Separation of Powers and Federalism

Activity, Review Activity, Worksheet | Grades 9-12

Rule of Law for All Curriculum
Lesson

Rule of Law for All Curriculum

Handout, Worksheet | Grades 7-12

The First Amendment Protections of Free Speech
Lesson

The First Amendment Protections of Free Speech

Activity, Article, Handout, Lesson Plan, Presentation, Worksheet | Grades 10-12

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How Does Local and State Government Impact Your Life?
Lesson

How Does Local and State Government Impact Your Life?

Lesson Plan, Worksheet | Grades 9-12, Professional Development

Using Inquiry to Fortify Civic Education
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Using Inquiry to Fortify Civic Education

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Educating for Democratic Citizenship

The Shanker Institute in partnership with the American Federation of Teachers, Share My Lesson the and the AFT Innovation Fund has launched this Educating for Democratic Citizenship Project whereby a group of accomplished, experienced AFT educators have developed these Action Civics lessons and materials that we hope will improve teaching and learning of American History, Government, and Civics for teachers and students.

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