Origins of Democracy

Subject: Social studies
Activity length: 45 min

To explain the concept of the democracy, to provide the examples of two characters of the democracy, to assess the positives and negatives of the political system and to work with the resources.


First step:

10 min.

  • Dixit game – the Dixit cards are spread on the table and the role of students is to choose one picture, which is the most accurate representation of the democracy..
  • Students sit on the spot.
  • Teacher asks the students to show the chosen image to the classmates and justify their choice.

Second step:

15 min

  1. Find and formulate the definition of democracy.
  2. Did you find in the text positive arguments about democracy? Share it with the class.
  3. Did you find in the text negative arguments about democracy? If not, think of one example.
  4. Indicate the difference between direct and indirect democracy.
  5. Locate in the text three arguments on the democracy.

Third step:

20 min

Method of opinion scales: One wall of the class is marked (for example using the papers) by the teacher as “ I totally agree”, the other as “ I totally disagree”. The teacher will explain the principles of the opinion scales. The closer the student stands against the wall completely agree/disagree, the more you agree/disagree with the statement to be carried attitudinal comment. Thus, if the more one agrees or disagree to the term the more is in the centre. Gradually teacher reads to students the statements listed below. After each setup of students on a scale, you will invite a few (preferably different opinion) to explain its position. If anyone wants to add their opinion, the teacher will give him word.

  1. Strong autocratic regime is better than a weak democracy.
  2. There is no room for any form of censorship in the democracy.
  3. Civil disobedience does not belong to democracy.