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Democracy is yours

Democracy is yours
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Slide 1: Tekstslide
CitizenshipUpper Secondary (Key Stage 4)Lower Secondary (Key Stage 3)

In deze les zitten 9 slides, met interactieve quizzen, tekstslides en 1 video.

time-iconLesduur is: 30 min


Equal rights, freedom and democracy cannot be taken for granted. The Second World War and the Holocaust teach us that democracy and the rule of law are indispensable for a peaceful society. It is important that we learn from this history.In this interactive method, pupils or students learn about the concept of democracy using an animated video. They experience how democracy affects their daily lives and discover how they too can contribute to protecting democracy. The short animation is inspired by the book 'On Tyranny' by history professor Timothy Snyder. The working method also contains a video in which a young person talks about what democracy means to him. His story is the starting point for a classroom discussion in which you explore the value of democracy with your students.


Tip: Watch the video yourself first and decide if you will need to pause it during the lesson for explanations.

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Democracy is yours

Slide 1 - Tekstslide

Introducing the topic

Try analysing the lesson title as a warm-up exercise with the students: is democracy actually yours?

Let's talk about democracy

Slide 2 - Tekstslide

This slide offers pupils a short description of the lesson.

You could begin by getting students to analyse the image. What might that image have to do with democracy?

In the wrap-up discussion highlight key phrases such as freedom of expression, the right to protest, rights and duties, differences of opinion.

What do you already know about democracy?

Slide 3 - Woordweb

Mind map

This interactive exercise gets students to think individually about what they already know about democracy. This activates their prior knowledge.

Discuss the words briefly. Ask students to explain words and expand on them a little.


Slide 4 - Video

Start the interactive video about democracy. It will stop at intervals for interactive questions.
Don’t forget to turn the sound on.


In a democracy …
everyone is free and equal
the same laws don’t apply to everyone
you can’t freely express what you think
you can have different opinions

Slide 5 - Quizvraag

Quiz question
A and D are the right answers.
Democracy vs Dictatorship
Everyone is equal and free
Excluding people
The same laws apply to everyone
You act as a judge
You can say what you think
Ideas are not based on facts 
Groups of people are described as dangerous
Differences of opinion are allowed
Belief in peace and cooperation
One person rules over everyone else

Slide 6 - Sleepvraag

Drag and drop question

In this interactive exercise, students individually sort features that characterise a democracy or a dictatorship.

Discuss the answers. Give particular attention to the different features of a democracy and a dictatorship.

What can you do to protect democracy?

Slide 7 - Open vraag

Open question

This interactive exercise helps students think for themselves about what you can do to protect democracy.

In the summing up discussion, consider these points: don’t follow the crowd, don’t allow yourself to be seduced by anti-democratic ideas, support organisations and people who protect/strengthen democracy, get rid of anti-democratic symbols, speak out, ask questions, don’t believe everything that is said, check the facts/sources, stay in touch.

What do you think?

Slide 8 - Tekstslide


An interactive exercise that stimulates students to reflect on what they think about various opinions/assertions.

Let the spinner pick which statement is to be discussed. Encourage students to get involved in the debate. You can ask them to stand or sit to indicate whether they agree or disagree with the opinion, or have them take a position on an imaginary line through the classroom (yes, no, or everything in between.)
(@marieke: kan je alle 4 de video's in de slide integreren ipv link?)
Want to hear what other young people say about democracy?
Watch the videos.

Slide 9 - Tekstslide

Want to show what other young people have to say about democracy?
Watch the videos with the class.