Class Charter Lesson Plan

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

This lesson plan will help teachers discuss rights and responsibilities of students and teachers. High school-age students will collaborate to identify their ideal learning environment, and then create a classroom charter to follow throughout the year.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify the rights and responsibilities of students and teachers
  • Discuss an optimal classroom environment
  • Create a classroom charter


60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information so that each new element builds on that which precedes it to create a unified whole; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.


Develop the topic thoroughly by selecting the most significant and relevant facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience's knowledge of the topic.


Use appropriate and varied transitions and syntax to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships among complex ideas and concepts.


  • Chart paper
  • Markers


  • Begin the lesson by asking students to define what rights and responsibilities are in their own words.
  • Then ask students to discuss locations they have visited where they have rights and responsibilities.
  • Allow students to share their responses and probe further to determine how these rights and responsibilities have impacted their life.
  • Now place two pieces of chart paper on the board and lead a lively discussion related to their preferred learning environment:
    • What are some characteristics in a classroom environment that help you learn?
    • What types of classroom behavior or stimuli deter you from learning?
  • Ask for a volunteer to write students' input on the chart paper.
  • Explain to students that this collaborative exercise represents the beginning of a classroom charter.
  • Ask students to define a classroom charter in their own words.
  • Explain that a classroom charter represents a collaboration of standards in which the student and teacher abides while in a classroom. Students may have done something similar in a previous grade, but now we're looking at it from an adult perspective.
  • Ask students to recall charters from their history classes (Magna Carta, Mayflower Compact, US Constitution, etc). Allow them to explain the content of these charters and how they may be similar or different from a classroom charter.

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