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  • 1. What Is Democracy?
  • 2. Democracy Every fourth of July, People across the United States celebrate freedom and democracy. You probably know what freedom means. But what is Democracy? It is a form of government in which people share power. The United States is a democracy. Government by the people!
  • 3. The Beginning of Democracy Democracy didn’t start in the United States. People in Athens, Greece had the idea. Greece is a country in Europe. Citizens in Athens were the first to take part in their Government. Democracy started in Athens more than 2,500 years ago. Citizens of ancient Athens chose community leaders and voted on laws.
  • 4. Where is Greece? Greece is in Europe
  • 5. Another look at Greece
  • 6. Can You Find Greece on a Map of Europe?
  • 7. What Did Greece Look Like?
  • 8. The Parthenon The Parthenon still stands today. Many of today’s government buildings have been built to look like Athenss ancient buildings. **Ancient means old.
  • 9. Buildings That Have Greek Architecture What is the name of this building? Where is it? Why is it important? How does it look like other buildings in Greece?
  • 10. Other Government Buildings in the United States Capitol Building in Washington D.C.
  • 11. Other Government Buildings in the United States Supreme Court Building in Washington D.C.
  • 12. Compare Greece to Washington D.C.Washington D.C. Greece
  • 13. Citizens Decide Our country is a democracy. In democracies, citizens decide what the government will do. A citizen makes decisions about local, state, and national governments. In some communities, citizens go to a town meeting to make decisions. They take turns speaking. They listen to each other’s ideas. Then they vote on what to do.
  • 14. Example I would like three students to volunteer. I would like each student to think about what we should for indoor recess if it rains. These three students will present their idea to the class. After we have heard all three options. We will take a vote! The majority wins!
  • 15. Electing Representatives In other communities citizens choose people to represent , or speak for them. Citizens do this by voting in elections. An election is the process by which citizens vote for people to represent them. Before elections, citizens ask questions. How might a leader improve our local services? Would a leader spend more money on schools? People try to learn all they can before they vote. Then the election is held. Citizens vote. The votes are counted. The person with the most votes wins the election. He or she represents the people of that town or city in local government.
  • 16. Our Classroom Can be a Democracy!
  • 17. How to Vote Register Learn more about who is running for office and what the important issues are. Watch debates on television. Read newspaper articles and talk to neighbors about the election. Vote - go to the right voting location. Mark your on a ballot and make sure you didn’t make a mistake. Then turn in your vote.
  • 18. Build a lego model that represents democracy Government by the people Greek architecture Ancient Greece Government buildings The Declaration of Independence Constitution Levels of government Branches of government
  • 19. References Wikipedia: Parthenon, 10 May 2012 (Retrieved 11 May 2012) Retrieved Wikipedia: Parthenon, 9 May 2012 (Retrieved 11 May 2012) Retrieved Wikipedia: United States Capitol, 10 May 2012 (Retrieved 11 May Retrieved 2012) Wikipedia: Supreme Court of the United States, 6 May 2012 (Retrieved 11 May 2012) Retrieved Clip Art Credit: Phillip Martin - Ancient Greek Government, City-States, for Teachers Viola, Herman, and Carlos Cortes. Social Studies: Our Democracy Teachers Edition (Georgia. 1st. ed. 1. Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton-Mifflin, 2006. 47-59. Print. Blog. Maps of World 26, February 2010