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Democracy in action. Chapter 2. “I can play, but may i ?”. Turn to page 28 of your textbooks. Read Justine Blainey’s story and then in groups answer the questions using the “ Timed Paired Share ” Strategy. What are our rights and freedoms?.

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I can play but may i
“I can play, but may i?”

  • Turn to page 28 of your textbooks. Read Justine Blainey’s story and then in groups answer the questions using the “Timed Paired Share” Strategy.

What are our rights and freedoms
What are our rights and freedoms?

  • The Charter is a document that protects the important rights and freedoms of people living in Canada.

Individual rights
Individual rights


For example

Your freedom to state your opinions and speak out on issues is limited by the rights of others. This is why it is against the law to try to ruin a person’s reputation by writing or saying things about the person that you know are not true.

Everyone in Canada has certain rights but only citizens have democratic rights and mobility rights. Democratic rights allow citizens to vote. Mobility rights give citizens the right to travel freely within Canada and to move anywhere in the country to live and work. Citizens can also enter, remain in, or leave Canada whenever they wish.

  • Individual Rights are rights that you are entitled to as a person

Democracy in action


A society becomes more democratic when more people participate!!

Common good
Common good

  • When citizens participate to make things better for many people, they are contributing to the common good.

I’m surrounded by nincompoops…

How did I not know?!?!


Group session
Group session

  • Turn to page 36 and 37.

  • Take a few minutes and read both pages individually.

  • When your done, give your group a thumbs up to signal you have finished reading.

  • When all group members are complete, answer the “Over to You” questions as a group.

Important facts about the charter
Important facts about the charter

  • All Canadian citizens have the right to vote for representatives for federal and provincial government.

  • All Canadian citizens have the right to run for office.

  • Federal and Provincial elections must happen at least every five years (exceptions can be made).

  • Federal and Provincial governments must meet at least once every 12 months.

Participating and voting
Participating and voting

  • Imagine if every time a student had a concern or question, they went to Ms. Simington to address it. What problems may the school run in too?

  • Take 30 seconds to discuss this in your groups and then share with the class.

Participating and voting1
Participating and voting

  • As you know, in Canada, we choose people who form the government and theymake decisions for us.

  • These representatives have a responsibility to listen to the needs of all citizens.

  • We choose our representatives by voting for them.

Representative Democracy

The right to vote
The right to vote

  • Turn to page 39 of your textbook. Read “The Right to Vote”.


Winning the right to vote
Winning the right to vote

  • Turn to page 41 in your textbooks. Read the entire page and consider the following questions. Answer the two questions in your Social Studies Duotang in one paragraph.

  • What groups in the past have not been allowed to vote in Canada?

  • Why do you think people fought to change the law to allow more people to vote?

The magna carta
The magna carta

  • About 800 years ago, King John of England made all the rules for the people of his country, but he didn’t have to follow any of them. As a result, he would tax, arrest and punish people for his own reasons.

  • In 1215, a group of nobles rebelled and forced King John to sign a document called The Magna Carta. (Magna Carta means “Great Charter”)  It was our first charter of rights.

  • The Magna Carta introduced the idea of the “rule of law”. Rule of Law means that everyone, no matter how important she or he is, has to obey the law.

Making the rules
Making the rules

  • Go to page 47. In your Social Studies Duotang, summarize the 4 main ideas that must be followed under the rule of law.

  • Review these in your groups. Then, share as a class the importance of each.