Clothing as Expression Interactive Case Study

About the Lesson

This Clothing as Expression learning activity is the first in what we hope will be a series of interactive online case studies about rights and freedoms in Canada. It consists of two parts:

  • The video case study concludes with a simulated social media discussion in which participants debate the question: should we be allowed to say anything we want through our clothing choices? Students can click to “like” a comment and reveal additional arguments for consideration.
  • The accompanying Teacher’s Guide provides prompts and questions to facilitate a debrief of the online activity and expand on the issues raised with additional case studies.

Note for Teachers: The “Freedom of Expression Through Clothing” learning activity is designed to help high school students think critically about freedom of expression, especially as it relates to expressing oneself through clothing choices.

The activity asks students to consider when (if ever) it is reasonable and/or justified to restrict a person’s freedom of expression as enshrined in section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The Teacher’s Guide supports the interactive online case study, and provides two in-class facilitated case studies, with questions you can ask, and background information where it might be needed during the lesson.

CCLET gratefully acknowledges the design expertise and exceptional patience of the GEVC team who worked with us to create these case study materials!

This project was supported by a grant from CIRA’s Community Investment Program.

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