AP Government Part I: Theories of Democracy

AP Government Part I: Theories of Democracy
AP Government Part I: Theories of Democracy
AP Government Part I: Theories of Democracy
AP Government Part I: Theories of Democracy
AP Government Part I: Theories of Democracy
AP Government Part I: Theories of Democracy
AP Government Part I: Theories of Democracy
AP Government Part I: Theories of Democracy
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AP Government Part I: Theories of Democracy

This is Part I of our series for A.P. Government. I’ve used the two major textbooks to cover chapter 1 of James Wilson’s American Government, and Government in America by Edwards, Wattenberg, and Lineberry. Included in this lesson:

• What is the government?
• Public policy
• How does government impact us?
• What is politics?
• Three branches of government
• Political power
• Authority
• Political legitimacy
• Debates over political power introduction
• Athenian democracy
• Direct-democracy
• Democracy Aristotle “rule of the many”
• Republic – Representative democracy
• Why is America a republic?
• Framers / Founding Fathers view of democracy
• Expansion of democracy
• Traditional / participatory democracy
• Robert Dahl’s Key Principles for Democracy
• Majority rule vs. minority rights
• Three contemporary theories of democracy:
• Pluralism
• Elite democracy
• Plutocracy
• Citizens United (intro)
• Hyperpluralism
• Madison’s Federalist Essay #10
• Voter apathy
• & More

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• Completed lesson plan with step-by-step instructions and additional activities
• PowerPoint Presentation
• Worksheet
• Quiz
• Flipped classroom video
• Guided notetaking file
• Primary Source Quote Analysis
• Smartboard Activity
• Additional Activities

Check out the YouTube video that goes with this lesson @ Mr. Raymond’s Civics & Social Studies Academy YouTube channel:
AP Government Part I: Theories of Democracy

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Benchmarks / Standards: College Board

LO A.1.A: Compare how models of representative democracy are visible in major institutions, policies, events, or debates in the U.S.
EK 1.A.1.b: Representative democracies can take several forms along this scale:
• Participatory democracy, which emphasizes broad participation in politics and civil society
• Pluralist democracy, which recognizes group-based activism by non-governmental interests striving for impact on political decision making
• Elite democracy, where decisions are made by elected representatives acting as trustees
EK 1.A.1.d: The three models of representative democracy continue to be reflected in contemporary institutions and political behavior
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