Quick summary: In this Finding Out lesson, students will dive deeper into the democratic freedoms enjoyed in Australia. They will choose a specific democratic freedom and work in groups to conduct online research into the meaning of it. Students will display their findings for their classmates to read. Then, using a stacked Venn diagram, students will apply their understanding of democratic freedoms to imagine what they look like in action at different levels of society, starting with themselves. Students will then choose a minority group and in a circle-of-viewpoints activity, imagine the experience of democratic freedoms from a different perspective. Students will reflect on their learning through a ‘Connect-Extend-Challenge’ visible thinking routine.
- What democratic freedoms are we entitled to?
- Why are democratic freedoms important?
21st Century skills:
Critical thinking, Communicating, Creative Thinking, Global Citizenship.
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 8 Civics and Citizenship:
- The freedoms that enable active participation in Australia’s democracy within the bounds of law, including freedom of speech, association, assembly, religion and movement (ACHCK061)
- Different perspectives about Australia’s national identity, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives, and what it means to be Australian (ACHCK066)
General capabilities: Literacy
Relevant parts of year 8 achievement standards: Students analyse features of Australian democracy, and explain features of Australia’s democracy that enable active participation. They analyse issues about national identity in Australia and the factors that contribute to people’s sense of belonging. When researching, students develop a range of questions to investigate Australia’s political and legal systems and critically analyse information gathered from different sources for relevance. They explain different points of view on civics and citizenship issues. Students develop and present reasoned arguments on civics and citizenship issues using appropriate texts, subject-specific language and concepts. They identify ways they can be active and informed citizens in different contexts.
Topic: Human Rights
Unit of work: Story of Our Rights and Freedoms – Year 8
Time required: 120 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – direct students through research tasks and coordinate student movement and participation for each activity.
Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Freedoms Research Topic Posters, Universal Declaration of Human Rights articles, ‘What do Democratic Freedoms look like?’ – stacked Venn diagram (print one copy per student), Poster making materials and Blu-Tack/tape (optional). Web-enabled devices (optional).
Keywords: views, communicating, research, reflection, creating.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.