Teaching and Learning Resources

COVID-19 notice: CCLA’s learning tools are free to everyone and can be used in remote learning environments. We are adding more online resources and we are available to do virtual workshops in English or French. Click here to book a workshop.

High School

Social Media Smarts: Fact vs Fiction

How much should we rely on social media when it comes to information that is crucial to our health and safety? This short animation and infographic provide practical tips to help you avoid misinformation on social media and find accurate information online.

Social Media Smarts Video
Social Media Smarts Infographic
Social Media Smarts Student Worksheet

Learning Units

CCLA’s Learning Units provide teachers with a package of multi-media resources focused on a specific civil liberties topic. Learning units support a wide range of courses and curricula across Canada and their individual components can be used in a classroom setting or shared with students online for asynchronous learning.

The Right to Protest

Civil Liberties in Pre-Charter Canada

Interactive Case Study

Students learn about freedom of expression and reflect on its limits by examining an interactive online case study in which an article of clothing is used to share a political message.

Clothing as Expression Interactive Case Study

Clothing as Expression Teachers Guide

Your Rights 101

Downloadable resources to introduce students to their Charter rights and critical thinking.

Privacy Rights
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Religion
The Acorn (Oakes) Test
How to Disagree
LGBTQ Rights Guide for students and teachers

Peer Privacy Protectors Project

A group of teens from across Southern Ontario and even remotely from BC, worked for a year to learn more about online privacy and how to protect it. Available in both French and English, this privacy guidebook, written by teens, for teens, is the result of what they learned and covers topics including privacy basics, surveillance, economics of information, privacy and security in mobile technologies, and protecting your online reputation.

Peer Privacy Protectors Project Privacy Guide 

Understanding privacy

What does privacy mean to you? How can you stay safe online? This video will provide you with 5 tips that will help you have some control over your privacy and protecting your personal information. This video was made by Stephanie Davies-Lee, a graduate of Harbord high school and a LAWS summer job program participant in the summer of 2020.

Watch the video here

Chernos Contest

CCLA’s annual student contest makes for an excellent culminating activity. Students provide an essay or video response to a question about rights and freedoms for a chance to win cash prizes.

Chernos Contest

Advocacy Toolkit

This comprehensive Advocacy Toolkit helps student activists develop skills needed for effective advocacy.

Advocacy Toolkit



That’s Not Fair!

That’s Not Fair! is a series of animated videos, lesson plans and video games designed to encourage learners aged 6-11 to think about what it means to be fair in democracy.

That’s Not Fair!

A beautifully illustrated hardcover book based on the series and accompanying teachers guide can also be found here.

Recommended Children’s Book List

CCLET’s list of recommended children’s books gives parents and teachers a fun way to inject questions of fairness into story time.

Recommended Children’s Book List

Acorn test

This Prezi walks young learners through a simplified way of thinking critically about rights, rules and responsibilities.

Acorn Test Prezi

Barnyard Protest: Cows & Chickens & Fundamental Freedoms

An introductory lesson plan on rights, freedoms and civic engagement based on the popular children’s book Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin.

Barnyard Protest: Cows & Chickens & Fundamental Freedoms

Online Resources from External Organizations

Facing History and Ourselves

Ontario Justice Education Network

Steps to Justice