What is The Civic Mirror?

Imagine a 12th Grade class so exciting that every student showed up on senior skip day because they didn�t want to miss the action. Imagine a civics class where students laughed about how addicting it was? Imagine a history class where students spent their lunch hour negotiating out-of-court settlements, legislative wordings, and business deals? These are true stories.
These are Civic Mirror stories. Unlike most social studies programs that ask students to learn aboutthings, The Civic Mirror allows students to experiment with the course content. It provides students with a voice and enlivens the curriculum by turning them into citizens of their own country, with their own families, government, court, economy, and environment.

The Civic Mirror also makes it easy for teachers to be dynamic and effective. Because the website and companion manuals provide teachers everything they need, it literally save hours upon hours of hair-pulling time trying to innovate, and it virtually guarantees student participation in the classroom.


What Courses Can It Be Used With?The Civic Mirror can be used to cover virtually all of the Civics 10 learning outcomes as well as entire units of study from several other courses like 12U Politics and 12U Economics (see here for details).

April, 2012
3-Week Unit Plan
We have created a new 3 week unit plan for teachers who are tight on time. Recall there is also a 5-week unit plan that covers roughly 70% of the Civics 10 outcomes, as well as a variety of course packs and implementation ideas for other courses. To view any of these resources, please peruse the "Curric" space on the General Content Website.
We have also streamlined our Getting Started Page, making it super clear how to get the program up and running in your classroom.

new.gifCivic Mirror Resources - the following were generously provided by Dan Ballantyne from the Waterloo Region District School Board.
This document contains a detailed Course Outline for the Grade 10 Civics course for use with the Civic Mirror.
This document was intended to be the itinerary used for Dan Ballantyne's full-day CM workshop in Grand Erie in April, 2012. It is included here because some parts of this document will be useful for you and your classes. Pages 1-4 are the Itinerary; pages 5-9 include a general OVERVIEW for you and your students; pages 10-11 include some cards used to handout to students with "Civic Mirror in 6 Rules" and some Hidden Agenda assignments.
This document includes Reading Checks, Student Reflections, Activity Worksheets, and Evaluation Rubrics for use with Civic Mirror.
This document will assist in creating the video reflection using the netbooks. In the interest of preparing students for the OSSLT you can run this task as a 5 paragraph essay as well.

Civic Mirror Overview

How Does Civic Mirror Fit Into Classrooms

Teaching & Learning w/ Civic Mirror