Lesson Plan: For Teachers: The Rise and Fall of Kim Campbell
the class discuss what they already know about Kim Campbell, who she is, her
past roles, and her connections to Canadian politics. Students can work
together in groups of three to four to list successes and challenges faced by
the former prime minister throughout her political career. Generate a class
list of the information.
Outline the Opportunity
Direct students to the topic Kim Campbell: First and Foremost on the
CBC Digital Archives website. Still in their groups, students browse the following clips:
Avril Campbell", "Inside the office of backbencher Kim Campbell", "Kim Campbell: 'Why are you afraid to hear
me?'", "For Kim Campbell, an 'unspeakably lonely' life", "Kim Campbell the candidate", "Prime Minister
Kim Campbell", "No new jobs, Kim Campbell promises", "Kim Campbell asks: 'What the hell are election
campaigns for?'", "Kim Campbell's campaign asks: 'Is this a prime minister?'", "A historic Tory defeat in 1993", "A new
starring role in L.A. for Kim Campbell" and "Kim Campbell's life after politics," including the Did You
As students work, they should record information about Campbell's family background and upbringing, her education, constituencies, ministries, political accomplishments, and other relevant information. They can organize their information on the download sheet The Rise and Fall of Kim Campbell.
Assessment Tip: Assess students' research skills by reviewing the supporting evidence they have entered in their graphic organizer. Each category should be supported with details from the various clips.
Revisit and Reflect
Have students report their findings to the class. Many similarities will likely exist. Students should comment on information they found particularly interesting about Campbell, her rise to power, and subsequent fall. Encourage students to explain their ideas.
Students can "re-write" history by creating a newspaper article with an alternate ending to the federal election of 1993. Students can be creative and change the actual cause and effect of the events.