Grade 9 Teaching Resources
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Unit One - Government
Lesson 1: Constitutional Monarchy: Would a Republic be Better?
This lesson introduces students to Canada’s constitutional monarchy. It has students look at what is a head of state and what the role of head of state is versus head of the country. Students will also delve into the role of our government. The lesson then goes on to compare our system of government with the American system - a republic. The culminating activity is a class debate that has students discuss whether Canada should keep our current form of government or change to a republic system.
Lesson 2 and 3: The Structure and Operation of the Levels of Government
Lesson 2 begins with a focus on how students feel about the effect of government on their daily lives. The second activity introduces the three levels of government and the services provided to the Canadian public. Students are then asked to compile issues that they feel are important to them and relate them to the level of government responsible. The lesson concludes with a disaster plan scenario activity that allows students to use their knowledge about levels of government to create a disaster relief plan for Canada. Also introduced in this lesson is a Graffiti Wall activity. In order to complete this final activity you will need two lessons.
Lesson 4: Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: Fundamental Freedoms
Students will look closely at Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: Fundamental Freedoms. They will distinguish between “rights” and “responsibilities” and how they affect their actions as Canadian citizens. Students will also look at three major law cases that dealt with violations of fundamental freedoms.
Lesson 5: Provincial Court of BC
This lesson introduces students to the BC provincial courts and what their responsibilities are when it comes to legal matters. Students will work cooperatively in a Jigsaw to become experts in a particular type of court process in BC; these experts will then teach their groups the knowledge of their court. This lesson also includes real life law scenarios that challenge students to figure out what level of BC courts are used for each situation.
Lesson 6: Alternatives to Court
This lesson allows students to look deeper into the provincial court system and the alternatives to going to criminal or civil courts. These alternatives include diversion, restorative justice, community courts, mediation, arbitration and negotiation. Students will
also participate in two simulations that are used at the criminal level.
Lesson 7: Family Law
Over the course of their lives, many students will come face-to-face with family law in BC. This lesson introduces the definitions of family and marriage found in Canada today. Students will come to understand family law and its importance to our society. Students will also participate in a family mediation role-play activity. Mediation is shown as an important alternative to court during separation and divorce.
Unit Three - Community Engagement
Lesson 8: Active Citizenship - Steps to Social Involvement
This lesson helps students look at what good citizenship is and how they can become better and more active citizens in Canada. Students learn about how to become more active in their schools, community and country.
Lesson 9: Public Issues and Civic Action -How to Make Yourself Heard
This lesson helps students understand how they can influence local, provincial and federal governments on issues important to them. Students will learn about different forms of protest and pressure groups. Students will also be given tools to raise public
awareness regarding issues and to set up a plan of action to influence government.
Lesson 10: The Global Citizen
Students will delve further into their learning of active citizenship by taking a more global approach. Students will focus on two major global issues: hunger and war. They will also explore how these two issues influence their daily lives. The lesson concludes with students taking one of the issues discussed in the lesson and learning how to write a petition to influence world organizations and governments.