Democracy Lesson Plan

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Use this lesson plan to introduce your students to democracy. Students will watch a video lesson, discuss variations of democracy, and take part in a real-world democracy activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define democracy
  • describe and differentiate between different types of democracy


60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.


  • Begin the lesson by asking students to describe what democracy means. They will have some predispositions of democracy, so it's a good idea to get a feel for what they are.
  • Play the lesson What Is Democracy? - Definition & Explanation. Pause at 0:30 and discuss the following questions:
    • What is democracy?
    • What are the different types of democracy? What makes them unique?
  • Restart the lesson and pause at 2:03. Discuss the following questions:
    • How did democracy work in ancient Greece?
    • Were there drawbacks to this form of democracy? What were they?
  • Play the remainder of the video. Discuss:
    • How does the modern United States democracy work?
    • What type of democracy is this? Are there any elements of other types of democracy?
    • What type of democracy does the modern United Kingdom have? How does it work?
  • Ask if there are any questions before moving on.

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