Autocracy is a form of government in which the political power is held by a single self-appointed ruler who holds all the political power. In a democracy, the extreme control is held by the people under a free electoral method.
See how many different forms of government you can name. Think about why there are different forms of government.
Define the following terms and think about their characteristics: direct democracy, representative democracy, republic, monarchy, oligarchy, and autocracy.
Divide a group of your friends into six groups. Assign each group one of the terms listed above. Instruct each group to find at least one example of the form of government they have been assigned and to research how well this government worked, why it failed or succeeded, and what its primary characteristics and achievements were. After the research is finished, present your findings to everyone.