Other Curriculum Resources

Here you will find a selection of resources produced by NGOs, educational organizations and others that we believe are potentially useful in helping teachers address legal literacy and the related themes of human rights, identity, citizenship and environmental sustainability.

 

Media Awareness Network has developed a series of lessons, in English and in French, to give students a better understanding of the ethical and legal implications of cyberbullying and to promote positive Internet use. Intended to support and enhance school-based anti-bullying and empathy-building programs, Cyberbullying: Encouraging ethical online behaviour comprises the following:

Introduction to Cyberbullying: Avatars and Identity Grades 5-6

With the layering of identity through the use of nicknames and avatars, as well as a sense of anonymity, it is easy for young people to sometimes forget that real people—with real feelings—are at the heart of online conversations. In this lesson, students are provided with opportunities to explore this concept and discuss the importance of using empathy and common sense when talking to others online.

Understanding Cyberbullying - Virtual vs. Physical Worlds Grades 7-8

In this lesson, students explore the concept of cyberbullying and learn how the attributes associated with online communication may fuel inappropriate or bullying behaviour. Connections between other contributing factors to bullying—online and offline—are also reinforced as students develop an understanding of the role played by bystanders and the ways in which our own responses may fuel or stop this kind of behaviour. As a class, students establish a class “code of (N)ethics” for online conduct.

Cyberbullying and the Law Grades 7-8 and Grades 9-12 (two lessons)

In these lessons, secondary and middle school students learn about and discuss the legal aspects of cyberbullying. They review a variety of hypothetical scenarios and a case study, and consider the seriousness of the situations, who is legally responsible, what action (if any) should be taken and by whom. To determine this, students will seek answers to the following questions: How does cyberbullying differ from offline bullying? What aspects of a cyberbullying case make it a cause for legal action? What determines whether it is a civil or a criminal matter? How should rights to freedom of expression, guaranteed under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, be balanced against rights to security of person? When and how are schools responsible for cyberbullying cases?

Cyberbullying and Civic Participation Grades 7-8

This lesson allows students to explore the concept of civic participation in the creation of Canadian laws through a study of the consultation process found in the Canada Gazette. Students will create their own School Gazette by proposing and discussing rules against cyberbullying at school.

Promoting Ethical Online Behaviour: Our Values and Ethics Grades 7-9

In this 3-part lesson, students learn about online privacy and ethical behaviour by exploring their digital footprints to better understand how our online interactions may not be as anonymous as we think they are. In Part One, students create a digital map of their Web-based activities and the various characters and personas they assume online. In Part Two, students further assess the privacy and ethics of their online activities by applying their cyber-portraits to a questionnaire and, in Part Three, students look at areas in their virtual lives where they can make improvements.

Cyberbullying: Encouraging Ethical Online Behaviour is also supported by a number of backgrounders, based on current research. These include:

A general Cyberbullying Backgrounder for teachers


A backgrounder for teachers outlining Cyberbullying-Rights and Responsibilities


A Cyberbullying and the Law Fact Sheet


A Parents’ Guide to Cyberbullying

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Critical Challenges in Law and Government

Critical Thinking Consortium

This series of classroom resources supports students in thinking critically about the operations and policies of various levels of government. The materials focus on four topics: cultural diversity and equity, aboriginal rights, federal provincial power sharing. The activities are complemented by extensive blackline masters and assessment rubrics.

Middle-Senior Human Rights Identity Citizenship Sustainability

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Educating for Human Rights: A Teacher's Guide (Grades 1-6)

By: Indo-Canadian Women's Association in partnership with the John Humphrey Centre

This guide provides teachers with strategies in human rights education that encourage an appreciation of diversity in our communities and classrooms as well as support educators in integrating cross-cultural values across all subject areas. It also integrates meaningful opportunities that assist teachers in addressing discrimination and promoting respect and responsibility in their classroom.

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Being an Active Citizen

By: Justice Education Society

This resource Packages for grades 7-11 includes 10 lessons per grade on the three components of law, government, and community engagement. The materials introduce students to the fundamentals of law and how the justice system works, and the structure and operation of our governments. It encourages students to participate in their community as active citizens.

Grade 7-11 Human Rights Identity Citizenship Sustainability

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Action for Peace: Dimensions of War and Peace

By: the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights

This resource encourages students to explore the historical and current dimensions and impacts of war. It includes exploration of the impact of war on children, nuclear war, the changing face of war, and the role of peace. Japan is used as a case study, highlighting the history of nuclear warfare. The lesson plans invite students to consider Canada’s role in the international dimensions of conflict and peace. More at…

Free Resource

Grade 6-10 Human Rights Identity Citizenship Sustainability

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Access to Media (A.M.E.S)

Locally based, the A.M.E.S. has created over 150 short films and PSA's, some of which, have become the centerpieces of comprehensive series educational packages currently being used in classrooms across BC. The Resources for Change section of the site is a clearing-house for anti-discrimination education resources and is designed for educators and individuals committed to making positive change.

Grade 6-10 Human Rights Identity Citizenship Sustainability

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Caring for Young People's Rights

Authors: Jan Nicol, Dan Kirk, Linday Gibson
Editor: Roland Case

This book, and others in the series, can be ordered by contacting The Critical Thinking Consortium

Seven challenges in this resource foster understanding of the nature and range of basic human rights and appreciation of the importance of protecting these rights. Human rights are personalized through real-life profiles of young people in a variety of developing countries. The challenges are activity-based and are designed to use critical thinking skills to assess “quality of life,” develop a class Charter of Young People's Rights, refine that charter, and then consider development projects that would help secure selected rights for a group of young people from around the world who are profiled in previous chapters.

Grade 6-10 Human Rights Identity Citizenship Sustainability

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Active Citizenship: Student Action Projects

By: Roland Case et al.

This book, and others in the series, can be ordered by contacting The Critical Thinking Consortium

Written, edited and published in BC, this is a companion volume to Caring for Young People's Rights. This resource provides teachers with information and materials needed to get students thinking about planning and successfully executing an 'action project' in their school, community, or world. Sections, are supported with blackline masters, case studies, and discussions on active citizenship and critical thinking. Can be used in conjunction with Caring for Young People's Rights.

$29.95

Grade 6-10 Human Rights Identity Citizenship Sustainability

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Internment and Redress: The Story of Japanese Canadians

By: Masako Fukawa et. al.

A locally developed resource, the materials presented support many of the learning outcomes contained in social studies IRP's and Social Responsibility Standards for the intermediate grades. The lessons provide students with opportunities to critically reflect upon events and issues. Students examine primary sources: copies of actual photographs, government documents, post cards and personal accounts to make these connections. Their reflections are chronicled in their journals. This resource has been field tested in grades four, five, six and seven across the lower mainland.

Grade 6-10 Human Rights Identity Citizenship Sustainability

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Dealing With Name-Calling

By Pride Education Network (PEN) &  BCTF

A resource addressing homophobic name-calling at school. The first three chapters: Rationale; Strategies; and Educational Leadership for Changing School Culture, provide teachers with the background knowledge. The unit is comprised of six lesson plans. Each one includes learning outcomes, vocabulary, context, assessment activities, handouts, and resources. Activities are mainly focused on group discussions, role-plays, and writing.

Grade 6-10 Human Rights Identity Citizenship Sustainability

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Pride and Prejudice: The Road to Human Rights and Multiculturalism in British Columbia (DVD)

By: Marcuse, G. et al.

This 58-minute video resource, intended for student viewing, provides an opportunity for the viewer to explore the racist policies and practices of our own government and people. The resource reviews the legislation that has impacted human rights in the Province. It covers many of the cultural groups in BC and highlights their own experiences and the struggles they have faced. The use of high school students in the video is very effective.

Grade 8-10 Human Rights Identity Citizenship Sustainability

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Deceptive Beauty: A Look at the Global Flower Industry

By: Victoria International Development Education Association

A provincially developed resource, this booklet encourages an appreciation of labour and environmental issues in the global flower industry, including trading conditions, health and safety of workers, use of pesticides, repression of union activists, and strategies to support flower workers.

Grade 8-10 Human Rights Identity Citizenship Sustainability

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Take Action! A Guide to Active Citizenship: How to Change the World

By: Craig Kielburger & Marc Kielburger

This book, and others in the series, can be ordered by contacting The Critical Thinking Consortium

Take Action! Is a hands-on guide to active citizenship packed with the tools young people need to make a difference. Human rights activists Marc and Craig Kielburger share tips and advice from the lessons they’ve learned as founders of Free The Children. This picture-packed book features the 7 Steps to Social Involvement, 101 Fundraising Ideas and sections on working with the media, action planning, public speaking and rallying others to join the cause.

Grade 8-9 Human Rights Identity Citizenship Sustainability

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Learning for a Sustainable Future

By: Victoria International Development Education Association

This Canadian database offers innovative ideas for classroom inquires and activities organized by recommended teaching levels (grades) and themes.

Grade 8-9 Human Rights Identity Citizenship Sustainability

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Educating for Global Citizenship in a Changing World - A Teacher's Resource Handbook

By: The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

This 200-page resource is offered for free. It is designed to provide educators with a range of ideas and practices for teaching and learning about citizenship within today's global context. The ideas and practices were developed and piloted by practising teachers (Toronto, Ontario). The resource includes ten chapters: Exploring the Dimensions of Global Citizenship; Creating an Inclusive Classroom Climate with a Global Perspective; Examining Social Justice and our Human Rights: Developing the Skills of Critical Inquiry; Investigating Public Issues of Global Importance; Connecting Moral Issues of Global Importance to Students' Lives; Building Collaborative Partnerships for Enquiry and Engagement in Global Citizenship; Getting Involved as a Global Citizen: Taking Action for Change; Infusing Perspectives of Global Citizenship Through School-Wide Activities; Assessing Student Learning and Global Citizenship; and Web Resources for the Classroom.

Grade 10 Human Rights Identity Citizenship Sustainability

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Outlet: Queer Youth Speak Out

Produced by Access to Media Education Society, learning resource guide and 27-minute videocassette, Published: 2002, Price: $10.00

This video and learning resource guide package talks about growing up queer in a heterosexual world. Featuring candid stories about the challenges of coming out, Outlet, reminds us how complex identity is and how rarely people are supported in exploring it. Above all, this video celebrates people for having the courage to be true to themselves--whatever their orientation. This video is part of the AMES Peer Perspectives by and for youth series.

Grade 10 Human Rights Identity Citizenship Sustainability

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Children's Rights and Global Citizenship

Supplied By: Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children

This activity guide explores social justice issues in the context of Canada’s international obligations and initiatives relating to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It consists of ten units: Introduction; War Affected Children; Sexual Exploitation; Child Labour; Education; Discrimination; Health; Environment; Family; and Participation. Each unit provides learning outcomes and instructions, a fact sheet, articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, international agreements and Canadian initiatives related to the unit, case studies, and student activities/projects.

Grade 10 Human Rights Identity Citizenship Sustainability

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Not So Natural Disasters

By: CODEV Canada

This collection of materials looks at the human causes of climate change, and the differential impacts of climate change on different people based on their livelihoods, level of wealth, and location in developed or underdeveloped societies. The supplement focuses on those affected by Hurricane Katrina. It has both Canadian and international content. It comes with has instructional aids, overviews for units, case study materials, activity handouts for students, and suggested activities for research and evaluation.

http://www.codev.org/our-work/resources-for-teachers/

Grade 10 Human Rights Identity Citizenship Sustainability

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Nature Guide To Boundary Bay

Anne Murray and David Blevins, Published: 2006, Price: $25.95

This guide book includes photographs illustrating the plants, animals and landscapes found in Boundary Bay, a premier birding area and wildlife destination in the heart of the Fraser River estuary. This book covers all of Boundary Bay and its watershed. It can be used to learn about nature in Boundary Bay, including where and when to go and what to see. Find out about bird migration on the Pacific flyway, life in the intertidal zone, nocturnal creatures, local nature destinations and much more.
Audience: Grades K - 12

Grade 6-9 Human Rights Identity Citizenship Sustainability

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Land of the Spirit Bear

D. Simon Jackson, Spirit Bear Youth Coalition, 12-minute VHS videocassette and colour poster, Published: 2003, Price: $29.95

This package includes a 12-minute video, CD ROM, 23-page teacher's guide and an 18-page student's guide. The Spirit Bear Youth Coalition Education CD ROM provides teachers and students with a tool kit for action. With sample lesson plans for teachers and leadership ideas for students, the CD provides detailed information on the spirit bear and the youth movement behind the campaign to illustrate the Youth Coalition's message: the power of one - united as one voice. The video overviews the habitat and environment of the white Kermode or spirit bear of British Columbia. The future of the spirit bear is threatened by clear-cut logging, as the spirit bear numbers fewer than four hundred. For 13 years, the campaign to save North America's rarest bear has been the longest standing and most supported conservation initiative in Canadian history. Recommended by the B.C. Ministry of Education.

Grade 6-9 Human Rights Identity Citizenship Sustainability

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Take Action! A Guide to Active Citizenship: How to Change the World

By: Craig Kielburger & Marc Kielburger

This book, and others in the series, can be ordered by contacting The Critical Thinking Consortium

Take Action! Is a hands-on guide to active citizenship packed with the tools young people need to make a difference. Human rights activists Marc and Craig Kielburger share tips and advice from the lessons they’ve learned as founders of Free The Children. This picture-packed book features the 7 Steps to Social Involvement, 101 Fundraising Ideas and sections on working with the media, action planning, public speaking and rallying others to join the cause.

Grade 8-9 Human Rights Identity Citizenship Sustainability

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Teaching Values--Reaching Kids: Activities To Help Teach Honesty, Respect, Cooperation, Perseverance, Compassion

Produced by Creative Teaching Pres, Price: $19.95

This book includes activities to encourage kids to think about honesty, respect, cooperation, responsibility and courage through numerous goal-setting activities and critical thinking questions. This award-winning book helps prepare kids to become responsible, caring citizens.
Audience: Grades 4-6

Grade 6-7 Human Rights Identity Citizenship Sustainability