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GNGS0201 – Gangs: Defining Gangs

(Intended For: Secondary Grade Level) This activity directs the student to an understanding of what a gang is by comparing the legal definition of a gang to other definitions. Students synthesize their understanding by coming up with their own definition. This activity is suitable for individuals or small groups, with an opportunity for large group discussion and sharing.

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GNGS0202 – Gangs: Novel Study – Character Profile

(Intended For: Teachers, Secondary Grade Level)
This activity is designed to be used with the novel of your choice (Outsiders, Durango Street, etc.). Students identify the risk factors and protective factors associated with gang involvement while analyzing a character from a book they are reading. (A character from any work of fiction can be used, or even a character from a film.) A page of links for identifying local community resources is also included. This is a useful activity for tying in Health/C.A.L.M. Healthy Choices issues, knowledge of community resources or Language Arts.

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NEWC0101 – Newcomers: Class Activities

(Intended For: Teachers, Secondary Grade Level) This document contains suggestions for a number of class activities based around the topic of newcomers. The objective is for students to learn more about newcomers, including culture and world view, and for newcomer students to become more integrated with their fellow students while upholding the value of their culture of origin. A research activity about what the law says about immigration and youth is also included. The document is mainly intended as a teacher’s guide, but can be distributed to students as a reference for their activities.

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NEWC0102 – Newcomers: Questions and Answers

(Intended For: Secondary Grade Level) This document contains a series of questions and answers aimed at newcomer students. Topics include: culture conflict, parents and stress, parent control and discipline, police and the law, loneliness, succeeding in school, climate and weather, and fears. Students who are not newcomers may find the information useful in helping them understand the lives of their fellow students who are newcomers.

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RSTJ0101 – Restorative Justice: Introduction

(Intended For: Teachers, Secondary Grade Level) This document is a brief introduction to the topic of restorative justice. It offers a basic definition, outlines its nature, and gives some examples of its application, including in the youth criminal justice system. The document also lists a number of sources for further information and study, advisory contacts and online resources. While the introduction has been written for teachers, it may be useful for students as well.

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BLYG0204 – Bullying: Rules and Bylaws

(Activity – Intended For: Secondary Grade Level) This activity explores the purpose and effect of rules which govern behaviour within the school and in the community. A connection is made between classroom rules, school rules and responding to bullying. The activity culminates with students constructing and evaluating an anti-bullying rule for their classroom or school. Includes student worksheets and reference pages that provide information on bylaws and other approaches Alberta communities have used to address bullying.

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RSTJ0201 – Restorative Justice: Classroom Activities

(Intended For: Secondary Grade Level) This document contains a series of worksheets for use by students. The activities include a series of question and answer activities, a classroom activity focused on a case study, and similar group-based activities involving role-play based on case studies. NOTE: This document includes an answer key for the activities, and additional information on the classroom case study activity.

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