Pick Your Side!


Pick Your Side!

Duration: 60 min.
Suggested level: Secondary 3
Subject: Law, Ethics and Religious Culture, English Language Arts


September 2023: 2 new debate topics. Check them out in the debate topics list at the end of this page.

Students take a position on issues that stimulate debate. They learn that the concept of justice evolves constantly and is shaped by the clash of ideas and changing societal values. Students then discuss why they chose one side over the other. The volunteer legal professional presents relevant legal information and encourages students to reflect on the issues raised.

Pedagogical objectives

  • Increase students’ knowledge of the law
  • Encourage reflection on the origins and fairness of certain laws
  • Take a position and express an opinion on complex and possibly controversial topics

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:
    • Putting information to use
  • Solving problems:
    • Analyzing the components of a problem
  • Exercising critical judgment:
    • Forming and expressing an opinion while understanding the opinions of others

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