The Law: It’s Not Like in the Movies!

Activity

The Law: It’s Not Like in the Movies!

Duration: 60 min.
Suggested level: Secondary 1
Subject: Anglais, langue seconde, Law, Ethics and Religious Culture, English Language Arts

Description

By staging a mock criminal trial, students discover the roles of various players in the Quebec justice system, the different steps in a trial and basic criminal law concepts.

Pedagogical objectives

  • Increase students’ knowledge of the Canadian legal system
  • Clear up certain misconceptions about the Canadian legal system
  • Learn more about different legal careers

Broad areas of learning

  • Citizenship and Community Life:
    • Promotion of the rules of social conduct and democratic institutions.
    • Adoption of a culture of peace
  • Career Planning and Entrepreneurship:
    • Familiarity with the world of work, social roles and occupations and trades

Cross-curicular competencies

  • Using information:
    • Gathering information and putting it to use
  • Solving problems:
    • Analyzing the components of a problem
    • Testing possible solutions
  • Exercising critical judgment:
    • Forming his/her opinion and comparing it to other opinions
  • Communicating appropriately:
    • Managing his/her communication process
  • Using the appropriate mode of communication

Related content

External pedagogical ressources

  • Part of an episode from the series Le droit de savoir on criminal law (French only)
  • Part of an episode from the series Le droit de savoir on evidence in a criminal trial (French only)

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Note

Requires 30 minutes preparation by students.