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Civics - 9th

Lesson Title: Introduction to Civics

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know the definition and importance of civics
  • Understand the basic principles of democracy
  • Can explain the roles and responsibilities of citizens in a democratic society


This lesson will be delivered through a combination of lecture, class discussions, group activities, and multimedia resources.


  • Textbooks or online resources on civics
  • Whiteboard or blackboard
  • Markers or chalk
  • Computers or tablets with internet access
  • Projector or smartboard
  • Handouts or worksheets


Activity 1: What is Civics?

1. Begin the lesson by asking students what they think civics means. Write their responses on the board.

2. Introduce the definition of civics as the study of the rights and duties of citizenship.

3. Discuss the importance of civics in a democratic society, emphasizing how it helps individuals understand their rights and responsibilities.

Activity 2: Principles of Democracy

1. Divide the class into small groups and provide each group with a set of index cards.

2. On each index card, write one principle of democracy, such as rule of law, equality, or freedom of speech.

3. In their groups, students should discuss and define the principle written on their index card.

4. Ask each group to present their principle to the class, explaining its meaning and importance.

Activity 3: Roles and Responsibilities of Citizens

1. Show a short video or use online resources to introduce the concept of citizenship and the roles and responsibilities of citizens in a democratic society.

2. Provide each student with a handout or worksheet that lists different roles and responsibilities of citizens.

3. In pairs or individually, students should read the descriptions and discuss examples of how they can fulfill each role or responsibility.

4. Facilitate a class discussion, allowing students to share their ideas and examples.


1. At the end of the lesson, distribute a short quiz or worksheet to assess students' understanding of the key concepts covered.

2. Review the quiz or worksheet together as a class, providing explanations and clarifications as needed.

3. Encourage students to ask questions and seek further clarification if necessary.

By the end of this lesson, students should have a solid understanding of the definition and importance of civics, the basic principles of democracy, and the roles and responsibilities of citizens in a democratic society.

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Common Core State Standards for Social Studies

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