Lesson Plan: For Teachers - Kim Campbell: 'Time and Chance'
to students that political leadership involves many complexities and difficult
decisions, decisions that may sometimes seem to please very few people.
Brainstorm what students already know about current local, provincial,
national, and/or international issues that appear challenging for our political
leaders. Students may need prompting about such topics as climate change,
national defence, federal-provincial relations, and so on.
Outline the Opportunity
Students will work in pairs to
browse the topic Kim Campbell: First and
Foremost on the CBC Digital Archives website, including the following clips:
Avril Campbell," "Inside backbencher Kim Campbell's office", "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 Know?
As they review the audio and video clips, they should record what they learn about the following aspects of Kim Campbell's life in politics:
- The first woman to hold the Justice and Defence portfolios
- The first female prime minister
- The advancement of women
- The 1993 defeat of the Progressive Conservative government
- Kim Campbell's views on free trade
- The helicopter dispute
- The reorganization of government departments
For each item they find, they work with their partner to develop an interview question. Together, they develop answers and turn their questions and answers into a script for a simulated interview with the former prime minister.
Assessment Tip: Have students participate in a peer assessment. During this exercise, students can work in pairs to ask and respond to the questions that each wrote. At the end of the activity, students can discuss with you any instances of inaccurate questions or answers to give you an idea of student comprehension of the content of the clips.
Revisit and Reflect
each pair present its interview in its role as the interviewer and as Prime
Minister Kim Campbell. Following the interviews, have a class discussion to
debrief. Ask: Which topics, questions, or responses had an impact on you? Why?
What are your opinions of Campbell and why?
Students can read the book Time and Chance, Campbell's autobiography, and present a book report about it.