This educational resource kit is for teachers and educators from across Canada. It contains a lesson plan and four class activities, which can be completed in whole or in part depending on the needs of the course. Each activity comes with an activity sheet for the students. The lesson plan and the activity sheets can be downloaded for free, below.
This lesson introduces activities designed to develop students’ research, oral presentation and questioning skills. Its objective is to teach them that the governor general’s role is an integral part of Canada’s system of government. Appreciating the scope of this role will help them to understand better how our parliamentary democracy works.
The lesson activities are designed for students in grades 7 to 11 (Secondary 1 to 5), but they can be adapted for students in grades 5 or 6.
Links with curricula across Canada
This lesson is designed to enrich the teaching of Canada’s system of government and to support curricula in the social sciences, civics, geography, history, Canadian studies and political science.
Documents to download
Lesson Plan: The Role of the Governor General Today (PDF)
Activity Sheet 1: Defining Canada’s System of Government (PDF)
Activity Sheet 2: Who Does What? (PDF)
Activity Sheet 3: “Today, the Governor General . . . ” (PDF)
Activity Sheet 4: Governors General Past and Present (PDF)