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In Brief: Canadian Constitution

OJEN In Brief resources are designed to provide high school students with an introduction to basic legal concepts. Each resource includes a short lesson plan for the teacher; a 1-4 page plain language description of the legal topic; and activities that provide students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge of the topic.

In the context of government, a constitution can be understood as the most basic and important legal expression of a nations values, rules and principles. It is not simply a “law”, but rather a set of rules for making laws, managing relationships between individuals and the state, and defining the various roles of different levels of government. Suitable for Grade 10 Civics classes, this handout provides classroom discussion questions and activities to support the development of students’ understanding of constitutional law in the Canadian context. Teachers of Grade 11 law should consider following this handout with the OJEN resource, ‘The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms’.

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