Grade 8 Teaching Resources
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Unit One - Government
Lesson 1: Levels of Government
This lesson introduces students to the responsibilities of federal, provincial and local levels of government.
Lesson 2: Role of Local Government
Students search for information about local government operation and services on their own municipality’s website.
Lesson 3: Local Government Elections
Students are introduced to the local elections electoral system and related issues. Includes an optional extension activity of a model local election.
Unit Two - Community Engagement
Lesson 4: Active Citizenship Project
Students plan and carry out a project designed to address an issue of importance to them in their community. This is introduced here so students will have time to complete the project before the end of the unit.
Lesson 5: Model Council Meeting Simulation
In this lesson, students lead a simulation of a council meeting on a proposed bylaw establishing a youth curfew.
Lesson 6: Democratic Rights under the Charter
This lesson introduces students to the Democratic Rights section of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Students consider the factors which make a country democratic by analyzing case studies of countries with varying degrees of democratic rights. This could also be included under the Law Unit.
Lesson 7: Debating the Responsibility to Vote
Students analyze the results of a class survey on voter participation and debate the issue of whether voting is a responsibility of citizenship.
Unit Three - Law
Lesson 8: Courts of BC and Court Procedures
Students will learn about the roles of the different levels of British Columbia courts and court procedures in criminal and civil cases.
Lesson 9: The Vancouver Downtown Community Court
A case study of criminal justice reforms in Vancouver.
Lesson 10: Consumer Law
Students are introduced to the idea that there are laws in place to protect their interests as consumers. Scenarios of common consumer issues faced by youth are considered.