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Activity Overview

There are many people and groups of people who play a critical part in our governments. It is important for students to understand who these people are, what their roles are, and why they are important. For this activity, students will choose 3 people or groups of people, and create a newspaper page illustrating and describing who’s who in Canadian government.

Important People in the Canadian Government

Monarch: A sovereign head of state, i.e. a king or a queen. The current Monarch of Canada is Queen Elizabeth II.

Head of State: A chief public representative of a country.

Head of Government: The chief officer of the executive branch of government.

The Senate: The upper house of the Parliament of Canada. The Senate consists of 105 members appointed by the governor general on the advice of the prime minister.

The House of Commons: The House of Commons is a democratically elected body whose members are known as members of Parliament (MPs). There have been 338 MPs since the most recent electoral district redistribution for the 2015 federal election, which saw the addition of 30 seats.

Members of Parliament: Members of the House of Commons.

Prime Minister: The prime minister of Canada is the primary minister of the Crown. The prime minister acts as the head of government for Canada, chairs and selects the membership of the Cabinet, and advises the Crown on the exercise of executive power.

Governor General: The representative of the Canadian monarch.

Sovereign: The Canadian monarchy.

Lieutenant Governors: The highest ranking officer of their provinces.

Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Create a newspaper page describing three members or groups of the Canadian government and their roles.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click “Start assignment”.
  2. Complete the newspaper title and date.
  3. Add a heading.
  4. In each description box, write about a person or group of people and what their roles are.
  5. In each picture box, create an illustration for each description using accurate characters, items, and scenes.
  6. Save and exit when you're done.

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