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Lesson Plan: For Teachers: Decisions

Social Studies, Political Studies
1 to 2 lessons
To explore the decision-making process and the qualities of a good decision-maker
Students will explore and evaluate the decisions Phil Fontaine has made as a political leader.

Lesson Plan

Before Exploring

Divide the class into small groups. Explain that each group is a board of directors that will hire a new employee. Ask them to choose a job and then brainstorm the qualities a person would need to do the job well.

Outline the Opportunity

Direct students to the topic Phil Fontaine: Native Diplomat and Dealmaker on the CBC Digital Archives website and have them browse the clips "Orchestrating the death of Meech Lake", "Dismantling Dept. of Indian Affairs in Manitoba" and "Under fire for hiring a gangster", about some of Fontaine's major decisions. When they have finished exploring, have each group make three T-charts, one for each decision Fontaine made. On one side they will list the benefits of the decision and on the other they will list the drawbacks. As a group, have them decide which decision was his best and which was his worst, giving reasons for their conclusions.


Revisit and Reflect

Have students reflect on the qualities of a good decision-maker and why they are important, and write their thoughts in their journals.



Students can keep a journal in which they record five decisions they make each day for a week. They should note the negative or positive outcomes of their decisions. Possible categories can include homework, food choices, clothing choices, and decisions about how to behave with friends, teachers, and parents. At the end of the week, have them reflect on their experience and briefly describe in writing the qualities of a good decision.

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