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13 March to 17 March 2000

QUESTION 2

HOW DO I KNOW WHICH PARTS OF THE DISCOVERING DEMOCRACY KIT MATCH THE CURRICULUM OUTCOMES IN MY STATE?

DISCOVERING DEMOCRACY UNIT

QUEENSLAND AND VICTORIAN SOSE OUTCOMES

LINKS TO CURRENT TOPICS/PROGRAMS AND ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Law and Rights

Rules And Laws – Middle Primary

  1. Why do we need rules and laws?

Guess my rules

Rules of our lives

Consequences

  1. What is a rule and what is a law?

What is a rule?

What is a law?

Road laws

Why we need road laws

Pick the rule, pick the law

3. Why should laws apply equally and be public?

Instant replay

Only a few knew!

The law before and after

The Twelve Tables

What makes laws fair?

4. What are Aboriginal laws?

More than one story

For the good of all

5. How are laws made in Australia?

Mix-freexe-pair quiz

Making laws in Australia

Class legislation

  1. What makes a good law?

Testing the law

Future forum

The unit begins with students playing a game and having to guess the rules. Games are used to investigate equity, fairness and participation, consequences. Road ‘laws’ are then used to differentiate between rules and laws. The development of the Roman Twelve Tables, 451-450 BC, is the context used to explain early written laws, and for students to investigate the effects of these laws on different groups in society. A parallel is then drawn with contemporary Australian laws. The Mabo decision illustrates how modern courts had to decide an issue based on the oldest and still practised laws known in the world.

Students should enjoy the Road Law activities where handouts 1, 2 and 3 can be linked to the game on the CD ROM.

Level 3

TCC3.3

Students use knowledge of people’s contributions in Australia’s past t cooperatively develop visions of preferred futures.

TCC3.5

Students describe various perspectives based on the experiences of past and present Australians of diverse cultural backgrounds.

PS3.5

Students describe the values underlying personal and other’s actions regarding familiar places.

CI3.5

Students explain changing attitudes, at different times, towards gender race, ethnicity or socio-economic identities.

CI3.4

Students communicate an awareness of change within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

SRP3.3

Students apply the principles of democratic decision-making in cooperative projects.

SRP3.4

Students simply describe the basic principles of democracy and citizenship from ancient to modern times.

SRP3.5

Students explain the values associated with familiar rules and laws.

Level 2

TCC2.4

Students describe cause and effect relationships about events in familiar settings.

CI2.4

Students identify how their roles, rights and responsibilities change in different groups.

CI2.5

Students identify how symbols, rituals and places reflect identities of different groups including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups.

SRP2.4

Students analyse information about their own and others’ rights and responsibilities in various settings.

Links

Year 4 Sourcebook

Unit 3 Decision making

  • Activity C Group Preparation
  • Activity 1 People and Rules
  • The School Community
  • Activity 3 Class Committee
  • Activity 4 Local Community Rules
  • Activity 5 Places where Community Rules Apply
  • Activity 6 Walkabout

Year 5 Sourcebook

Unit 4 Heritage of the Past

  • Activity 1 Miners Lead the Way
  • Activity 2 Early goldfields

Year 5 Social Studies Units 1 and 2

Unit 1

  • Activity 5 Settlement or Invasion
  • Activity 8 Effects on Indigenous Cultures

Unit 2

  • Activity 7 Effects of the expansion of the frontier on Indigenous people.

Resources

  • 15 handouts for copying
  • Stories of Democracy CD ROM

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