Me, an informed, active & purposeful member of my community

Lesson Objectives:

By the end of this lesson I will know:

1. The three types of citizens.

2. My rights, responsibilities and freedoms as a Canadian citizen.

3. Explain the responsibilities of being a Canadian citizen.

How would you describe a good citizen?

For our first task, we will use a strategy called Paired Verbal Fluency to explore our perceptions on what is it to be a good citizen.

  • One person will be A, the other will be B
  • Take turns discussing the topic using the question below as a prompt
  • Do not repeat anything already said

Three rounds:

  • Round 1 - 60 seconds each (A first, then B)
  • Round 2 - 30 seconds each (A first, then B)
  • Round 3 - 15 seconds each (A first, then B)

If you were asked to describe what it means to be a good Canadian citizen, what qualities or images come to mind?

What Kind of Citizen Will You Be?

Kid President - How To Change The World (a work in progress)

Three Kind of Citizens

1. Personally Responsible Citizen: the honest, law abiding citizen who is there for people when they need help.

2. Participatory Citizen: an community member who works to make the community a better place to live.

3. Justice Oriented Citizen: critically evaluates social, political and economic injustice to find ways to change the system for the better.

What is "Active" Citizenship?

- A citizen who takes an active role in their communities.

- When citizens exercise their democratic rights and responsibilities.

- Someone who makes their voice heard.

Watch & Respond: How Can I Be An Active Citizen?

In your notebook, record how one student's actions throughout the day can change the community he lives in.
Why Citizenship Matters

Rights, Freedoms Responsibilities of Canadian Citizenship

Video Watch & Response

Key terms:

Rights & Freedoms- Those things we are morally or legally entitled to have or have to do.

Responsibilities- A duty or obligation. As citizens, we all have responsibilities that are linked to our rights.

Rights and Responsibilities

What Do I know About Rights &Freedoms?

In groups, we will create a Venn Diagram to identify what your know about our rights, freedoms and responsibilities. To fill in the diagram, place what you consider to be Canadian:

1. Rights in circle A.

2. Freedoms in circle B.

3. Similarities in the overlapping circle.

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Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms

With a partner, read the Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms. After reviewing, provide 2 examples of:

1. Fundamental Freedoms

2. Mobility Rights

3. Legal Rights

4. Equality Rights

5. Official Language Rights

6. Rights only reserved for Canadian Citizens

Also, read the case studies and answer any two. Be prepared to share your findings with the class.

Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms Review

Abercrombie Case Study

Read & Respond

Read the article in groups in groups of 3-4 students. Discuss the questions in your group and record your responses in your notebook.


  1. When have you limited your own rights out of respect for the rights of others?

  2. Who do you think should have the most impact on how rights are balanced – citizens, politicians, or judges?

Reflection: Post It!

Using the two post it notes provided, stick your answers on the wall as your exit from the class.

Green post it- what does it mean to be a good citizen?

Orange post it- what right or freedom is most important to you?