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Working to Keep Your Freedom What Can I Do? Following Your Responsibilities as a Citizen Staying Involved Encouraging Others to Learn & Participate The Key to Representative Democracy

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Encouraging Others to Learn & Participate

Our system of government is a representative democracy, meaning the more people who are informed and involved in the governing process, the better our representatives can represent us.  Encouraging others to learn about our government and understand the issues it faces is very important.  Talk to your friends about these issues.  Encourage them to find out who their representatives are and discover ways they can make their views known to their representatives.

Our government is constantly changing –– the ideals remain the same, but the problems and the people change.  Our government will have to meet many challenges to keep our country independent and prosperous.  It is up to you, as a citizen of our next generation of leaders, to be ready to take your leadership position in our system of government.  Remember, good government begins with you!

What can you do to encourage others to learn about and participate in our government?

Put an X in the text box next to the correct statement on the attached worksheet.

After completing the attached worksheet, discuss all of the options listed with your teacher and classmates.


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A citizen's failure to participate in government can allow special interests to take control and will also have an impact on our ability to live comparatively trouble free lives.

*Citizenship section select ideas derived from Citizenship, Learning to Live as Responsible Citizens, published by Good Apple, Inc.

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