Cover page of Fundamentals of Democracy bookletFundamentals of Representative Democracy

Lesson Plans for High School Civics, Government, and U.S. History Classes

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  • Appreciating Democracy
  • How Lawmakers Decide
  • What Makes Lawmakers Tick?

These lessons about the fundamentals of representative democracy are designed mainly for civics and American government courses taught at the high-school level. They can also be used in American history courses. The lessons relate to core themes that lie at the very center of American government and politics, and practically every lesson needs to be built on it. They are adapted to state standards for civics and government.

The project is sponsored by the Alliance for Representative Democracy, a partnership of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), the Center for Civic Education (CCE), and the Center on Congress at Indiana University (CCIU).

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Updated August 20, 2009


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