Our Teaching Guides

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Prepared Activities

Use our teaching guides to create your own learning activity! They vary in length and in target audience. Most of them are also available in French, so you can use them to teach French as a second language.

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School Searches and You

NEW! This activity prompts students to reflect on invasions of their privacy and learn about their rights regarding school searches.

Learning tools include discussion questions, two Supreme Court of Canada decisions, oral interaction, and optional reinvestment and writing tasks. Students are asked to take a position on the court decisions.

Duration:

2 ½ to 4 periods

Related content

Legal sources

Level: Secondary 4, 5
Subject: Anglais, langue seconde
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WEBQUEST – educaloi.qc.ca

NEW! Students discover a source of legal information to learn about legal issues that impact their daily lives.

This is a kind of scavenger hunt using the Youth Zone of educaloi.qc.ca.

It develops the ESL competencies of oral interaction and reinvesting understanding of texts.

Duration:

1 to 3 periods

Level: Secondary 3, 4, 5
Subject: Anglais, langue seconde
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Bioéthique: les bébés-médicaments (French Only)

À l’aide de cette trousse, vous amènerez vos élèves à réfléchir, débattre et prendre position sur des questions éthiques, puis à rédiger un projet de loi sur la question controversée des bébés-médicaments (ces enfants spécifiquement conçus pour sauver leur frère ou leur sœur aîné). Cette activité aborde deux enjeux de société:

  • La sélection d’embryons humains: pour ou contre?
  • Le prélèvement de parties du corps humain chez des enfants ou jeunes de moins de 18 ans: qui décide?
Level: All levels
Subject: Ethics and Religious Culture, English Language Arts, Contemporary World, Law
Duration: 75 min.
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Discrimination at School?

This teaching tool touches on both ethics and religious culture. It lets students explore the themes of justice, tolerance and the accommodation of differences. The activities include lectures, personal reflection exercises, discussions based on two real court cases and a case study done in groups.

Students have a chance to compare views and examine how guidelines for reasonable accommodation practices have been developed in Quebec, especially in schools.

The materials include evaluation tools for teachers.

Related content

External resources

Legal sources

Level: Secondary 3, 4, 5
Subject: Ethics and Religious Culture, English Language Arts, History, Contemporary World, Law, Anglais, langue seconde
Duration: 75 min.
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L'évolution du droit à l'avortement (French Only)

Cette situation d’apprentissage et d’évaluation fait revivre aux élèves un jugement de la Cour suprême du Canada qui a mené à la décriminalisation de l’avortement, soit l’affaire Tremblay c. Daigle. Cette activité permet aux élèves de comprendre que le droit et la loi sont en constante évolution au même titre que la société.

L’apprentissage se fait par la préparation, en équipe, d’une présentation orale qui expose la position réelle d’un groupe d’influence de l’époque qui est intervenu dans l’affaire Tremblay c. Daigle et par la rédaction d’une réflexion personnelle qui présente une prise de position argumentée à la Cour suprême.

Level: Secondary 2
Subject: Ethics and Religious Culture, History, Law
Duration: 75 min.
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A Right to Privacy

This activity gets students thinking about why privacy rights are protected. Learning tools include three real court decisions, discussion questions, a simulated negotiation session and a writing exercise. Students are called on to take a position on how privacy rights are defined in Canada.

Suggested courses

  • History
  • Ethics and Religious Culture
  • Contemporary World

Related content

External resources

Legal sources

Level: Secondary 3, 4, 5
Subject: Ethics and Religious Culture, English Language Arts, History, Contemporary World, Law
Duration: 75 min.
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The Rights of Youth Here and Around the World

In this activity, students step into the shoes of a judge, lawyer or social worker to write a persuasive or explanatory text on one of these four themes:

  • freedom of religion of children and teenagers
  • children, teenagers and work
  • the rights of children when parents divorce
  • criminal system punishments for teenagers

Suggested courses

  • English Language Arts teachers can use this activity to help students learn how to structure a persuasive or explanatory text. Teachers of Français, langue seconde can use the French version of this guide to do the same activity in French.
  • Ethics and Religious Culture teachers can use the activity to have students reflect on ethical issues and the themes of tolerance, criminal justice and work conditions in certain countries.
  • Teachers of History can show students the legal documents that protect human rights and get them thinking about the evolution of rights over time.

Related content

Freedom of Religion of Children and Teenagers

Children, Teenagers and Work

The Rights of Children When Parents Divorce

Criminal System Punishments for Teenagers

General

External resources

  • The website of Equitas – the International Centre for Human Rights Education - has teaching guides on the rights of children and human rights generally.
  • Unicef has teaching resources about the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Legal sources

Level: Secondary 4, 5
Subject: Ethics and Religious Culture, English Language Arts, History, Contemporary World, Law, Anglais, langue seconde, Français, langue seconde
Duration: 240 min.
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Legal Careers

There are a lot of careers in the field of law. Some are well-known, but others are not.

The first activity (Who Am I?) introduces students to a variety of jobs that involve the law. Students then use clues to identify different careers. The second activity gives students a more in-depth look at these careers. Working in teams, they hunt for answers to fill in the blanks for a detailed picture of each career.

Students can also explore the Legal Careers section of Éducaloi’s Youth Zone website.

Suggested courses

  • Work-Oriented Training Path
  • Personal Orientation Project

Related content

External resources

Emploi Québec has a website with detailed information on many careers: descriptions, job prospects, training, etc.

The website Heading for Success also has a lot of information on a wide variety of careers.

Level: All levels
Subject: Personal Orientation Project (POP), Work-Oriented Training Path, Contemporary World, Law, Anglais, langue seconde, Entrepreneurship, Exploration of Vocational Training, Adult Education, Français, langue seconde
Duration: 135 min.
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Legal Careers in the Indigenous Context

In this activity, students learn about the variety of law-related jobs.

It was designed with the realities of Indigenous people in mind and has been reviewed by Indigenous professionals.

Accompanying the activity are testimonials from positive Indigenous role models.

Suggested courses

  • Personal Orientation Project (POP)

  • Work-Oriented Training Path

Class workshops

Discover inspiring Indigenous professionals in the Legal Careers section of our website.

A legal professional can visit your class to run a free introductory law workshop.

Related content

External resources

  • The Emploi Quebec information website(IMT en ligne) has information on various careers which includes job descriptions, job prospects and required training.
Level: All levels
Subject: Personal Orientation Project (POP), Work-Oriented Training Path, Contemporary World, Law, Exploration of Vocational Training
Duration: 75 min.
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Don’t Fight, Mediate!

Conflict is an inevitable reality of living in society. It arises whenever two people with different needs, interests, opinions and goals cannot agree. It takes various forms: arguments, silence, violence, relationship break-ups, a sense of unfairness or of not being respected, lawsuits, etc.

Mediation can be a simple way to solve conflicts. Its success depends, in part, on each side’s willingness and ability to find a lasting, effective solution.

Students are asked to take on specific roles in a simulated mediation session to resolve a conflict between two teens and their families. The activity calls on students’ cooperation skills to find a solution they can all live with.

Related content

External resources

Level: Grade 6
Subject: Ethics and Religious Culture, English Language Arts, Law, Anglais, langue seconde, History, Français, langue seconde
Duration: 120 min.
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Criminal Trials: Actors and Steps

This activity explains the roles of people who play a part in a criminal trial, and the steps in the process. It starts with some history about the Canadian legal system and the differences between civil and criminal law.

It can be useful to do the activities in the Legal Careers guide beforehand.

Related content

Helpful resources

Level: All levels
Subject: Ethics and Religious Culture, English Language Arts, Personal Orientation Project (POP), History, Contemporary World, Law, Anglais, langue seconde
Duration: 60 min.
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Procès simulé: l'interrogatoire (French Only)

La trousse Procès simulé en droit criminel: L’interrogatoire vous permet de reproduire dans votre classe une étape centrale de tout procès criminel. Vos élèves sont amenés à interpréter le rôle de l’avocat qui prépare et mène l’interrogatoire et le contre-interrogatoire de témoins.

Level: Secondary 2
Subject: Ethics and Religious Culture, English Language Arts, History, Law
Duration: 60 min.
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Tiens voilà l’État (French only)

Cette activité éducative est une introduction au droit destinée aux élèves du secondaire.

Ils découvriront diverses notions liées à l’État comme la séparation des pouvoirs, l‘organisation politique canadienne et, pour les classes les plus avancées, les notions de gouvernement majoritaire et minoritaire.

Une présentation PowerPoint dynamique et imagée permet à l’enseignant d’illustrer ces concepts abstraits et complexes.

Cette activité est accompagnée de:

  • Un texte troué;
    (Il permet de garder l’attention de vos élèves et de les évaluer si vous le désirez.)
  • Une activité de débat.
Level: Secondary 2
Subject: English Language Arts, History, Law, Français, langue seconde
Duration: 60 min.
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