Grade 10 Teaching Resources
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Unit One - Community Engagement
Lesson 1: Introduction to the C4 Initiative
This lesson lays the foundation and explains the C4 Initiative, where students connect with their community. The lesson begins by watching an Oscar nominated short video where a young Canadian boy interviews John Lennon in his Toronto hotel room. Then the students are provided with an outline of the C4 Initiative and presented with a wonderful opportunity to interview, shadow or volunteer with an individual or group that positively impacts their local community. The students will cooperatively work together in a carousel activity and gallery walk to figure out what sector of the community they feel passionate about. Finally the students are asked to write their proposal on a Graffiti wall in their classroom.
Lesson 2: Connecting with your Local Community
This lesson will begin with students writing on their class Graffiti wall and forming partnerships. Then the students will be provided with a toolkit that will help promote the development of fundamental skills so they can go out and connect with their local community. They will learn how to research effectively, to make a phone call, conduct an interview, create a PowerPoint presentation, write a bibliography and create an action plan.
Lesson 3: Elements of a Great Presentation
Students will be asked to recall and discuss their most memorable presentations. Then the class will watch either Randy Paush’s Last Lecture video or a video that demonstrates excellence in presentation skills. The class will then critique the presentation and identify what made it a great speech. Students will also be provided with time to work on their final presentation and fill in a group and self-evaluation sheet.
Lesson 4: Multiculturalism in Canada and Equality Rights
To begin the lessons, students are asked to consider what means to be a Canadian and have a discussion about our national identity. Then the students will engage in a unique activity entitled “coffee talk” where they will cooperatively work with different partners and are encouraged to consider specific questions regarding poignant quotes. They will also consider the Equality section of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. At the conclusion of the lesson, the students will be given the Multicultural Day Assignment as well as its rubric. The Multicultural Presentations are one of the highlights of the grade 10 year and build a strong sense of inquiry and community in the classroom.
Unit Two - Government
Lesson 5: Citizens, Government and Social Action
This is your introductory lesson to government and this unit. It is designed to help your students become active citizens and want to learn about government. The lesson starts off with a Know/Wonder/Learn chart to assess where your students are in their understanding of politics. Then you get to play a little trick on your students in handing out a fictitious article about how the school week is going to be lengthened to six days a week. You are encouraged to try to make the press release look as authentic as possible—and keep a straight face! As you hand it out, you will hear voices of outrage from your students. They are suddenly interested in what they can do to create social change because it now affects them and they want to know how government works. You will then follow up with a social action matching activity where students cooperatively work in pairs to identify the various ways that people can go about making social change. They are also asked to consider the pros and cons of each one.
Lesson 6: Rights and Responsibilities in Government
This lesson begins with an image of a city or town that could be anywhere in Canada. The idea is to make the students more conscious of the ways that government really does influence their lives. The lesson then progresses to the levels of government in Canada and who is responsible for doing what. Then you get to prove to students that they are indeed political beings by having them fill out a questionnaire that will also identify where they are on the political spectrum.
Lesson 7: The Provincial Government of British Columbia
In this comprehensive lesson, students will complete a Web Quest and independently investigate all aspects of the provincial government of British Columbia. They have an opportunity to take an online quiz and compare their political view with various famous political leaders over history. They will also learn how an election works and how the legislature in BC functions.
Unit Three - Law
Lesson 8: First Nations Governance in BC
This lesson takes an interactive approach to help students understand the issues facing First Nations people in their fight for self-government and the importance for First Nations to govern themselves. Students will learn about the treaty process and what self-government means. Students will learn about two forms of First Nations self-government negotiated by the Tsawwassen and Nisga’a nations. The finishing activity introduces the Talking Circle - a traditional First Nations approach to learning and understanding.
Lesson 9: The Courts of British Columbia
In this lesson, students will learn about the three levels of provincial court—the Provincial Court of BC, the Supreme Court of BC and the Court of Appeal for BC. Students will also discover alternatives to going to court. This may include mediation, negotiation and arbitration. Finally the students are given a homework assignment where they are given the choice to write a fictitious case or draw a diagram that explains civil court procedures.
Lesson 10: Labour Law and the Employment Standards Act
This is a lesson that will interest every student. In it they will learn about how labour law and the Employment Standards Act of British Columbia impact their life. The lesson begins with a brief introductory teacher-led lesson on labour law in Canada. Then the lesson transitions to an interactive gallery walk where students are given relevant questions about working in BC. They are then asked to hunt for answers around the classroom. An answer key is provided for all questions.
Lesson 11: Administrative Law in British Columbia
In this lesson, students learn about administrative law through seeing, hearing and doing. To begin with, they will watch a short video that outlines what administrative law is and how it works here in BC. Then they will play an engaging active game to formatively assess how much they learned from the video. The lesson transitions to another short video that will introduce them to administrative tribunals. They will then complete a matching activity on the types of tribunals.