Junior & Senior High School Resources

This activity resource was developed for junior and senior high school students. Each lesson has several activities and options available, for the ease of adapting it to your classroom. Please use, modify, rearrange and choose from these activities as you see fit. The lessons build upon one another and have a clear flow, but they can also be used as stand-alone lessons or activities depending on your classroom needs.

On this page you will find six lesson plans along with corresponding handouts and activity sheets. Many of the lessons suggest videos or slide decks to assist with the instruction portion of the lesson; these can be found on the Slide Decks and Videos pages. Various assessment tools are also posted, along with a glossary of terms.

Activity Resource

  • Welcome [PDF]
  • Acknowledgments [PDF]
  • How to Use this Resource [PDF]
  • Suggestions for Wider Engagement [PDF]
  • Glossary [PDF]

Lesson 1

Lesson 1: Governance and Democracy [PDF]

  • Activity Sheet 1.1: Space Survival – Ranking Chart [PDF] [Word]
  • Handout 1.2: Space Survival – Ranking of Items by Experts [PDF]
  • Activity Sheet 1.3: Comparing Different Government Types – Graphic Organizer [PDF] [Word]
  • Handout 1.4: Highlights from the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms [PDF]
  • Activity Sheet 1.5: How Should We Decide? [PDF] [Word]
  • Handout 1.6: Principles of Democracy [PDF]

Lesson 2

Lesson 2: Governments in Canada [PDF]

  • Handout 2.1: Government Responsibilities [PDF]
  • Activity Sheet 2.2: Investigating Government [PDF] [Word]
  • Activity Sheet 2.3: Comparing Governments – Graphic Organizer [PDF] [Word]
  • Activity Sheet 2.4: My Municipality Fact Sheet [PDF] [Word]
  • Handout 2.5: History of Indigenous Peoples in Alberta [PDF]
  • Activity Sheet 2.6: First Nation Profile [PDF] [Word]
  • Political Trivia Jeopardy! [PPT]

Lesson 3

Lesson 3: Media [PDF]

  • Slide Deck: Comparing Media Examples [PPT]
  • Activity Sheet 3.1: My Media Analysis [PDF] [Word]
  • Activity Sheet 3.2: Facts vs. Opinions [PDF] [Word]
  • Handout 3.3: How to Spot Fake News [PDF]

Lesson 4

Lesson 4: Municipal Elections [PDF]

  • Activity Sheet 4.1: Getting to Know the Candidates [PDF] [Word]
  • Handout 4.2: A Framework for Planning an All‑Candidates Debate [PDF]
  • Activity Sheet 4.3: Evaluating the All-Candidates Debate [PDF] [Word]

Lesson 5

Lesson 5: School Authorities and School Board Trustees [PDF]

  • Activity Sheet 5.1: My School Authority [PDF] [Word]
  • Activity Sheet 5.2: School Trustee Candidate Profile [PDF] [Word]

Lesson 6

Lesson 6: The Voting Process [PDF]

  • Activity Sheet 6.1: Preparing to Vote [PDF] [Word]
  • Activity Sheet 6.2: Democracy for Lunch! [PDF] [Word]
  • Student Vote Election Manual [PDF]

Assessment Opportunities

Assessment Opportunities [PDF]

  • Election Scrapbook Assignment [PDF]
  • Election Scrapbook Rubric [PDF]
  • Group Work Rubric [PDF]
  • Discussion Rubric [PDF]

Curriculum Connections

  • Junior and Senior High School Curriculum Connections [PDF]

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