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Part One

Social Studies 10, Topic B: Citizenship in Canada

Alberta Curriculum Connections

Theme III: Rights and Responsibilities

Generalization/Key Understanding
Students will be expected to understand that:

  • there are basic human rights that need to be protected
Concepts: Students will be expected to develop an understanding of the following concepts:
  • human rights
  • discrimination
  • prejudice

Related Facts and Content
Students will be expected to use the related facts and content to develop the
generalizations, key understandings, and concepts:

Develop an understanding of human rights and the need to protect them by briefly examining the following:
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Organizations dedicated to the protection of Human Rights

Examples of situations where Human Rights were not respected:
Canada-War time internment of Japanese
International-South Africa’s Apartheid

Skill Objectives

  • Process Skills - The student will be expected to develop the ability to:
    • identify and use relevant information from print and non-print sources
    • distinguish between fact and opinion
  • Communication Skills - The student will be expected to develop the ability to:
    • defend a position in a short, written assignment
  • Participation Skills - The student will be expected to develop the ability to:
    • interact effectively with others in a variety of group settings
    • choose appropriate strategies for bringing about change in society
  • Inquiry Strategies - The student will be expected to develop the ability to:
    • develop further the creative and critical thinking skills necessary for responsible citizenship
    • use appropriate inquiry models to answer questions, solve problems and resolve issues

Attitude Objectives - Students will be expected to develop:

  • An appreciation of the rights and responsibilities inherent in the democratic way of life.
  • An appreciation of and respect for the rights of others.

Main Activity

Assignment / Question: Use the information contained in the speech by the Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu and the other focus materials to compose well researched paper that answers the following question: What are the differences and similarities between the internment of Japanese Canadians in Canada during WWII and the policies of Apartheid in South Africa regarding human rights?

Note: Audio of the speech can be found in the media section of the Student Zone.

Model for Answering Questions

  • Define a question or problem
  • Develop questions or hypotheses to guide research
  • Gather, organize and interpret information
  • Develop a conclusion or solution

Possible Guide Questions
What are Human Rights or what rights are considered basic to all humans?
What is Discrimination? Prejudice? Racism?
How are human rights protected at a national and international level?
What organizations/individuals are involved in the protection of human rights at the
world level?
Who is Desmond Tutu?
Why were the Japanese interned? What abuses of Human Rights took place?
Was the Canadian government justified?
What is “Apartheid”? What abuses of Human Rights took place?
Was the South African government justified?


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