Inquiry, perspectives and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms an activity for grade six social studies students.

AuthorSweeney, Lorine

The Story of Emily and Eric's Inquiry

Hi! My name is Emily and I am in grade six. Our class is currently involved in an inquiry journey where we are discovering how the Charter of Rights and Freedoms has influenced the lives of ordinary Canadians. My class partner Eric and I would like to share our activities with you so that you can understand how much fun it is to learn through inquiry. You might even be able to learn from us how to do your own inquiry!

Six Stages of the Inquiry Process

  1. Planning

  2. Retrieving

  3. Processing

  4. Creating

  5. Sharing

  6. Evaluating

Reject at every stage

Getting Started

One Monday morning our teacher, Mrs. Dawson, asked, "Did you know that in many places throughout the world people do not enjoy the same rights and freedoms that we do in Canada?" She then explained to us that we were going to be embarking on a journey of discovery, and on the journey we were to keep this big important question in mind:

What do you think is an important way that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms has protected the individual rights and freedoms of Canadians?

She told us that this was a general question, and that we each would be focusing the question to suit our interests as we went through the journey.

She also told us that there were six stages to the inquiry process and learning was like a puzzle or a quest. Eric and I are now in stage four--the creating stage--and here is a brief story of our journey so far.

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Journey Step One: Planning

This stage included understanding the topic, planning our investigation, deciding what we would create and who we would share with, and being sure we understood the evaluation. We also are tracking our feelings as we learn how to inquire.

The topic is to investigate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and present an important way that the Charter has affected Canadians. We listed some places we could look to find out about the Charter and decided to look in text books, encyclopedias, reference books, and to search the Internet. Eric's dad knows a lawyer, so we decided to talk to her as well.

Eric and I decided that it would be fun to find out about some specific cases where the Charter affected people's lives, create a play, and perform the play to the class. We might even perform the play at our Parents' Night and upload it to our school website for all to see. We both were very excited in this stage of our inquiry and ready to go!

We took our plan to Mrs. Dawson...

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