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Unit 1: Creating Democratic Classrooms

Creating Democratic Classrooms offers a series of lessons and resources that can be used as a standalone curriculum to introduce your classes to empowering new practice or as part of Issues to Action and Elections in Action. 


How Can We Create a Democratic Classroom?

Much of action civics classroom practice looks, sounds, and feels different than traditional instruction. The expectation for youth leadership and ownership of the process is a shift in teacher-student dynamics. The centrality of youth voice and youth choice is also a shift. And the engagement with the larger community beyond the classroom in authentic democratic experiences is most definitely a new experience for most students (and teachers).

This single-unit curriculum provides a necessary on-ramp for you and your students to create the foundation to engage successfully in action civics learning. You will build your class foundation on the following question:

How will we be together?

You need to create the “container” to hold successful action civics learning, which is what this curriculum is all about. We strongly encourage you make the time to build this foundation and nurture it throughout the year.

Democracy is a verb.

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