Civics, Grade 10
Unit 1: Civics and Citizenship Begin Close to Home
What is Civics?
- the rights and responsibilities of citizens
- how decisions are made and who makes them
- ways that we can act for the common good in our communities at the local, national, and global level
The goal of learning about civics is to become an informed, engaged, and active citizen. The steps you take are as important as the facts that you learn. It is not a process that you will do alone - the citizenship process is one that we are all a part of.
Civics Writing Portfolio (discuss handout)
1. Your name and five symbols to represent you. (interests, hobbies, etc.)
2. Your country of origin and five symbols to represent it.
3. Course code: CHV 20
4. Words to describe how you define civics.
5. Words to describe how you define citizenship.
6. Be prepared to share your work with the class (observations/conversations)
Portfolio Introduction: Oral Presentation
___ I have included my name. (1 m)
___ I have included the course code. (1 m)
___ I have included the teacher's name. (1 m)
___ I have answered the question: How do I define CIVICS? (5 m)
___ I have included 5 symbols to represent who I am. (5 m)
___ I have included 5 symbols to represent my country. (5 m)
___ I was ready to present at the beginning of class on Tuesday, October 18th. (1 m)
___ I have reviewed the requirements on the Oral Presentation rubric. (1 m)
Total marks: /20
Citizenship - understanding the rights of citizens in various communities and the roles, responsibilities, and actions that go along with these rights
Common good - the well-being of people in a community or society in terms of justice, fairness, prosperity, and respect for human rights and the environment
Values - your beliefs about what is most important or valuable in life
Portfolio Entry #1
- What does citizenship mean to me?
Once you are finished writing your reflection, you must place your response in your portfolio. Please fill out the tracking sheet to indicate that you have completed this task.
Your Rights and Responsibilities: Key Terms
rule of law
Portfolio #3: Democracy Timeline
Unit 2: Government and the Political Process
The Three Levels of Government
Canada has three main levels of government.
1. The federal level
This level of government deals with areas of law listed in the Constitution Act, 1867 and that generally affect the whole country.
2. The provincial level
In each of the 10 provinces in Canada, the provincial government is responsible for areas listed in theConstitution Act, 1867, such as education, health care, some natural resources, and road regulations. Sometimes they share responsibility with the federal government. The three territories have their own governments, with responsibilities that are given to them by the federal government.
3. The municipal level
Municipal governments are responsible for areas such as libraries, parks, community water systems, local police, roadways and parking. They receive authority for these areas from the provincial governments. Across the country there are also band councils, which govern First Nations communities. These elected councils are similar to municipal councils and make decisions that affect their local communities.
Community Involvement and Municipal Government
by-law: a law enacted by a municipal council that applies to that municipality
deputation: a speech given to a governing body, or the act of appointing a person or group of people to represent others
enforcement: actions that compel people to obey laws
federal: to do with the central or national government of Canada
municipal council: a governing body of people elected to make decisions about municipal services and represent the interests of residents
municipal government: a system created by the provinces and territories for the purpose of managing local communities
municipality: a specified local area that is self-governed
- Pirate Party of Canada
- Green Party of Canada
- Democratic Party
- Work Less Party
- Liberal Party of Canada
- Conservative Party of Canada
- Republican Party
- New Democratic Party
party platform: a set of ideas and promises created during an election campaign to explain a political party's position on important issues
political ideology: a set of beliefs about how society should work and about the role of government in relation to economic, social, and moral affairs
Liberal Party of Canada
Conservative Party of Canada
- Current interim leader is Rona Ambrose
New Democratic Party of Canada (NDP)
Green Party of Canada
Political Cartoon Analysis
- What event/issue inspired the cartoon?
- Are there famous people in the cartoon? If so, who? What are they saying?
- Are there any objects/symbols in the cartoon? What do they represent?
- What is the main message?
- Do you agree/disagree with the cartoonist's message? Why or why not?
Article: Five ways Donald Trump could have an impact on Canada
Summary of an Article
- Find a recent article which deals with a federal government issue (like the one above).
- State the main idea of the article with an explanation of supporting evidence.