Activity Introduction

AHRC - Rights and axeQuick summary: Students will explore the evolution of democratic ideas and principles stemming from Magna Carta. They will understand how these ideas have shaped key features of Australian democracy, such as the values of freedom, equality, fairness and justice. 

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To mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the Australian Human Rights Commission has partnered with Cool Australia to help students develop their understanding about the evolution of human rights since 1215 and the impact that Magna Carta has had on our human rights and freedoms in Australia today.

 

Learning goals:

  • Students explore the historical concept of Absolute Monarchy through role-play.
  • Students identify the ideas about rights and freedoms that emerged during the Age of Enlightenment.
  • Students undertake research about one of three groups in Australia who historically have struggled to receive recognition of their rights: women, migrants and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
  • Students explore rights and freedoms in Australia today.
  • Students create a Classroom Charter of Rights and Responsibilities.

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 5 Humanities and Social Sciences

  • The key values that underpin Australia’s democracy (ACHASSK115)
  • Present ideas, findings, viewpoints and conclusions in a range of texts and modes that incorporate source materials, digital and non-digital representations and discipline-specific terms and conventions (ACHASSI105)

Year 6 Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Key figures, events and ideas that led to Australia’s Federation and Constitution (ACHASSK134)
  • Experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, migrants, women and children (ACHASSK135)
  • The key institutions of Australia’s democratic system of government and how it is based on the Westminster system (ACHASSK143)
  • Present ideas, findings, viewpoints and conclusions in a range of texts and modes that incorporate source materials, digital and non-digital representations and discipline-specific terms and conventions (ACHASSI133)

General capabilities:  Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding, Personal and social capability

Australian Curriculum cross-curriculum priority: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture OI.9

Syllabus OutcomesHT3-3, HT3-4, HT3-5.

Topic: Human rights.

Time required: 4 x 60 mins, plus 20 mins homework reflection activity.

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – facilitate student activities.

Resources required: 

Additional resources: 

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Homework and extension opportunities: The research task and reflection activities provide opportunities for extension and homework.

Keywords: Magna Carta, human rights, freedom, justice, equality, fairness, democracy, citizenship, constitution, federalism, constitutional monarchy, the Westminster system.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

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Overarching learning goal: The activities in this teaching resource explore the evolution of democratic ideas and principles stemming from Magna Carta, and how these ideas have shaped key features of Australian democracy, such as the values of freedom, equality, fairness and justice.

Teacher content information: Magna Carta has had an enduring legacy that has shaped the human rights and freedoms that all Australians enjoy today. In particular, Magna Carta advanced ideas of freedom, justice and the rule of law, principles which have become enshrined in our democracy.

To mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the Australian Human Rights Commission has created a series of online educational resources which explore the evolution of human rights since 1215 and the impact that Magna Carta has has on our human rights and freedoms in Australia.

VIDEO: Magna Carta - The Story of Our Freedom (https://www.humanrights.gov.au/magnacarta/video/)

Audio described version

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Student Worksheet

AHRC - GuillotineThought starter - What are human rights and why do they matter?

VIDEO: Magna Carta - The Story of Our Freedom (https://www.humanrights.gov.au/magnacarta/video/)

Reflection activity

Reflect upon your learning by completing the sentence stems below.

I learnt…
I discovered…
I was surprised…
I was moved by…
I felt…
I wonder about...
I need to know more about...
I was reminded that…
I’m challenged by…
I am inspired to take action on...
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