Quick summary: In this Finding Out lesson, students explore the concept of justice using the ‘Chalk-Talk’ visible thinking routine. They will consider the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), and dive deep into Article 14 of the Convention to better understand rights associated with the legal system. They will create and display an educational presentation about people’s legal rights. Students will extend their understanding about the right to appeal by reading and interpreting a set of case studies featuring appeals that have reached the High Court of Australia. Students will then reflect on their understanding of the content covered in the lesson using the ‘I used to think…now I think’ visible thinking routine.
- What is equality before the law?
- What recourse is available to people who believe that their rights and freedoms have not been upheld by the judicial system?
- What is an appeal?
21st Century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 9 Civics and Citizenship:
- The key features of Australia’s court system and how courts apply and interpret the law, resolve disputes and make law through judgements (ACHCK077)
- The key principles of Australia’s justice system, including equality before the law, independent judiciary, and right of appeal (ACHCK078)
- Account for different interpretations and points of view (ACHCS085)
- Recognise and consider multiple perspectives and ambiguities, and use strategies to negotiate and resolve contentious issues (ACHCS086)
General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking and Ethical Understanding
Relevant parts of year 9 achievement standards: Students explain the key principles of Australia’s system of justice and analyse the role of Australia’s court system. When researching, students analyse a range of questions to investigate Australia’s political and legal systems and critically analyse information gathered from different sources for relevance and reliability. They compare and account for different interpretations and points of view on civics and citizenship issues.
Topic: Human Rights
Unit of work: Story of Our Rights and Freedoms – Year 9.
Time required: 180 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion.
Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student. Device capable of audio/visual presentation to present a website to the class. Web-enabled devices for students to share. Chalk-Talk Prompts (printed, one set per group). Australian Court System factsheet, Article 14 of the ICCPR (both printed, one per student). “Chamberlain v. The Queen (1983) 153 CLR 521” section of the Right to Appeal Case Study (specific section printed, one per student). A3 paper (two sheets per group).
Keywords: rights, freedoms, court, justice, appeal.
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