AHRC - GuillotineThe Australian Human Rights Commission’s (AHRC) creation of “Magna Carta- The Story of Our Freedom” resources have become even ‘cooler’ thanks to a new partnership with Cool Australia. 

The “Magna Carta - The Story of Our Freedom” educational resources, written by the AHRC have been adapted to the Cool Australia website. The resources provide young Australians with the opportunity to understand and appreciate the evolution of human rights over the centuries, and the reasons why past generations fought so hard to advance and defend them.

The resources are mapped to the Australian Curriculum for History and Civics and Citizenship for Years 5 & 6, and for Years 9 & 10 and cover a range of general capabilities and cross-curricular priorities. The resources include links to an interactive infographic, a short animated video and include both teacher and student worksheets.

At the heart of these free to access lessons is the understanding that students can make a difference and have a lasting and substantial impact on the world and the future they want to create.

Access the resources below:

Magna Carta Lesson 5 & 6 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.
Magna Carta Year 9 & 10 Learning goals:
  • Students understand the historical importance of the Magna Carta
  • Students learn about Australia’s role in the negotiation of the UN Charter and the drafting of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights
  • Students discuss the meaning and importance of human rights principles such as the rule of law, the right to justice and democratic representation
  • Students undertake research on three groups in Australia who historically have struggled to receive recognition of their human rights and freedoms: women, migrants and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
  • Students explore ways that young people can be active and engaged citizens who stand up for human rights issues.