Curriculum Guides


Ted's Story: Honouring Melissa
This is a documentary that tells the story of Ted Gross’s drunk-driving conviction that took Melissa Hoeving’s young life and the aftermath. The documentary presents a balanced view of a tragedy that made headlines across Saskatchewan, taking viewers beyond a sad story to offer hope, redemption, and forgiveness. Not only does the film chronicle the lives of Ted and his family, but also the family and friends of Melissa, who share their grief and their feelings about Ted.

48 min – VHS/DVD
Cooper Rock Pictures Inc.

12 Angry Men (1957)
This is a 1957 American drama film. The film tells the story of a jury member who tries to persuade the other eleven members to acquit the suspect on trial on the basis of reasonable doubt. The entire movie takes place in the jury room and is a great movie when covering jury duty in a law class.

96 min – VHS/DVD
Orion-Nova Productions

Online Resources
The Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan (PLEA) was incorporated in 1980 as a non-profit, non-government organization which exists to educate, inform and empower through law-related education.
CELS works primarily with teachers and prospective teachers, school administrators, and educational and legal organizations to help fulfill its mandate. Projects range in scope from research into social responsibility and the ethics of care and justice, to publications that assess the educational benefits of mock trials, to consultation with a school for "at-risk", court-referred youth, to conferences on topical legal issues, to the formation of a website that helps educators address the legal content in the school curriculum. Projects vary from year to year, depending on identified needs, the Centre's priorities, and funding opportunities.
The Legal Resource Centre's mission is to enhance the accessibility and quality of justice realized in Canada. It addresses its mission by creating learning opportunities and building learning communities that facilitate the creation, management, exchange, and integration of knowledge among people within the justice system and between them and the general public. These FAQs cover the law at the time these questions were prepared. Every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of these FAQs. However, laws change and every situation is different, so do not take action using this information without consulting a lawyer.


The Jury Box is a fabulous game which has recently been reprinted. Unlike modern murder mystery party games, which are elaborate affairs that sometimes require extravagant character portrayals, The Jury Box is a more informal, easy to play game. The players are members of a jury who get to examine evidence against an accused person. They each then try to unravel the case and decide if the defendant is guilty or innocent. Each series of The Jury Box comes complete with six different court cases that you get to solve. The cases have an outline with state's evidence against the defendant, along with two pictures of the crime scene and ballots for the jurors to cast their verdicts. You even get the actual solutions to these realistic cases.

Proquest is a great tool to search for articles. Articles are a fantastic tool to be used in a law classroom for examining concepts that you are covering in class. Proquest allows you to search their database of Canadian newspapers for articles related to any keyword you enter.

Lesson Plans
Lesson for Law Day (May 1st) - Due Process - This is a lesson made up for "Law Day" which occurs on May 1st of each year. It is based on the concept of "Due process".
Introduction to Law (.doc file) This lesson is an introduction to Law that invites students to think about laws in their daily lives, and to recognize the need for law in our daily life.