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Men and Women in Political Life

At a glance

Focus question 1: What is 'political activity'?

Content
Activities
(Assessment tasks are in bold italics.)

Preparation
  • Glossary
  • Collation of newspaper articles; classification of articles; classification of people in newspapers; defining terms
  • Have a range of newspapers, poster paper and glue available to students
  • Analysing political situations
  • Using a prepared format for analysis
 
  • Monuments and memorials to politically active Australians
  • Research into the way politically active Australians are remembered
  • Have Stories of Democracy and Parliament at Work CD ROMs and other sources available
  • Provide access to the Internet

Teaching and learning activities

Focus question 2: What can we learn from people who have worked in parliament?

Content
Activities
(Assessment tasks are in bold italics.)

Preparation
  • The lives of Chifley and Menzies
  • Note-taking (using a prepared format) and comparison
 
  • A day in the life of a contemporary Australian prime minister
  • Qualities and attributes required for the position of Prime Minister
  • Selecting appropriate adjectives and phrases from a given list
  • Analysis of life experiences and qualities for the job
  • Writing a job description
 
  • The lives of Goldstein and Cowan
  • Milestones in the achievement of women's political rights in Australia
  • Analysis of objectives and strategies (using a prepared format); discussion comparing outcomes with objectives
 
  • Comparison of the current leaders of the Liberal Party of Australia and the Australian Labor Party with Chifley and Menzies
  • Research activity
  • Have Parliament at Work CD ROM available
  • Provide access to the Internet
  • Representation of women in current Australian parliaments
  • Research into the numbers of women parliamentarians; discussion of the equity of the current situation
  • Have Parliament@Work website and other sources available
 
  • Assessment task: Television-style interview simulation
  • Stories of Democracy CD ROM interactive could be undertaken at this point

Teaching and learning activities

Focus question 3: What can we learn from people who have worked outside parliament?

Content
Activities
(Assessment tasks are in bold italics.)

Preparation
  • The life of Spence
  • Simulation of political meetings; discussion
 
  • A day in the life of a contemporary union organiser
  • Qualities and attributes required for the position of union organiser
  • Selecting appropriate adjectives and phrases from a given list
  • Analysis of life experiences and qualities for job
  • Writing a job description
 
  • The life of Street
  • Analysis and development of argument; letter-writing
 
  • The lives of Gibbs and Nicholls
  • Construction of timeline; writing of reflective dialogue
  • Assessment task: Television-style interview simulation
  • Stories of Democracy CD ROM interactive could be undertaken at this point
  • Provide a video camera if available
 
  • Unit assessment task 1: Production of crossword puzzle based on students' personal glossaries
  • Unit assessment task 2: Note-taking from video; letter of advice about the requirements of involvement in political activity
  • Provide access to Discovering Democracy Secondary Video

Teaching and learning activities

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