Citizenship Challenge Civics Education Guide

PREPARING YOUR STUDENTS FOR THE ACTIVITY EIGHT: CITIZENSHIP CHAMPIONS The Citizenship Challenge is a mock citizenship quiz based on the real citizenship test taken by newcomers on the path to citizenship. The Challenge tests students’ knowledge of Canada, determines if they would pass the real citizenship test, and challenges them to meet the standards expected of newcomers in Canada. 1. As a class, select four or five key topics from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s study guide for newcomers (IRCC study guide). Topics can be identified by reading the table of contents in the guide. The guide is available on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website . 2. Divide into home groups. Group sizes should be the same as the number of themes you select as a class: if you select four themes, divide into groups of four. Each home group member will be assigned a different theme. 3. Split from your home groups and find the other students assigned the same theme as you. Form a new group with these students. This is your subject expert group. 4. Using the IRCC study guide, work with your new subject expert group to learn about your theme. Together, determine the three to five key takeaways from your assigned theme. 5. Return to your home group. Each member of the group will share what they have learned about their assigned theme with home group members. Alternative Activity: Divide the class into small groups. Each group will be assigned a theme from the IRCC study guide. Working with your group, write down key takeaways from your theme, and share your findings in a presentation to the rest of the class. After you’ve become familiar with the IRCC study guide content, test what you’ve learned by taking the Citizenship Challenge! Modification: Choose one key topic from the IRCC study guide for students. Provide page numbers from the guide where the relevant information can be found. Alternately, print out the relevant pages with highlighted text. Pair students with stronger readers. When it is time to break off into expert groups, have ELL/ESL students move with a strong reading partner. Consider printing paper copies of the Citizenship Challenge. You may also consider reading the test to the student orally and offering explanations when necessary to help with comprehension. Extension activity: After studying the IRCC study guide, and taking the Citizenship Challenge, discuss your reactions in small groups, or as a class. Is there any information covered in the guide that you find surprising? Should newcomers be expected to know what the guide covers? What is potentially missing that could be included, or what could be removed? Teacher Tip: Register your classroom for the Citizenship Challeng e. Select the appropriate grade level, and have students take the 20-question Challenge online. Alternatively, you can print hard copies of this year’s Challenge quiz and distribute them to your students from your teacher acc ount. Visit to register your clas s. A family celebrates after taking the Canadian Citizenship Ceremony in 2014 (Dreamstime/Yelena Rodriguez/44064127). The RCMP perform a musical ride by the Parliament buildings on Canada Day 2010 (Dreamstime/ Wangkun Jia/14984035). Lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove, NS (Dreamstime. com/Joshua Fahning/96647589). Celebrating Canada Day (Dreamstime/ Leszek Wrona/42198857). Canadian flag on Parliament Hill in Ottawa ( Adwo/91479669).