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  • Youth Law by CLERC

    The Law Topics section of The Children’s Legal & Educational Resource Centre (CLERC), a non-profit organization based in Calgary, provides legal advice, education, and referals to youth. Topics covered include: Adoption Independant Living Guardians …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 4 - 6, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Child Support, Divorce, Drugs and Alcohol, Marriage and Common Law Relationships

  • Youth Criminal Justice Act in Action

    The Youth Criminal Justice Act in Action package of resources include a video, lesson plans, and a poster. These materials are meant to be used together to teach students about the YCJA in an engaging way. The video is available on YouTube and is embed …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Video, Youth Criminal Justice Act

  • Youth Criminal Justice Act Handbook

    This well organized resource for youth has taken the Youth Criminal Justice Act and written it in plain language so that all can understand the consequence of a youth’s actions.  It is divided into short chapters that include such topics as your legal …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Youth Criminal Justice Act

  • Youth Court Alberta

    This site provides general information for youth following an arrest. It gives answers to frequently asked questions and offers specific details regarding youth sentencing, records and pardons. It also gives the Youth Criminal Justice Act website if yo …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Courts, Youth Criminal Justice Act

  • You Decide: Charter Challenges for Grade Six

    Charter Challenges for Grade Six is designed as a teaching and learning resource for grade six students. Students are offered the choice of visiting either the fictional animal land of Adinak or the alien planet of Beebonk.   The stories explore f …


    Grades: Grades 4 - 6, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Charter of Rights

  • What We Eat Lesson Plan

    This lesson plan will have students investigating genetically modified organisms (GMO) in our food supply. Students will explore the CBC digital archives and review clips about the GMOs captured by CBC through the years. This lesson includes recommenda …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Genetically Modified Organisms

  • Understanding Parole

    Understanding Parole introduces students to the philosophy and procedures of parole while working with restorative justice concepts. Step-by-step lesson plans allow teachers of any discipline to combine procedures and activities with role-play, to buil …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Parole

  • Understanding our Rights and Responsibilities

    Creating a class charter of rights helps students understand how the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms can put into a practical application. There is a distinction between rights and privileges that will become clear as students work through this …


    Grades: Grades 4 - 6,
    Keywords: Charter of Rights, Human Rights

  • Try Judging

    This interactive site offers students the opportunity to view and listen to 5 scenarios where the law has been broken. Students are required to make decisions based upon judicial principles, research, and the evidence; a “meter of justice” will tell st …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 4 - 6, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Courts, Judges

  • The PLEA: Mock Trials

    In this issue of The PLEA we look at how teachers and students can use mock trials in the classroom and what students can gain from them. From the teacher’s point of view, the appeal of the mock trial is that it teaches about the justice system while e …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Courts, Mock Trials

  • The Notwithstanding Clause: A Classroom Debate Lesson Plan

    Students will research and debate the use of the notwithstanding clause in the Canadian charter. Students will support or criticize the use of the notwithstanding clause to allow federal or provincial governments to pass a law that violates the freedom …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 4 - 6, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Charter of Rights, Notwithstanding Clause

  • The Legacy of the Free Trade Pacts Lesson Plan

    In this webquest students will use a variety or internet resources to explore the positive and negative effects of free trade agreements on Canada. Student’s will study impacts on Canada’s economy and society and present their findings to their class. …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: International Law

  • The Law Project

    Interactive online activities for students on a variety of legal topics. Students can create videos, take quizzes, and work with real historical primary sources.  The site provides assessments and rubrics. Topics include First Nations, residential scho …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Aboriginal People - Claims and Treaties, Human Rights, Women's Rights

  • The Kid’s Site of Canadian Development

    This interactive website assists teachers and students as they examine Alberta’s cultural diversity and is designed to enhance curricular outcomes at the grades three to six level. The settlement theme has curriculum tie-ins to history, national identi …


    Grades: Grades 1 - 3, Grades 4 - 6,
    Keywords: Legal History

  • The Influence of the Party, the Media and Lobby Groups

    Students will investigate the influence that the media and lobby groups have on our government’s decision making. Using recent case studies, such as the Friends of CBC to increase funding or Greenpeace to promote environmental issues or lobbying by the …


    Grades: Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Elections, Federal Government, Lobbying

  • The Centre for Constitutional Studies

    The Centre for Constitutional Studies has a variety of articles that can be used as background information. The content can be used as supplementary readings or as a research source for student projects. All of the articles are written in accessible pl …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12,
    Keywords: Aboriginal People - Claims and Treaties, Charter of Rights, Constitution, Legal History

  • That’s Not Fair

    “As soon as children can say, “That’s Not Fair!” they are ready to talk about their rights and freedoms.” This website features videos, games, and lesson plans to teach students between the ages of 7 and 11 about democracy. The website features six dif …


    Grades: Grades 1 - 3, Grades 4 - 6,
    Keywords: Democracy, Municipal Government

  • Techno-tonomy

    This 78 page downloadable print resource or CD with interactive activities, focuses on the protection of privacy in a networked world. The curriculum objectives relate to understanding and analyse the rights, roles and responsibilities of individuals i …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12,
    Keywords: Internet Law and Policy, Internet Safety, Privacy

  • Teaching about justice, rights and responsibilities: A teaching resource for Social Studies 10

    This teacher resource manual was developed to support Alberta high school teachers in educating their students about the justice system in Alberta and Canada. It addresses five areas of law within the Canadian judicial system: constitutional, aborigina …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12,
    Keywords: Aboriginal People - Claims and Treaties, Charter of Rights, Youth Criminal Justice Act

  • Taking IT Global

    This site houses an online community that connects youth from grades nine to twelve  to find inspiration, access information, get involved, and take action in their local and global communities. Designed and maintained in Canada, this site is the world …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Human Rights, Social Action

  • Symbolism and Collective Identity

    This activity provides the opportunity for students to connect symbolism and collective identity not only at the present time in Canada but also many years ago in the Iroquois Confederacy. Through the study of the Wampum Belt, students will then create …


    Grades: Grades 4 - 6,
    Keywords: Citizenship and Nationality

  • Supreme Court of Canada

    The Supreme Court of Canada has created an education kit for those who do not live in or near Ottawa. It contains factual information, a mock trial with suggestions for implementation and activity sheets such as crossword puzzles and word searches. …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Judges, Supreme Court of Canada

  • Support for Aboriginal Self-Government Lesson Plan

    Students will examine Aboriginal self-government and identify solutions to issues around the topic. Students will investigate present proposals that could resolve difficulties between First Nations and the government of Canada. This lesson includes rec …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Aboriginal People - Claims and Treaties

  • Student Vote

    Teachers can register their school for the Student Vote election program. Student Vote was created to engage young Canadians in the democratic process. It is open to all elementary, middle, and secondary schools and there is no cost to participate. Reg …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 4 - 6, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Elections

  • Step into the Legislature: A Virtual Tour

    This virtual tour has students choose a character and create an identity. The character then takes a virtual tour of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. This activity is designed primarily for those classes who cannot come for a real life visit to Edm …


    Grades: Grades 4 - 6,
    Keywords: Provincial/Territory Government

  • Sovereignty Lesson Plan from CBC Digital Archives

    Students will work in small groups to investigate the role and importance of sovereignty in contemporary Aboriginal communities in Canada. They can begin their research at the topic Davis Inlet: Innu Community in Crisis on the CBC Digital Archives webs …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Aboriginal People - Claims and Treaties

  • Setting the Agenda, A Day in the Life of an MP or a Senator

    The website Setting the Agenda gives students the opportunity to spend one typical day with either a Senator or a Member of Parliament. Students have the chance to plan their day the way the Senator or MP would taking into account the many meetings and …


    Grades: Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Federal Government

  • School’s In: Youth and the Environment: An Inquiry Project

    This inquiry based project is designed to guide students in grades 9-12 through an exploration of environmental issues, the law, and their relation to youth. It is applicable to Social Studies, Science, or CTS: Legal Studies curriculum. Over the course …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Climate Change, School's In

  • School’s In: Youth and Student Unions: A Governance Model

    This lesson is applicable as an extension to students studying governance models in social studies and involves student understanding of governance in non-profit organizations. The lesson involves students adopting or creating a governance model for st …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12,
    Keywords: Social Action, Student Council

  • School’s In: Students, Social Participation, Charities and Law

    This inquiry based activity focuses on charities and non-profit organizations. The content specifically addresses outcome S6 in Social Studies 10, 20 and 30. Based on a fundamental assumption that students should be involved in decision-making, this re …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12,
    Keywords: School's In, Social Action

  • School’s In: Exploring Canada’s Parliamentary Democracy

    Written as a play, this activity based lesson plan, has students asking questions, reseaching answers, discussing their findings and ultimately running for office in the Canadian government.  The background of the play is that the Canadian government h …


    Grades: Grades 4 - 6, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Federal Government, School's In

  • Rights Angle

    Human rights is the focus of this downloadable 136 page PDF document that provides excellent background for teachers as well as a variety of activities for students in Social Studies and CTS: Legal Studies.    All lessons use the newspaper as a tool to …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 4 - 6, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Charter of Rights, Civil Liberties, Human Rights

  • Respectful Me, Respectful You: Discrimination, Harassment and Human Rights – Educator’s Manual

    This resource provides background information for teachers and activities on human rights, the Charter, discrimination, bullying and harassment and applicable laws, suitable for secondary school students (Grades 7 to 12).  It may be used with The Respe …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Bullying, Charter of Rights, Civil Liberties

  • Resolving Constitutional Issues Lesson Plan

    In this webquest students will explore major constitutional issues affecting Canada. Students will choose an issue facing Canada and then draft and present several proposals to address this issue. This lesson includes recommendations  for sources avail …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 4 - 6, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Aboriginal People - Claims and Treaties, Constitution, Monarchy, Senate, Supreme Court of Canada

  • Residential School Diary Lesson Plan

    Students will investigate the feelings and turmoil experienced by first nations students in residential schools. The lesson plan has students write diary entries from the perspective of aboriginal students in a residential schools. This lesson includes …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Residential Schools

  • Regina v Morgentaler

    January 28, 2008 was the 20th anniversary of the Supreme Court of Canada’s landmark decision to legalize medical abortion in Canada. Dr. Morgantaler and two colleagues were charged in Ontario with performing legal abortions. When this case was put to t …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12,
    Keywords: Abortion, Charter of Rights, Landmark Cases

  • R. V. Wyler – A Mock Trial Kit

    Criminal fact situations, trial scripts, diagrams, courtroom personnel profiles, and instructions are included in this easy step by step guide. …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords:

  • R v Askov

    The trial of Askov and three co-accused was delayed for 4 years following their arrest. The charge for these four people was conspiracy to commit extortion (blackmail). Some of the accused had spent most of this time in jail and when the next trial dat …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12,
    Keywords: Arrest, Charter of Rights, Extortion

  • Privacy in Schools: Dogs, Lockers, Bodies and Backpacks

    Two recent decisions from the Supreme Court of Canada focus on section 8 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: Everyone has the right to be secure against unreasonable search or seizure. One case takes place at a high school, the other at a C …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 4 - 6, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Charter of Rights, Search and Seizure

  • Pillars of Freedom

    Pillars of Freedom is an online game and cartoon television show for children. Set in Caveworld, a land that once enjoyed great freedoms but these freedoms have withered away because they were neglected, two curious dragons named Spirit and Imm must fi …


    Grades: Grades 1 - 3, Grades 4 - 6,
    Keywords: Charter of Rights

  • People and Parliament

    This site uses your local daily newspaper to help students understand the role the media has within our parliamentary system.  Teachers are provided with lesson plans and student handouts to specifically support the objective “what is the role of the m …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Federal Government

  • Parliament of Canada-An Introduction

    This site offers a general overview of Canadian parliament. It gives the facts on how laws are passed, the various branches of government and how the House of Commons and the Senate operates. When you click on words underlined in blue, a new window ope …


    Grades: Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Federal Government

  • Parliament of Canada – Model Parliament Unit

    This well organized and detailed simulation of the work that takes place in Parliament will help students clearly understand the daily life of a Member of Parliament or a Senator.   Teachers can choose from the various options provided which activities …


    Grades: Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Model Parliament

  • Parliament of Canada

    This resource created by the Parliament of Canada offers detailed background for teachers focusing on a variety of topics that support the Grade 9 Social Studies curriculum. There are ready made classroom materials that use the newspaper to enhance out …


    Grades: Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Federal Government

  • Ontario Justice Education Network Mock Hearings

    The Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN) has extensive mock trial resources for teachers in both English and French. OJEN has mock trial role preparation packages for both civil and criminal law. They also have a wide variety of cases and materials …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Courts, Mock Trials

  • Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta

    This site specifically addresses the role and responsibilities of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta. These include attending constitutional functions, giving royal assent to any bills passed in the legislature, performing certain rituals when the legi …


    Grades: Grades 4 - 6,
    Keywords: Provincial/Territory Government

  • New Resource – Magna Carta: A Guide for Educators

    To complement the national tour of Magna Carta, the Education Committee of Magna Carta Canada has released a new resource guide for teachers hoping to integrate the Great Charter into their social science and Indigenous studies courses. The resource fe …


    Grades: ,
    Keywords:

  • My Privacy, My Choice, My Life

    This resource teaches young people about privacy. The content focuses technology and privacy. There are contests, quizzes, links, activities, and presentation materials for teachers. There is a section to blog and ask questions. …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Privacy

  • Municipal Government FAQs

    These FAQs are part of the Municipal Government for Students program created for Grade 6 Social Studies students. These FAQs deal with questions about municipalities, people in municipal governments and how you can get involved. …


    Grades: Grades 4 - 6,
    Keywords: Bylaws, Municipal Government

  • Mock Trials: Supreme Court of Canada

    You can set up your own mock trial with some tips from the Supreme Court of Canada.  An introduction focuses on how to set up a mock trial, a scenario is created that relates to students, and suggested questions are offered to the defence, crown and ju …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Courts, Judges

  • Mock Trial: Fadey v. Ketkluane High School

    In this mock trial, a student on the school basketball team slips on a puddle of water left on the gymnasium floor. His injuries cause him to lose his basketball scholarship , as well as his job. The student sued Ketkluane High School for negligence fo …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12,
    Keywords: Mock Trial, Negligence

  • Mediation

    This activity helps students understand what mediation is by having them engage in the actual process. Students work in groups and follow a step-by-step mediation outline to resolve a conflict. By the end of the lesson students should be able to analyz …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Mediation and Dispute Resolution

  • Media Smarts

    MediaSmarts is a Canadian not-for-profit charitable organization for digital and media literacy. Their website features a wealth of classroom resources for youth to develop critical thinking skills to engage with media as active and informed digital ci …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Internet Safety, Privacy

  • Mavericks: An Incorrigible History of Alberta

    This is a dynamic website created to connect to the Alberta grades four to seven social studies curriculum. The ideas for student activities follow a project-based and inquiry-based learning approach and are multidisciplinary in nature. Alberta’s histo …


    Grades: Grades 4 - 6, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Aboriginal People - Claims and Treaties, Immigration, Legal History

  • Make a Better City Classroom Program

    Make a Better City (MBC) is an integrated project for teaching about citizenship, responsibility and community for Alberta Grade 6 Social Studies, Health & Life Skills, Language Arts and Mathematics. Teachers explore and research with students what …


    Grades: Grades 4 - 6,
    Keywords: Bylaws, Municipal Government

  • Looking Into Unions

    The development, roles, benefits and organization of unions is the topic of this website designed for high school students. It contains six lessons on unions that can be used individually or in sequence. The activities for students include small group …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12,
    Keywords: Unions

  • Looking at Conflict With Lex The Dinosaur Lawyer

    This package contains several cross-curricular lessons for teachers to use when introducing law to the early elementary classroom. Specifically, this package addresses the definition and resolution of conflict. Using age appropriate vocabulary and cont …


    Grades: Grades 1 - 3,
    Keywords: Courts, Mediation and Dispute Resolution, Mock Trials, Video

  • Local Government and You: City Hall

    This website from the City of Edmonton provides a variety of resources available to help students learn more about how the city works. They include some City of Edmonton-developed resources that allow students to learn, for example, ways to make one’s  …


    Grades: Grades 4 - 6,
    Keywords: Municipal Government

  • Legal Roles and Responsibilities

    This teacher resource provides activities that first draw on the student’s experiences of school rules and then moves to a broader focus of the criminal code. The students then move to the ways that we as citizens participate in the justice system and …


    Grades: Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Citizenship and Nationality

  • Legal Independence : It’s Your Right

    This online video resource (which can be ordered for free) contains footage of some high school students being arrested under the “Youth Gathering Act”, a fictitious law which is used to demonstrate the concepts such as rule of law and how our judicial …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Arrest, Civil Liberties

  • League of Super Citizens: Civil City

    Designed as an interactive on-line game, this site allows primary students to explore communities within the framework of citizenship and identity. Students are asked to create a hero, complete a mission, and join the League of Super Heroes. When explo …


    Grades: Grades 1 - 3,
    Keywords: Communities, Democracy

  • Leadership and Government in Iroquois Society

    This website includes information on the Iroquois Confederacy that covers many of the curricular outcomes laid out by Alberta Education. The teacher background section has detailed information regarding the structure of the Confederacy, the role and st …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 4 - 6,
    Keywords: Iroquois Confederacy

  • Law Lessons for Teachers and Students

    LawLessons.ca was created by the Justice Education Society of BC to host their resources in one easy to navigate location. This website offers lesson plans, unit plans, court education, teacher training, and other law related classroom resources. …


    Grades: Grades 1 - 3, Grades 10 - 12, Grades 4 - 6, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Civil Liberties, Courts, Elections, Federal Government, Hate Crimes, Judges, Legal History, Mediation and Dispute Resolution, Mock Trials, Police, Prison, Privacy, Provincial/Territory Government, Social Action, Youth Criminal Justice Act

  • Landmark Decisions: Cases that Have Changed Society

    This site discusses a variety of landmark decisions from the Law Courts of Canada. They include issues dealing with Aboriginal Rights and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to name a few. Each case is explained in detail using plain language a …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12,
    Keywords: Aboriginal People - Claims and Treaties, Charter of Rights, Courts, Landmark Cases

  • Justice Education Speakers Centre

    This is a service in which justice professionals come out to schools and talk about law related topics that focus on the outcomes from the Alberta Social Studies Curriculum. Several topics are offered but the speaker can tailor his/her talk to the need …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 4 - 6, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Court

  • Justice Education Society

    The Justice Education Society of British Columbia has updated their website to include support for many curriculum areas. A number of the resources on this site can be purchased for a nominal fee and used effectively in the classroom. Resources include …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Charter of Rights, Courts, Marriage and Common Law Relationships, Youth Criminal Justice Act

  • John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights Educational Resources

    All of their educational resources are developed to supplement John Humphrey Centre projects.  The resources are designed for teachers to incorporate human rights lessons into the classroom, workplace or community. Some of their resources include: Comb …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 4 - 6, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Charter of Rights, Citizenship and Nationality, Civil Liberties, Human Rights, Racism, Social Action

  • Is it beneficial for Canada to be a part of the Kyoto Protocol?

    This  page and subsequent links, housed by 2learn.ca, contains high school lessons pertaining to the challenges of globalization. The pages contain information, websites, print resources, activities and assessment activities designed to foster thinking …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Climate Change, International Law

  • Introduction to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (a 2-part powerpoint with audio)

    Part 1 of this power point with audio gives an overview of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms since its beginning. It discusses what the Charter is and is not and explains in detail the meaning using examples in the specific sections of the Charter. Cl …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Charter of Rights

  • I’m Your MLA, Here is My Card

    This creative activity has students research the responsibilities of an MLA and then design a business card that reflects the information they found. Short question and answer videos with 3 different party MLAs are included and provide background infor …


    Grades: Grades 4 - 6,
    Keywords: Provincial/Territory Government

  • I Vote Because

    This interactive website allows students to submit the reasons they vote, or will one day vote, through social media like Facebook and Twitter. …


    Grades: Grades 1 - 3, Grades 10 - 12, Grades 4 - 6, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Citizenship and Nationality, Elections

  • How does the Canadian Court System Work?

    This lesson is designed to introduce students in CTS Legal Studies to the Canadian judicial system, how it works, and the various ways in which students may be required to participate in the judicial system at some point in their lives. Students will w …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12,
    Keywords: Courts

  • HIV & the Law – When is HIV Status Disclosure Necessary?

    In this activity students will learn about the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) decision that HIV carriers with a low viral load, wearing condoms do not have to disclose their HIV status to sex partners. Students will reflect on this ruling and examine th …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12,
    Keywords: HIV, Legal History, Public Safety, Supreme Court of Canada

  • Fundamental Freedoms: The Charter of Rights and Freedoms

    This teacher resource offers background information on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. All aspects of the Charter are reviewed in plain language in both English and French. Each overview provides information and focus questions for before …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 4 - 6, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Charter of Rights, Human Rights

  • Fitzgerald v. Alberta – Do kids have the right to vote in elections?

    This activity will help students taking CTS: Legal Studies (1020) to describe the relationship between rights and responsibilities; explore sources of protection of rights and freedoms; and discuss methods of protecting rights and responsibilities Grad …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Charter of Rights, Elections

  • Exploring YCJA

    This site provides training for navigation through the site as well as guide students through the important aspects of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. There are 10 modules that give information as well as scenarios that reflect the topics presented. Ea …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Youth Criminal Justice Act

  • Evaluating Web Sites in the Abortion Debate

    Students will think critically while investigating a variety of web-based resources on both sides of the abortion debate. This lesson includes recommendations  for sources available in the CBC digital archives. This lesson correlates with Dr. Henry Mor …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Abortion, Reproductive Rights

  • Elizabeth Fry Society

    Background on the Elizabeth Fry Society is available through this link.  You will learn a bit about Elizabeth Fry’s life and her strong belief in equality rights for women. She believed that women should not be incarcerated and if they are, then integr …


    Grades: Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Prison, Social Action, Women's Rights

  • Elections Alberta: Resources for Teachers

    Elections Alberta has published several excellent, and comprehensive resources for use in Alberta classrooms. The educational resources section of their website includes: Unit plans/teaching guides for Grades 6, 9, and 12 entitled Building Future Voter …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 4 - 6, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Elections, Provincial/Territory Government

  • Education is our Buffalo

    Education is our Buffalo is a teacher resource that covers the following topics:  an historical time line of important Aboriginal events, spiritualiy and teaching, cultural traditions and education development through time. Personal articles written by …


    Grades: Grades 1 - 3, Grades 10 - 12, Grades 4 - 6, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Aboriginal People - Claims and Treaties

  • Educaloi Youth

    This billingual website offers information, games, lesson plans, and comics regarding a wide range of legal topics. Some of the topics explored on the website include the vocabulary of law, the Canadian Supreme Court, careers in law, and civil and crim …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 4 - 6, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Charter of Rights, Civil Liberties, Courts, Mediation and Dispute Resolution, Mock Trials, Quebec Civil Code

  • Discover Canada, The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship

    There are specific rights and responsibilities for people who live in Canada in regards to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. There are even more responsibilities when you become a Canadian citizen. On this site these facts are clearly outlined and mo …


    Grades: Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Citizenship and Nationality

  • Debating Access to the Birth Control Pill Lesson Plan

    Students will debate a resolution to have the birth control free of charge to all women of Canada. Students will explore the issue’s moral, societal, and financial implications. Students will review the selection of media titled The Birth Control Pill  …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Birth Control. Reproductive Rights

  • CURRENTS: Exploring Traditional Aboriginal Justice Concepts in Contemporary Canadian Society

    This 193 page middle or high school resource examines questions such as how societies make laws, resolve conflicts, and deal with those who do not live up to society’s standards for behaviour. Obtainable through the Public Legal Association of Saskatch …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Human Rights, Legal History, Mediation and Dispute Resolution

  • Creating a Sustainability Plan

    In this activity students will develop a sustainability plan for a fictional city. Students will assume the role of city councillors. After completing the assignment, students will meet as the city council and will present their ideas. Together they wi …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Climate Change, Sustainability

  • Courtroom Etiquette: What To Do In Court (Tips and Information) Video

    Pro Bono Law Alberta and the Alberta Branch of the Canadian Bar Association have produced a video explaining what to expect in court. This video offers tips and information that would be a helpful to students preparing for a mock trial. Additional vide …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Courts, Video

  • Courtprep: Court Information for Youth

    This resource, available in English or French, uses cartoon pictures to lead youth through the court system from arrest to sentencing. Using audio and text, you can go on a virtual tour of a court room where each character states his or her official po …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12,
    Keywords: Court, Courts, Judges, Victims of Crime

  • Constitutional Timeline with Terms and Concepts Lesson Plan

    Students will create a chronology of the events, key terms, and concepts related to Canada’s constitutional history between the late 1960s to 1982. This lesson includes recommendations  for sources available in the CBC digital archives. …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 4 - 6, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Aboriginal People - Claims and Treaties, Charter of Rights, Constitution, Notwithstanding Clause, Supreme Court of Canada

  • Constitute.ca – Forum on Women’s Activism

    This website highlights the role women played in the development of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The site streams a documentary on the topic as well as offering a study guide and other educational materials. …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 4 - 6, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Charter of Rights, Women

  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada: Immigrating to Canada

    There are many things that need to be considered before applying for permanent residency in Canada.  This website gives the name of the different categories you can apply to as well as the necessary forms to complete and send in with your application. …


    Grades: Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Citizenship and Nationality, Immigration

  • Citizen’s Guide to the Legislature

    This guide is divided into 5 sections with many subsections that deal with the structure and the function of Alberta’s provincial government. It is a large document that is well organized and written at an easy to read level. It includes a glossary and …


    Grades: Grades 4 - 6,
    Keywords: Provincial/Territory Government

  • Children’s Rights

    This curricular resource, an 18 page PDF document, is applicable to students studying the rights of children and youth around the world. The objective of this resource is to educate others on the rights of children, the role of the Canadian Coalition f …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12,
    Keywords: Child Abuse, Human Rights

  • Changing the Future for Aboriginals Lesson Plan

    Students will delve through the CBC digital archives to learn about aboriginal self-determination. Students will then create a collage that expresses their thoughts and opinions  on aboriginal self-determination. This lesson includes recommendations  f …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Aboriginal People - Claims and Treaties

  • Canadian Legal FAQs

    Canadian Legal FAQs answers Frequently Asked Questions about the Law in Canada and Alberta. This website is an excellent research tool for students. All of the answers are written in accessible plain language and covers a wide range of topics. …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 4 - 6, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Arrest, Charter of Rights, Consumer Protection and Fraud, Courts, Credit and Debt, Criminal Records, Police, Privacy, Worker's Health and Safety, Worker's Rights and Employment Standards, Youth Criminal Justice Act

  • Canadian Courts vs. U.S. Courts: What’s the Difference?

    This lesson has been designed to help dispel some of the myths and misconceptions Grade 6 students may have about the Canadian judicial process and Canadian courtrooms. The lesson should take about 1 hour and will help students acknowledge their pre-ex …


    Grades: Grades 4 - 6,
    Keywords: Citizenship and Nationality, Courts, Law - Other Countries

  • Canada’s System of Justice

    This information is written at a grade 6 level and provides details on the history of law, the Constitution with a focus on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and information on civil and criminal case procedures as the people in question access their …


    Grades: Grades 4 - 6,
    Keywords: Charter of Rights, Civil Liberties, Courts

  • Canada’s Court System

    This resource provides excellent teacher background on the structure of the Canadian court system. It tells about the many kinds of courts there are in Canada and includes the organization, purpose and function of each court. Some examples of courts in …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Courts

  • Bylaws in Edmonton, Alberta

    This site explains the process by which bylaws are made as well as lists all the bylaws that are currently enforced in Edmonton. It also explains the consequences if you choose not to follow any particular bylaw. The Municipal Government Act gives auth …


    Grades: Grades 4 - 6,
    Keywords: Bylaws, Municipal Government

  • Business Smarts: A Legal Education Guide to Small Business

    This package of resources and articles was designed to introduce students to the major legal questions which must be considered when starting a small business. The information was designed to complement Legal Studies module 3050: Law and Small Business …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12,
    Keywords: Business, Contracts, Entrepreneur, Worker's Health and Safety, Worker's Rights and Employment Standards

  • Building Future Voters

    Builidng Future Voters is a free teacher resource from Elections Alberta that teaches students about citizen participation, elections and democracy.  Each lesson is directly linked to the Alberta social studies curriculum  and provides for use of the i …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 4 - 6, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Elections, Provincial/Territory Government

  • Building Communities through Local Government (Student Interactive site)

    The Alberta Grade 6 Social Studies program of studies focuses on citizenship, identity and democratic processes of decision-making within our society. Students explore ways to participate in democratic processes, be involved in their communities and de …


    Grades: Grades 4 - 6,
    Keywords: Municipal Government

  • Branches of Canada’s Federal System

    In this lesson plan the student completes research to find information about the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the Government of Canada.   They are encouraged to research not only print material but conduct interviews with people who …


    Grades: Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Federal Government

  • Bill 101 Pros and Cons Lesson Plan

    Students will think critically about language laws and specifically Bill 101 in Quebec. Students will examine the implications for culture, the economy, education, and of course language. This lesson includes recommendations  for sources available in t …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 4 - 6, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Language Laws

  • Being an Active Citizen

    A comprehensive booklet resources for encouraging active engagement with the government, legal system, and civil society. Over 50 original classroom activities! These resources were created by the Education Society of BC. The learning materials have be …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Charter of Rights, Citizenship and Nationality, Courts, Elections, Federal Government, Human Rights, Provincial/Territory Government, Social Action, Youth Criminal Justice Act

  • Behind Canada’s Immigration Policies

    This lesson plan is designed to focus on the emerging issues of immigration in Canada. The tasks involve research, organizing the information in a chart and making a judgement on the effect of immigration not only on Canada but on the country of origin …


    Grades: Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Citizenship and Nationality, Immigration

  • Be Web Aware

    Be Web Aware is a website by Media Smarts for parents and teachers. The website feature tips for a wide range of age groups and covers topics including cyber-bullying, excessive internet use, sexual risk and harm, privacy, marketing aimed at children, …


    Grades: Grades 1 - 3, Grades 10 - 12, Grades 4 - 6, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Bullying, Internet Safety, Privacy, Public Safety

  • Awarding Certificates of Merit

    This teacher directed lesson begins with students having a clear understanding of the word accountability. A specific scenario has been chosen but a different one unique to your community would also work to help students determine criteria to show acco …


    Grades: Grades 4 - 6,
    Keywords: Federal Government, Municipal Government, Provincial/Territory Government

  • Asbestos Class Action Lesson Plan

    In this lesson students will participate in a class action suit against the asbestos industry. Students will build a case for government or industry negligence regarding asbestos. This is an excellent cross-curricular activity applicable to many differ …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Class Action Suit, Negligence, Public Safety

  • Apathy is Boring

    The target audience is for youth of voting age but there are also resources for teachers with students below voting age. You can find plenty of facts about the democratic process on the Apathy is Boring website, like a list of all of Canada’s political …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12,
    Keywords: Elections

  • Anti-Racism Resource Kit

    This kit has a huge number of book, media and website resources that link directly to the Alberta curriculum. Each entry states the specific outcomes in Social Studies, Language Arts and /or Health that match the resource. There is also a summary of ea …


    Grades: Grades 1 - 3, Grades 10 - 12, Grades 4 - 6, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Bullying, Racism

  • Alberta’s Justice System In Your Community

    This interactive website with stories and activities written at a grade three level provides an introduction to the justice system and its participants. The activities demonstrate how  peace is attained through people and groups within a community work …


    Grades: Grades 1 - 3,
    Keywords: Communities, Mediation and Dispute Resolution, Police

  • Alberta Tomorrow

    Alberta Tomorrow is an educational tool that uses technology to teach about sustainability. Student’s can simulate the future effects of human activities on Alberta’s resource production, wildlife habitat, and ecosystems. The website states that Albert …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 4 - 6, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Sustainability

  • Alberta Municipal Affairs Teacher FAQs

    Created to reflect outcomes of grade six social studies, this 228 page resource enhances the study of local government. The resource includes activities based on inquiry, critical thinking, and citizenship. Available in PDF format. The Building Communi …


    Grades: Grades 4 - 6,
    Keywords: Municipal Government

  • Aboriginal Sentencing Scenario

    Frank, an 18 year old Aboriginal student breaks into a local grocery story and attacks  the owner leaving him with a broken arm and facial scars.  Research is done into Frank’s present situation as well as the  family background. There are discussion q …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12,
    Keywords: Aboriginal People - Claims and Treaties, Courts, Sentencing

  • Aboriginal Identity – Terms and Definitions

    “The terms that are used to identify Aboriginal people and their rights can be confusing. This publication clearly defines the identifying terms and rights regarding Aboriginal people in an easy to understand pamphlet. It includes descriptions of diffe …


    Grades: Grades 10 - 12, Grades 4 - 6, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Aboriginal People - Claims and Treaties

  • A Journey Through the Renaissance Quests: Policy

    This webpage is helpful in meeting  the grade eight social studies outcomes dealing with the connection of the Renaissance to current law, government systems and world views. The site is divided into quests, and the  “politics” quest is particularly ap …


    Grades: Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Legal History

  • A Classroom Constitution Lesson Plan

    Students will gain an understanding of the process of framing a constitution by developing a constitution for their classroom. In small groups students will look at how rules are decided and changed, how leaders are chosen, powers and responsibilities …


    Grades: Grades 4 - 6, Grades 7 - 9,
    Keywords: Charter of Rights, Constitution