Secondary Resources

This activity resource was developed for secondary students. Each lesson has several activities and options available, for the ease of adapting it to your particular classroom. Please use, modify, rearrange and choose from this resource 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.

Below you will the find eight lesson plans along with corresponding handouts and worksheets. Many of the lessons suggest videos or PowerPoint presentations to assist with the instruction portion of the lesson; these can be found on the Videos and PowerPoints pages. Various assessment tools are also included at the end, along with a glossary of terms.


Secondary Lesson Pathways [PDF]
Lesson 1: Governance and Democracy [PDF]
Handout 1.1: Principles of Democracy [PDF]
Worksheet 1.2: What are the Principles of Democracy? [PDF] [Word]
Worksheet 1.3: Who Should Decide? [PDF] [Word]
Lesson 2: Democratic Rights and Responsibilities [PDF]
Handout 2.1: Highlights from the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms [PDF]
Handout 2.2: History of Voting Rights in Canada [PDF]
Worksheet 2.3: The Right to Vote [PDF] [Word]
Handout 2.4: Voter Turnout by Age Group (Federal Elections) [PDF]
Lesson 3: Governments in Canada [PDF]
Worksheet 3.1: Government in Canada [PDF] [Word]
Handout 3.2: Government Responsibilities [PDF]
Worksheet 3.3: Investigating Government [PDF] [Word]
Worksheet 3.4: Government All Around [PDF] [Word]
Political Trivia Jeopardy! [PPT]
Lesson 4: Political Parties [PDF]
Worksheet 4.1: Where Are You on the Political Spectrum? [PDF] [Word]
Handout 4.2: The Basic Political Spectrum [PDF]
Handout 4.3: 2012 Election Results [PDF]
Worksheet 4.4: Getting to Know the Parties [PDF] [Word]
Worksheet 4.5: Understanding the Issues and Platforms [PDF] [Word]
Worksheet 4.6: Evaluating the Leaders’ Debate [PDF] [Word]
Lesson 5: Local Candidates and Issues [PDF]
Worksheet 5.1: Election Candidate Profile [PDF] [Word]
Handout 5.2: A Framework for Planning an All-Candidates Meeting [PDF]
Lesson 6: The Role of Media in Elections [PDF]
Worksheet 6.1: My Media Analysis [PDF] [Word]
Worksheet 6.2: Facts vs. Opinions [PDF] [Word]
Lesson 7: The Voting Process [PDF]
Worksheet 7.1: Preparing to Vote [PDF] [Word]
Lesson 8: Post-Election Analysis [PDF]
Assessment Opportunities [PDF]
Election Scrapbook Assignment [PDF]
Election Scrapbook Assignment Rubric [PDF]
Group Work Activity Rubric [PDF]
Discussion Rubric [PDF]
Alberta Government Quiz [PDF] [Word]
Glossary [PDF]
All lesson plans may also be downloaded in one file here.

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