Subject: Social Studies

Lesson Length: 40 - 45 mins

Topic: Democracy

Grade Level: 5

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will explore ways in which citizens can participate in the democratic process in the United States.

Know Before You Start:

  • Students should understand what a Democracy is and that the United States is a Representative Democracy. 
  • Students should know the terms:
    • Democracy.
    • Politics.
    • Representative democracy.
    • Democratic process.


  • Read and discuss the sample comic.
    • Have you ever gone with a parent to vote?
    • What was it like?
  • Ask students if they have ever participated in a democratic process at school. 
  • Lead a discussion about the different ways students can get involved at school. 
  • Discuss similarities and differences between school involvement and citizen involvement in the democratic process of the United States.

Activity: Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a one-panel comic demonstrating a way they can participate in the democratic process in the United States.


  • Have students print or digitally post their comics. 
  • Have students work together in teams to categorize each participatory activity as something that is done at the local, national, and/or federal levels.


  • Provide visuals and definitions of terms to know.
  • Display examples of ways students can participate in the democratic process and allow students to choose one to illustrate.


  • Comic to print or display: Comic.