Secondary Resources

The Secondary resource was developed for grades 8 to 12. 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 eight lesson plans along with corresponding handouts and activity sheets. Many of the lessons suggest videos or PowerPoint presentations to assist with the instruction portion of the lesson; these can be found on the POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS and VIDEOS pages. Various assessment tools are also posted, along with a glossary of terms.


Activity Resource:

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


Lesson 1: Government and Democracy

  • Lesson 1 [PDF]
  • Activity Sheet 1.1: Survivor Island [PDF] [Word]
  • Handout 1.2: Principles of Democracy [PDF]
  • Activity Sheet 1.3: What are the Principles of Democracy [PDF] [Word]
  • Activity Sheet 1.4: How Should We Decide? [PDF] [Word]


Lesson 2: Rights and Responsibilities in a Democracy

  • Lesson 2 [PDF]
  • Handout 2.1: Highlights from the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms [PDF]
  • Handout 2.2: History of Voting Rights in Canada [PDF]
  • Handout 2.3: History of Voting Rights in British Columbia [PDF]
  • Activity Sheet 2.4: The Right to Vote [PDF] [Word]
  • Activity Sheet 2.5: Our Rights and Responsibilities [PDF] [Word]
  • Handout 2.6: Federal Election Voter Turnout by Age Group [PDF]


Lesson 3: Governments in Canada

  • Lesson 3 [PDF]
  • Activity Sheet 3.1: Government in Canada [PDF] [Word]
  • Handout 3.2: Government Responsibilities [PDF]
  • Activity Sheet 3.3: Investigating Government [PDF] [Word]
  • Handout 3.4: History of Indigenous Self-Government [PDF]
  • Activity Sheet 3.5: First Nation Profile [PDF] [Word]
  • Provincial Ministry Descriptions [PDF]
  • Political Trivia Jeopardy! [PPT]


Lesson 4: Media

  • Lesson 4 [PDF]
  • Activity Sheet 4.1: My Media Analysis [PDF] [Word]
  • Activity Sheet 4.2: Facts vs. Opinions [PDF] [Word]
  • Handout 4.3: How to Spot Fake News [PDF]


Lesson 5: Values, Issues and Perspectives 

  • Lesson 5 [PDF]
  • Activity Sheet 5.1: Where Are You on the Political Spectrum? [PDF] [Word]
  • Handout 5.2: The Basic Political Spectrum [PDF]
  • Activity Sheet 5.3: Evaluating Provincial Issues [PDF] [Word]
  • Activity Sheet 5.4: Understanding the Issues [PDF] [Word]


Lesson 6: Elections in British Columbia

  • Lesson 6 [PDF]
  • Handout 6.1: 2013 Provincial Election Results [PDF]
  • Activity Sheet 6.2: Getting to Know the Parties [PDF] [Word]
  • Activity Sheet 6.3: Evaluating the Leaders’ Debate [PDF] [Word]
  • Handout 6.4: A Framework for Planning an All‑Candidates Meeting [PDF]
  • Activity Sheet 6.5: Election Candidate Profile [PDF] [Word]


Lesson 7: Opinion Polling

  • Lesson 7 [PDF]


Lesson 8: The Voting Process

  • Lesson 8 [PDF]
  • Video: Student Vote 2015 [YouTube]
  • Activity Sheet 8.1: Preparing to Vote [PDF] [Word]
  • Student Vote Election Manual [PDF]


Lesson 9: Post-Election Analysis

  • Lesson 9 [PDF]
  • Activity Sheet 9.1: Results Comparison [PDF] [Word]
  • Handout 6.1: 2013 Provincial Election Results [PDF]


Assessment Opportunities

  • Assessment Opportunities [PDF]
  • Election Scrapbook Assignment [PDF]
  • Election Scrapbook Assignment Rubric [PDF]
  • Group Work Activity Rubric [PDF]
  • Discussion Rubric [PDF]
  • Government and the Electoral Process in B.C. Quiz [PDF] [Word]
  • Glossary [PDF]