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A Brief History of Democracy: Where'd The Right to Vote Come From?

Clark Vandeventer
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(644)
Ancient Greece, the Declaration of Independence, and Tiananmen Square: A 5 Week Survey Course on the whole idea of Democracy

Class experience

US Grade 5 - 8
Students will know some of the key moments and figures in the history of democracy and they'll have a basic understanding of how history has unfolded from Ancient Greece to the modern world.
2002 graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with a bachelor of science degree in political science and history, with an emphasis on American history. Former Intercollegiate Studies Institute Honors Fellow. Lifelong student of history. Former deputy director of the historic home of former United States President Ronald Reagan.

We live in a big and fascinating world and one of my goals with my classes is to help kids develop an interest and appreciation for the world around them and different cultures. My classes draw from my own experiences as a world traveler. I've visited and lived abroad in twenty-two countries. I also have several years of experience in working with students as a teacher and mentor and look forward to having the opportunity to invest in the life of your learner. I love teaching but more than anything I love investing in the lives of young people and bringing them along on a journey.
Homework Offered
Assessments Offered
Parents looking for materials to submit as work assignments are always happy with the materials I provide.
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Students will be provided with a detailed syllabus at the beginning of the course and weekly notes with additional links and videos. so they can continue their own research or discuss these items with their parents. Parents looking for materials to submit as work assignments are always happy with the materials I provide.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Democracy is a big idea! And there are some crazy moments in the history of democracy that require some heavy conversation. Parents should be aware that particularly in weeks four and five of this class that we get into discussions of African American voter suppression in the United States, South African Apartheid, and limits to freedom of speech and expression in modern China. We also use a third party program called Nearpod in this class. Students should login to Nearpod prior to coming to class each week.
Noe of this material is required for class, but I have pulled from these sources, among others, to create the content of this course. Students wishing to go deeper in any area of this course would benefit from these sources.

A Companion to Greek Democracy and the Roman Republic
by Dean Hammer 

A Companion to the Political Culture of the Roman Republic
by Valentina Arena (Editor), Jonathan R. W. Prag (Editor), Andrew Stiles (Co-editor)

The Magna Carta

The Iroquois Confederacy: Its Political System, Military System, Marriages, Divorces, Property Rights, etc.
by Rufus Blanchard

The Mayflower Compact

Declaration of Independence

Constitution of the United States

The Vote, PBS Documentary, An American Experience

Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Invictus, Film by Clint Eastwood

The Gate of Heavenly Peace documentary film produced by Richard Gordon and Carma Hinton

Tiananmen and Beyond: After the Massacre, Wuer Kaixi, Journal of Democracy
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(644)
Hello, I'm Clark, and I'm thrilled to be your child's guide on an exciting journey through social studies, geography, history and the humanities. As a passionate educator, I've developed my classes specifically for an online, virtual classroom. I... 
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for 5 classes
1x per week, 5 weeks
55 min

Completed by 12 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 10-15
4-14 learners per class

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