Democracy: Citizenship and Community Responsibility
These sites provide information about democracy. Learn about origin of democracy, the rights and responsibilities of government and citizens, and democracy process. Ideas for classroom activities, images, video clips, and audios are included. There are links to eThemes Resources on U.S. Presidents, Elections for Elementary Students, Elections for Upper Grades, Government: Democratic and Communist, and Jury Duty.
This is an interactive site that helps students to learn about about the meaning of democracy, democracy process the United States, and impacts of democracy. NOTE: Flash player is requited for this site.
The Greeks. The Founders of Democracy?
Find out if the Greeks should be given the title and credit for being the 'founders' of democracy by answering questions and reading information from the Internet resources provided in the site. Note: This site has links to external websites.
Ben's Guide to Government
This section of the Web site explains how people can become citizens. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to read about right and responsibilities of citizens.
Scholastic: Democracy Plaza
This site provides classroom activities for students to learn about and practice their rights and responsibilities in democracy society. Click on left menu to find more about other activities.
PBS: The Democracy Project
This site provides an interactive environment for students to learn about being the president, how government affects people, and the voting process. Classroom resources are included.
What Does American Democracy Mean to Me?
Read or listen to an excerpt of the 1939 speech made by Mary McLeod Bethune, a prominent educator and leading civil right figure in the New Deal era. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Vote: The Machinery of Democracy
This site provides an interactive exhibition to show an evolution of voting methods in the United States. Click "Launch the Flash Interactive Exhibition" for the interactive mode. Images of ballots related equipments and voting scenarios are included.
What Responsibilities Accompany our Rights?
Citizens have rights and responsibilities in preserving those rights. This is a discussion activity to do with the class about those responsibilities.
Congress for Kids: Democracy
Learn about a history of democracy in the United States. Includes a game for each topic.
Lesson Plan: Citizenship
This nine-page PDF lesson plan has a series of activities aimed for teaching concepts of citizenship, rights, responsibilities, bystander, patriotism, and democracy.
eThemes Resource: Jury Duty
Learn about jury duty through these sites. Find out how the jury system was developed in America and about new reforms in court trials and jury duty. Includes lesson plans, quizzes, and in class activities. There are links to eThemes Resources on U.S. Government: Judicial Branch and U.S. Court of Appeals.
eThemes Resource: Government: Democratic and Communist
Learn about two different types of government: democratic and communist. Learn the philosophy of communism and the history of its development. Find out what countries have democratic and communist/socialist government. Discover how the economy influences the course of a countries' development. There is a link to an eThemes resource on democracy and community responsibility. Includes photographs, maps, video, lesson plans, and quotes on communism of Carl Marx, Frederick Engels, and Mao Zedong.
eThemes Resource: U.S. Presidents
These sites have biographies of the presidents of the United States and their wives. Includes information about election trivia, debates, and inaugural addresses, plus some online games.
eThemes Resource: Elections for Elementary Students
These sites for younger students explain how primaries, caucuses, and general elections work. Find out the reason why people vote and learn how a single vote can make a difference. Includes an image of a sample ballot for the 2004 presidential primaries.
eThemes Resource: Elections for Upper Grades
These sites for older students explain the process of primaries, caucuses, and general elections. Learn about the electoral college and how many electoral votes each state can cast. Take an interactive survey to find out which 2004 presidential candidate has views that are most similar to yours. Includes videos of campaign ads from previous elections.
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