This resource includes a short reading passage about the origins of many of the words we associate with democracy and its processes, such as elections. The text also briefly covers the development of the English language, and the relatively minor role Old English plays in the lexicon of government vocabulary. This resource can be used anywhere, as it does not concentrate on any particular country.
The text is one and a half pages in length and is concluded with an an open-ended question. It is accompanied by one student work page with vocabulary and comprehension questions. An answer key is provided for this page.
A list of 34 words associated with democracy and elections is also included for a “word origin challenge”. This activity is a fun way to help students realize how varied English is, and how the language has borrowed from many other languages over the centuries. You may assign the students to complete this in any way that suits you best. This page is not numbered and is at the very end of this file.
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