Grade 11 Teaching Resources
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Unit One - Government
Lesson 1: The Three Levels of Government
This lesson discusses the relationship between the federal, provincial and local levels of government in Canada. Students will have an opportunity to explore the impact these levels of government have on our rights, responsibilities, public services, safety and governance. Students will specifically examine the issue of how the three levels provide services on common national problems.
Lesson 2: The Branches of Government
In this lesson, students will learn about the three branches of government. The activities include a Web Quest, vocabulary, chart and creative writing piece. Students will have the opportunity to understand the process used to pass legislation in our Parliament. This is particularly important preparation for the mock parliament activity in Lesson 3.
Lesson 3: How Does a Bill Become a Law?
This lesson allows students to work through the parliamentary process by participating in a mock parliament. Students will role play, research proposed bills, debate, run committees and balance a budget. Students will apply some of the concepts, vocabulary and understandings gathered in the previous lessons about parliamentary government.
Lesson 4: Political Parties and Ideologies
This lesson is focused on developing knowledge of and understanding about the core political ideologies as they evolved in the 20th century. The lesson is not intended to go into significant depth on each ideology but to expose students to the range of political ideas that have some currency in modern politics. The lesson is also expected to aid in the refinement of existing political views held by the students in your class.
Lesson 5: Federal Elections and the Electoral Process
In this brief lesson students are introduced to the processes and procedures of a federal election. Students will uncover word clues, develop a key term list and find the key terms in a word search. Opportunity is available to target specific concepts or issues for further discussion.
Unit Two - Law
Lesson 6: The Supreme Court of Canada
This unit begins our examination of Canada’s legal system with a review of key components and responsibilities of Canada’s federal courts. The lesson will examine the function and responsibilities assigned to the various federal courts, with specific emphasis on the Supreme Court of Canada. The lesson examines the concept of judicial independence and its significance to the integrity of our court system.
Lesson 7: Criminal Law and Our Criminal Courts
In this lesson, students will be introduced to BC’s court system, basic principles of criminal law and the Criminal Code of Canada. Students begin with some basic background research on the law courts and criminal and civil procedures. The elements of criminal law and criminal defences will also be discussed.
Lesson 8: Sentencing, Restorative Justice and Appeals
In this lesson, students will learn about Canada’s system of justice, with particular emphasis on the principles of sentencing, sentencing alternatives, purposes of sentencing and the constraints placed on the justice system.
Lesson 9: Our Legal Rights
In this series of activities, students will be asked to critically examine issues of legal rights, particularly as they relate to search and seizure on school premises. The first two activities build a base of knowledge about the legal rights contained in the Charter and how the Charter is applied to cases. In activity three the students read three precedent-setting cases and prepare a school policy for lawful searches and student expectations of privacy.
Lesson 10: Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities
Lesson 10 examines the issue of citizenship in its current and historic contexts. Students investigate the voyage of the Komagata Maru, take a citizenship test and discuss the nature of citizenship.
Lesson 11: International and Environmental Law
This lesson will introduce students to the concept of international law, dispute resolution and international human rights. Students will be introduced to the International Court of Justice, International Criminal Court (ICC) and two International Criminal Tribunals (Yugoslavia and Rwanda) in order to gain some insight into the operation of the ICC and why it is needed to address these atrocities. Environmental law will be examined by an investigation and discussion around the issue of carbon credits, the Kyoto Accord and our capacity to impact carbon emissions.
Unit Three - Community Engagement
Lesson 12: Your Civic Footprint
This unit is designed to bring together many of the elements taught over the course of units one and two, thereby creating a mindset for civic advocacy and action. In studying about law and government, the lessons create a base of understanding but it is in action that we preserve, protect and reform society. This is the focus of Unit 3.