Core Content unit "Our Democracy" - Vocabulary and Content - Distance Learning

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Meet your content and literacy standards at the same time!

You get:

-Four grade level passages

-Four days of lesson plans to teach the vocabulary and concepts

-Independent practice pages

-Materials for Interactive practice

-Assessments (with rubrics and answer keys!)


For more practice with these vocabulary terms, check out the Our Democracy Word Search and Crossword Puzzle!

Our Democracy Word Search and Crossword Puzzle!


This unit contains four original passages (three non-fiction and one fiction) that teach essential Civics content of Our Democracy. The first article introduces students to ideas behind a democracy, and the second article builds students' knowledge about the three branches of government. The third passage is a fiction passage that contains more information about the branches of government and the separation of powers, and the final article helps students compare modern democracy with democracy in Ancient Greece.

Lesson plans for teaching the academic vocabulary and concepts are included, including a lesson on using context clues to build meaning of words. Other lesson plans give students an opportunity to discuss the concept of democracy, and to practice the target vocabulary (government, democracy, legislative, executive, judicial, representative, system, separate, maintain, exist, essential and nourish).

Wide reading of non-fiction texts is an essential shift in the Common Core, and this text set will help you and your students achieve that goal. These passages are at a Lexile between 800 - 1100, making them most appropriate for fourth and fifth grade students. In about 20 minutes a day, you will increase your students' knowledge about key content and their academic vocabulary!

These passages are short enough to use in a variety of ways - close reading, supplements to your social studies curriculum, center activities, bell ringers, jig-saw..... The opportunities are as endless as the needs of your students!

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Total Pages
25 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal contrast, addition, and other logical relationships (e.g., however, although, nevertheless, similarly, moreover, in addition).
Use context (e.g., cause/effect relationships and comparisons in text) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.


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