Secondary Resources

The Secondary resource was developed for grades 9 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 slide decks or videos to assist with the instruction portion of the lesson; these can be found on the MULTI-MEDIA TOOLS page.


Activity Resource:

  • Welcome [PDF]
  • How to Use this Resource [PDF]
  • Power Up: The News Challenge [PDF]
  • Suggestions for Wider Engagement [PDF]
  • Lesson Pathway [PDF]
  • Curriculum Connections [PDF]
  • Glossary [PDF]


Lesson 1: Values, Beliefs & Perspectives

  • Lesson 1 [PDF]
  • Lesson 1 — 3-2-1 Exit Card [PDF
  • Activity 1.1: Where are you on the political spectrum? [PDF]
  • Handout 1.2: The Political Spectrum [PDF]
  • Activity 1.3: Positioning Statements on the Political Spectrum [PDF]


Lesson 2: Governance and Democracy

  • Lesson 2 [PDF]
  • Activity 2.1: Comparing Different Government Types [PDF]  
  • Exemplar 2.2: Comparing Different Government Types [PDF]
  • Handout 2.3: Principles of Democracy [PDF]


Lesson 3: Universal Suffrage

  • Lesson 3 [PDF]
  • Handout 3.1: History of Voting Rights in Canada [PDF]


Lesson 4: Democratic Participation

  • Lesson 4 [PDF]
  • Handout 4.1: Federal Election Voter Turnout by Age Group [PDF]


Lesson 5: Governments in Canada

  • Lesson 5 [PDF]
  • Activity 5.1: Government in Canada — KWL Chart [PDF]
  • Handout 5.2: Federal, Provincial and Municipal Responsibilities [PDF
  • Activity 5.3: Levels of Government Graphic Organizer [PDF]
  • Activity 5.4: Government? What does it have to do with me? [PDF]


Lesson 6: Provincial Government in New Brunswick

  • Lesson 6 [PDF]
  • Activity 6.1: Anticipation Guide [PDF]
  • Handout 6.2: 2010 & 2014 General Election Results [PDF
  • Handout 6.3: New Brunswick Provincial Department Descriptions [PDF]


Lesson 7: Elections in New Brunswick

  • Lesson 7 [PDF]
  • Graphic Organizer 7.1: Getting to Know the Candidates & Parties [PDF]


Lesson 8: The Voting Process

  • Lesson 8 [PDF]
  • Activity 8.1: Preparing to Vote [PDF]
  • Student Vote Election Manual [PDF]