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Which subjectNo subject
What age groupYear or Grade 10
What topicDemocracy
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Setting the Stage

As students file into the classroom, they are greeted with a scene that is unusual for a typical classroom setting. The desks and chairs have been rearranged, and a large space has been cleared in the center of the room. At the front of the room, a speaker system has been set up.

As students take their seats, the teacher addresses the class:

"Good morning, class. Today we will be discussing democracy. But before we dive into the topic, we're going to start off with a little exercise."

Activating Prior Knowledge

The teacher directs students to stand up and move their desks and chairs to the edges of the room. Once this is done, they are asked to gather in the center of the room.

The teacher cues up a recording of the national anthem and asks everyone to stand with their right hand over their heart. After the anthem finishes, the teacher begins to lead the class in the Pledge of Allegiance.

As a group, the class pledges to uphold democratic values in their community and country.

Introducing Democracy

Once the Pledge of Allegiance is completed, the teacher introduces the concept of democracy. The teacher explains that democracy is a system of government in which the people have a say in how they are governed.

The teacher asks for examples of democratic actions or institutions that the students may be familiar with, such as voting in elections, participating in protests, or having a free press.


The teacher concludes the lesson by emphasizing the importance of democracy as a way to promote equality, freedom, and the rule of law. The teacher encourages the students to reflect on how they can be active citizens and participate in democratic processes in their own lives.