Democratic societies thrive on effective debate and discussion. These classroom-ready resources are designed to help students explore their political views and develop civic discourse skills.

Activities

Through the lessons and tools, students will:

  • learn about the importance of engaging with people of different backgrounds and beliefs;
  • analyze how beliefs and values underlie political positions;
  • assess their position on the political spectrum and how it compares to others;
  • develop argumentative writing skills;
  • learn about effective debating skills and techniques;
  • engage in discussion about current national issues
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Online Tools

Vote Compass: Canada Youth Edition is an interactive tool to help students familiarize themselves with Canadian political issues and ideological positions, and find out where they fit on the political spectrum. Register your class(es) to access additional analytics. (Select ‘I am a teacher’).

youth.votecompass.com/canada

Explore the link between information and decision-making with this experiential learning activity. Two social-media feeds present two very different pictures of an election campaign. After reviewing their assigned feed, students vote for a candidate, then discuss how the information they saw affected their choice and reflect on the importance of considering different viewpoints.

newsliteracy.ca/activities/feed-for-thought-election

Case Studies

Videos

The Political Spectrum
What is a columnist?
Constructing arguments and writing commentary
Logical Fallacies