Educational games for teachers’ use in class (Offline)
Notice to teachers:
This teaching activity is meant to take place at the end of the curriculum once students have already been taught about citizenship. All students participating in the ceremony should be Canadian citizens and should understand fully the meaning and implications related to reciting the Oath and taking part in the reaffirmation ceremony.
Grades 7 through 12
Materials required (Offline):
Provided on the website:
- Instructions on how to hold the reaffirmation ceremony in class.
- Reaffirmation certificates
- Reaffirmation Programs
- Lyrics to O Canada
- Canadian flag and any other decorations deemed appropriate by the teacher
- (Optional) Refreshments to serve after the ceremony
Goal of this exercise:
This class activity will allow students that are Canadian citizens to learn about and participate in a reaffirmation ceremony in class. The reaffirmation ceremony is a formal event where-in Canadians repeat the oath of citizenship to express their commitment to Canada.
- Choose who will be involved in leading the ceremony.
The teacher will find a way to fairly choose the following 2 participants; a master of ceremonies, and someone to lead the group in the oath of citizenship and in singing our national anthem, “O Canada.” Suggested method would be a random draw of some sort.
- Find a guest speaker for the ceremony
Consider a guest speaker who will speak from the heart about citizenship and its rights, responsibilities and benefits. This could be a school principal, a member of the Canadian forces, a group leader, or someone from the community. If there is a recipient of the Order of Canada or a citizenship judge in your community, consider inviting him or her.
- Decide if students will speak
After the oath has been repeated during the reaffirmation ceremony you have the option of having some of the students make short speeches in front of the class. Possible themes for these speeches are:
- Why I am proud to be Canadian
- My experiences in Canada
- Why the Canadian oath is important
- What are my duties as a Canadian citizen
- Figure out how many students will participate
Teachers should print out reaffirmation certificates, reaffirmation ceremony programs and/or lyrics to ‘O Canada’ for each participant. These items play a key role in the reaffirmation ceremony, and make it more official. Printable versions can be found at the following links:
- Reaffirmation certificates (PDF, 2.84 MB)
- Sample reaffirmation ceremony program (DOC, 512.5KB)
- Lyrics to ‘O Canada’ (PDF, 1.25MB)
- Discover Canada Guide: The Rights and Responsibilities of Canadian Citizenship
Alternately we can send you reaffirmation certificates and ‘O Canada’ bookmarks with lyrics on them. If this option is selected teachers should be sure to place their order in advance to allow time for the materials to arrive. Once the number of participants has been determined, contact us.
- Plan the set-up of the room
The teacher may choose to do the decoration of the class or they can delegate the task to the master of ceremonies. The teacher or selected student may choose to decorate the class as they see fit while keeping with a Canadian theme. The only prerequisites which must be respected are the following:
- Make sure the person leading the oath of citizenship is in clear view of all the participants.
- Position a large Canadian flag where everyone can see it.
The reaffirmation ceremony broken down into steps:
- Words of welcome from the master of ceremonies and introduction of the guest speaker
- Guest speaker will start the ceremony with their opening remarks and a short speech
- The oath leader will now lead the class in reciting the oath of citizenship
- Optional prepared speeches to be read by students in the front of the class
- Singing of the national anthem lead by the oath leader
- Closing of the ceremony done by the master of ceremonies
- Optional reception (refreshments to be served in class)
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