Rights and Freedoms Role-Play

Your Law 12 teacher is away this week. The TOC covering the class happens to be a drama teacher. She has an idea about how to engage students in this week’s lesson using drama activities.The material you will cover this week is Rights and Freedoms in Canada. Your Law 12 teacher left a handout for the class which he had printed from the Government of Canada website. You can open the handout by clicking on the link below.Your Rights and Freedoms in CanadaThe teacher on call has decided that to best understand the ideas here, your class will role-play various scenarios involving these rights and freedoms in Canada. She has also decided that your class will write the scenarios yourselves.Step 1 – Choosing the topicsOne you have gone through the handout, choose five topics which you believe to be important and which can be explored through role play. Next, write a rationale of four or five sentences in which you explain why you chose those topics. Title this section “Rationale.”


Rationale – The five topics I believe are important to explore are… because…

Step 2 – The ScenariosWrite three (3) scenarios which are clear enough that all students in your class will be able to easily understand them. Each scenario will consist of one or two people who are either violating a Canadian right or freedom or discussing doing so. We will assume that they are doing so unknowingly. They are then approached by one or two others who helpfully intervene without casting any judgement.Label this section “Three Scenarios” and be sure to number them one through three.Example:

Scenario 1 – Respecting Canada’s laws – Three players neededA high school student gets a summer job labouring on a construction site. He hears a carpenter mention that someone is needed to get more materials at the building supply store.  The young labourer offers to take the company truck to do so. When the foreman asks to see his driver’s license he admits that he doesn’t have one. However,  he explains that when he visits his uncle in Alberta, he drives various types of vehicles around the farm and is quite a good driver.  The foreman and the carpenter have a discussion with the labourer regarding why he can’t drive the truck even though he feels that he has the ability to do so.

Step 3 – Notes to SelfAfter you have written the scenarios, write yourself three or four notes in which you anticipate where your classmates will need direction/clarity and where misunderstandings might arise. Title this “Notes to Self.”

Step 4 – Final Reflection and Questions

After finishing your assignment, briefly write a response to each of these prompts:

  • Which sections/info stood out the most to you? Consider details that are of interest to you or apply to future job prospects
  • Write at least two (2) questions you still have about what has been covered. Consider things that still don’t make sense, things you want to know more about, or scenarios that you’re curious to connect to the materials