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The Key to Representative Democracy

Who holds the key to representative democracy?  You do, it's really true!  As a citizen you must participate in order for democracy to work. 

Gather all the addresses of your local, state, and national representatives and put them to work for you.  Let your leaders in your representative democracy hear from you about issues around you.

Listed on the attached worksheet are some ideas about good citizenship to help you get started.  Enter your answers in the text boxes provided.  Remember, participation is the key to representative democracy!

After completing the attached worksheet, discuss with your teacher and classmates.


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Democracy is about the use of power and the management of conflict. It requires a set of political institutions and processes based on the principles of popular control over public decisions and decision makers, and equality of respect and voice between citizens in the exercise of that control.

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

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