We are continually updating these resources to help facilitate meaningful discussions with students and communities after a mob of domestic terrorists infiltrated the U.S. Capitol trying to impede the election certification in Washington, DC, and to put a focus on how crucial the foundations of democracy are to the preservation of a functional government.
Exploring the Foundations of Democracy and Government
Wondering what makes a democracy tick? Share My Lesson’s Foundations of Democracy collection provides access to lesson plans, resources and professional development for educators to help students understand what democracy is and why it is so important. This newly updated collection explores the idea of democracy and seeks to answer questions like:
- What is the rule of law and how does it play out in a democracy?
- What is federalism, and how does it work in the United States?
- What systems attempt to limit government power?
- What are the core principles and ideals of democracy?
- How can we help students be informed citizens?
- What do democracies look like in other parts of the world?
Strengthening the Foundations of Democracy
Following 2016, the concept of a healthy democracy has been placed in a precarious position, and this curated collection of free preK-12 resources has been organized to inspire your students and communities to be active, informed citizens. Looking to learn more beyond the foundations of democracy? Explore our other collection on civic education and elections and find more in the related resources below.
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Sign the Democracy Declaration
Join educators in pre-K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and representatives of schools across the United States in signing the Democracy Declaration! Each individual freedom depends on the freedom to vote.