A Right to Privacy

Duration: 2 period(s)
Suggested level: Secondary Cycle One
Subject: Culture and Citizenship in Quebec, English Language Arts, Law


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.

Educational objectives

  • To learn more about the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, privacy rights and their application in school
  • To learn about how judges reach decisions
  • To learn to effectively express an opinion during a discussion
  • To practise writing an article or personal reflection

Subjects and subject-specific competencies

  • Ethics and Religious Culture:
    • Competency 1: Freedom, justice
    • Competency 3: Engages in dialogue
  • English Language Arts:
    • (Option A) Competency 2: Represents her/his literacy in different media
    • (Option B) Competency 1: Uses language/talk to communicate and to learn


2 periods

Connections with other subjects

  • History of Quebec and Canada:
    • Societal choices in contemporary Quebec (Proclamation of the Constitution Act, 1982)

Broad areas of learning

  • Media Literacy: Knowledge of and respect for individual and collective rights and responsibilities regarding the different media
  • Health and Well-Being: Self-awareness and awareness of his/her basic needs

Cross-curricular competencies

  • Uses information: Gathers information and puts it to use
  • Exercises critical judgment: Forms and expresses his/her opinion
  • Communicates appropriately

Related content

  • Differences Between Civil Trials and Criminal or Penal Trials (video or text)

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