Activity 1: Introduction to the Court of Appeal
Provide students with Handout 1: Court of Appeal for BC. This activity involves viewing an online video segment, Court of Appeal for BC, from the Courts of BC website and reading some of the information. Students will use this information to answer the questions on the handout.
To see the answer key for Handout 1, see the Assessment section.
Activity 2: Viewing the Video
To help the students focus on the content of the video, Though the Heavens Fall, you could write the following questions on the board:
- What does the Court of Appeal do?
- Why are appeals important?
- How does the Court of Appeal reflect changing social values and attitudes? What are some examples in the video?
Play the DVD for the students (48 minutes).
Activity 3: Exploring the Concepts from Though the Heavens Fall
Provide students with Handout 2: Key Concepts in Though the Heavens Fall. You can have your students do Activity 3A: Time Warp at the Court of Appeal for BC or Activity 3B: Role of Court of Appeal Judges.
Activity 3A: Time Warp at the Court of Appeal
Provide students with Handout 3: Time Warp at the Court of Appeal for BC, which has three discussion questions. Ask the students to divide into groups. Introduce the activity by going over the scenario and the task. Explain that each group will be making a presentation to the class at the conclusion of the activity.
Activity 3B: Role of Court of Appeal Judges
Provide students with Handout 4: The Role of Court and Appeal Judges, which has six discussion questions. Ask the students to divide into groups. You may want to introduce the activity by asking students what they see as being the proper relationship between the judiciary and the legislators.
Assign discussion questions 1 & 2 to all groups; and assign one additional question to each group (using discussion questions 3-5). Question 6 is an optional question. If students have learned about the Charter’s override clause, you can assign this question to one or more groups.
To see the answer key for Handout 4, see the Assessment section.