Lesson Plan: For Teachers: The Man and the Mandate
Have a class discussion about how humans react to challenges. Encourage students to consider how they feel about challenges in their lives and what caused them to make various decisions about how they face difficulties.
Outline the Opportunity
Divide the class into four groups.
Assign each group two of the clips on the topic The Man from High River: Joe Clark on the CBC Digital Archives
website. As they listen and view, students will note the issues and how Joe
Clark provided leadership. Examples might include capital punishment, the
Middle East, inflation, the economy, federal-provincial relations, reforming
Parliament, freedom of information legislation, tax credits, and constitutional
Have each group share its notes with the class. Students will write a letter to invite Clark to speak to the student body at their school. Students will select two to three of the aforementioned issues for Clark to address. Have students explain their choice.
Use the rubric on the download sheet The Man and the Mandate to assess the letter. Consider adding another category as decided upon by the class.
Revisit and Reflect
Have students read their letters aloud to the class. Student can discuss the range of difficult issues encountered by Clark and his government in such a short time period. Students may consider which challenge seemed the most difficult for Clark and why that was so.
Students can do a mock interview with Clark and ask questions about each of the challenging issues faced by Clark's Progressive Conservative government.