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Municipalities Matter

Introduction

Our community is familiar. Our local actions are tangible. And our municipal politicians are often very accessible. Thus, municipal governance seems the natural starting point to engage students in the electoral and law-making process.

With this in mind, PLEA has updated our learning resource on local governance, Municipalities Matter: Social Studies 8, to help bolster young people’s civic engagement.

Specifically written for Saskatchewan’s Social Studies8 Curriculum,
Municipalities Matter: Social Studies 8 begins with a community examination in Lesson One, then builds towards students constructing their own plan for personal involvement in the local political system.

Each lesson plan is constructed using objectives, procedures, and suggested curriculum links. Alongside this are handouts, activity sheets, and project outlines. When appropriate, background information summaries, answer keys, and evaluation rubrics are included.

Of course, just as the issues facing each teacher and their classroom are unique, so are the issues facing each Saskatchewan community. PLEA recognizes that teachers are the professionals best-placed to construct a Social Studies 8 program tailored to teacher strengths, student. needs, and community issues. Thus, Municipalities Matter: Social Studies 8 is written in an open-ended manner, so that teachers can use their professional discretion to intensively and meaningfully engage students in their own community. By using this resource alongside each teacher’s existing and new-found resources, Municipalities Matter: Social Studies 8 can act as a frame to achieve many of the Outcomes prescribed in Social Studies 8.

Because teachers are the professionals closest to the actual learning taking place in Saskatchewan’s classrooms, PLEA always welcomes your feedback and suggestions. Drop us a line at plea@plea.org. Any insights will help us improve our future resources and programs.

Municipalities Matter

The full resource in pdf.