Lesson 3: Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Activities

Activity 1: Overview of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Ask your students to read Handout 1: Overview of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms or go over it with them. Have them complete Handout 2: Learning About the Charter.
To see the answer key for Handout 2, see the Assessment section.

Activity 2: Freedoms and Responsibilities
Distribute Handout 3: Freedoms and Responsibilities to your students. Ask students to brainstorm answers to the question, “What freedoms do you have at school and in the classroom?” Write down students’ answers on white board. This lesson is focusing on the fundamental freedoms we have as Canadians. We also have rights under the Charter but those are not being dealt with in this lesson.

  1. Ask students to create a definition for “Freedoms.” (You may give the actual definition after hearing student responses.)
  1. Ask students, “What are your responsibilities at school and in the classroom?” Write down students’ responses on whiteboard.
  1. Ask students to come up with a definition for “Responsibilities.” Write down students’ responses. (You may also want to put up the actual definition for the students.)
  1. Divide students into groups of 2-4. Ask “What is the connection between ‘freedoms’ and ‘responsibilities’”? Give examples. (For example: I have the freedom to practice any religion I want. I must be responsible and accept and protect the right for others to practice their religious beliefs.)

Activity 3: Fundamental Freedoms in the Charter
Go over Handout 4: Fundamental Freedoms in the Charter with your students or hand out a copy of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to each of your groups. Have students answer the questions on the back of Handout 3: Freedoms and Responsibilities. Have each group share their answers with the class.
To see the answer key for Handout 3, see the Assessment section.