Vote Democracy!

Lesson Plans and Film Modules

In this lesson, students will consider the qualities that exist in a democracy and how different people would define democracy. They will create their own media expressions of what the concept means to them. (Includes 1 film module)

From the film Please Vote for Me

This lesson examines the political party system in the U.S. and in other democracies, especially the participation of independent parties. (Includes 1 film module)

From the film An Unreasonable Man

This lesson focuses on the mechanics of political campaigns, from campaign team roles to skills and strategies. (includes 2 film modules)

From the films Please Vote for Me and An Unreasonable Man

This lesson takes a global look at the range of democratic governments in different countries, from new and transitional democratic systems to more established ones. (includes 1 film module)

From the film Iron Ladies of Liberia

In this lesson, students will discuss and research the impact of prominent women who have led, challenged and shaped both the ideas and practices of democracies around the world. (includes 1 film module)

From the film Iron Ladies of Liberia

This activity takes a look at how dissent is manifested in American democracy and gives students an opportunity to share their own voice on controversial issues. (includes 2 film modules)

From the film Chicago 10

In this lesson, students will critically view and analyze media, learning how images, especially in documentary filmmaking, are constructed. (includes 2 film modules)

From the film Chicago 10

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About this collection

Introduce thought-provoking perspectives on the changing nature of democracy with four documentaries: An Unreasonable Man, Chicago 10, Iron Ladies of Liberia, and Please Vote for Me. From a class election among eight year olds in China, to Africa’s first female president tasked with reviving Liberia, from the Chicago conspiracy trial, to a closer look at consumer activist Ralph Nader, the Vote Democracy! collection’s film modules, lesson plans, and activities explore democracy abroad, elections, gender, and media literacy.

Subject Areas: Government, Political Science, Social Studies, Current Events, Language Arts, Debate, Ethnic Studies, Sociology