Are you looking for fresh ideas to help you engage your students in the issues that they care about? Do you need engaging ways to teach about the Canadian Constitution? The new learning activity from Elections Canada, Civic Action: Then and Now may be just what you’re looking for. In this activity, students engage in analyzing historical case studies. They discover through this non-partisan, hands-on activity how people in the past took action to make a difference. How did women work together to get the vote? How did George Manuel and two trains help achieve Aboriginal and treaty rights in Canada’s Constitution? How have Canadians taken action for change in the past? How can your students plan their own civic action for change? Come try out this fun, interactive activity for yourself and see how your students can start connecting their ideas and interests to our democracy. All Elections Canada resources are free and available to order and download in both French and English and language-learner versions. This learning activity would fit well in Social Studies 10, BC First Peoples, Political Studies or even Genocide Studies course.
Social Studies 10, BC First Peoples, Political Studies, Genocide Studies. French Immersion teachers also
Rachel Collishaw has been teaching for over 20 years at the secondary level, she has been an instructional coach and curriculum lead in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. She is a recipient of the 2013 Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching for her work with Historical Thinking Concepts in her history classes. She is an author of several inquiry-based textbooks and learning resources. She is currently seconded to Elections Canada, where she is a Senior Education Specialist, developing civic education resources and delivering professional learning. She is also president of the Ontario History and Social Science Teachers’ Association (OHASSTA) and a mother of two young adults. While she grew up on Algonquin territory (Ottawa), she has lived in Europe and started her teaching career in New Zealand.
Sonja van der Putten teaches at Kwantlen Park Secondary in Surrey and is a member of Elections Canada's Advisory Circle of Educators. She worked with teachers across Canada to develop civic education resources and make sure that they support teachers' needs in British Columbia.