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Global Schools Project



Democracy vs. Dictatorships in Latin America

Civics& Government, Political Science, Human Rights

Grades 09 through 12

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Abstract: The students will learn the differences between democracy and dictatorial regimes. Students will gain awareness about the countries of Latin America that have been ruled by dictators.  They will also draw comparisons to democratic societies where human beings have equal rights and opportunities.  Finally, students will be able to analyze the advantages and disadvantages of both systems.

Curriculum Standards: Time, Continuity and Change; People, Places and Environment; Individuals, Groups and Institutions; Power, Authority and Governance; Production, Distribution and Consumption; Global Connections; Civic Ideals and Practices

Geographic Focus: International

Class Periods*:

Author: Luis Diaz

Related Files: Lesson Plan | Multiple Attachments | Download All Files As .ZIP

*based on a 55-minute class period.




Global Schools Project

Global Schools Lesson Plans

Department of Secondary Education

Social Studies Education


Lesson Plans

The following links provide entry to the Lesson Plans developed by the Global Schools Project Fellows. Most all of the plans can be infused into middle or high schools social studies courses to provide interdisciplinary, global education perspectives to your students.

Although categorized by the following headings, many of the lesson plans would meet multiple state or NCSS Thematic standards.




Human Rights

Politics/International Relations

Social Studies General


The lesson plans can be downloaded by going to one of the above areas and selecting the plan.





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