Canadian Law 2204 Lesson Plans
LESSON 1: Matrimonial Property Act
Two 56-minute periods
Specific Curriculum Outcome:
8.2 Legal principles governing the end of marriage.
To understand the significance of the Matrimonial Property Act for empowering women.
Skills and Processes:
In this lesson students will:
- Contribute to group learning activities
- Draw conclusions
- Locate information using the Let’s Teach About Women website
- Explore ideas and issues with others
How did the passing of the Matrimonial Property Act empower women?
Students will view a variety of sources to familiarize themselves with the Matrimonial Property Act. They will also view the Matrimonial Property Act section of the Let’s Teach About Women website to learn about the methods used by women in Newfoundland and Labrador in the 70’s and 80’s to achieve the rights contained in the Act.
Students will use a search engine to locate and read the Matrimonial Property Act that came into effect on July 1, 1980 with amendments in 1986.
Students will view the Let’s Teach About Women website to find examples of methods used by women in Newfoundland and Labrador to achieve the rights contained in the Matrimonial Property Act.
LESSON 2: Matrimonial Property Act (con’t)
Class Discussion: Matrimonial Property Act
- Why was the Act so important for women?
- How were the lives of women and children changed by the Act?
- Why do you think some men felt threatened by the Act?
- Why do you think some men supported the Act?
- Which levels of government were responsible for passing this Act?
- Discuss the significance of the efforts of the women’s movement to have this Act passed in a male-dominated government.
- Does the Act apply to Aboriginal women?
- Are common-law and same-sex relationships covered under this Act? If not, do you think that the Act should be changed to include these groups? Why?
Answer the Historical Question.
Teachers will evaluate students on their ability to:
- Locate and comprehend information
- Contribute to class discussions
The teacher could have the class debate whether we should have a Matrimonial Property Act.