Social Studies

Introduction to Democracy

Understand the key ideas behind our system of government and how they originated in Ancient Greece
Susan Cotton
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55 minutes

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Class Experience

Students will learn about the structure of our government and some important ideas that went into creating our government.  We will look at the Constitution as a founding document and also at how ideas from Greece and Great Britain informed the development of our own system of government.
This class is a short introduction to something that impacts our lives each day.  The class will provide information in ways that meet all learners (through visuals, reading, discussion and practice) so that each student will walk away with a better understanding of our democracy.
Before class, students should read two one-page articles.
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Handouts with the articles will be available as soon as students sign up for this course. They will also need a notebook or paper during the class to record key ideas and vocabulary. An optional vocabulary practice page is also provided to help students practice key vocabulary.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Learner progress is assessed based on responses in the chat and verbally.  Because this class is a one-time class, I will modify the class on the fly based on responses from the students.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
There is no sensitive or political content in this class.  All information is historical.
During the class students will be introduced to the Constitution through a short video by History Illustrated and will read two articles written by me and pulling from a variety of source material including:
1.  The National Archives ( 
2.  The Library of Congress (  
3.  National Geographic (
4.  History for kids (

Students will look closely at a court case, Board of Education v. Bridget Mergens, to better understand the First Amendment and the roles of the Court and Legislature.  That source material is the transcript of the court proceeding ( and analysis by The First Amendment Encyclopedia (  

An additional source is Alexis de Toqueville's book, "Democracy in America".


Susan Cotton
Lives in the United States
Experienced teacher ready to engage learners!
61 total reviews
52 completed classes

About Me

I have been an educator for 26 years.  I have taught privately and in the public schools - every subject and every age from 5-12.  I love teaching and learning!  I'm especially passionate about Literature, Writing, and History.  I'm a lifelong... 
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