Canadian Law 2204 Lesson Plans

LESSON 1:  Matrimonial Property Act

Time Frame:
Two 56-minute periods

Specific Curriculum Outcome:
8.2  Legal principles governing the end of marriage.

Lesson Objective:
To understand the significance of the Matrimonial Property Act for empowering women.

Skills and Processes:
In this lesson students will:

Historical Question:
How did the passing of the Matrimonial Property Act empower women?

Overview:
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.

Activity 1

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.

Activity 2

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)

Activity 3

Class Discussion:  Matrimonial Property Act
Suggested Questions:

Activity 4

Answer the Historical Question.

Assessment Ideas:
Teachers will evaluate students on their ability to:

Extension:
The teacher could have the class debate whether we should have a Matrimonial Property Act.