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We Remember

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Focus question 1: Which symbols do Australians use to show who they are and what they value?

Content
Activities
(Assessment activities are in bold italics.)

Preparation
  • defining 'symbol'
     
  • local symbols
     
  • national symbols
  • list and categorise
    ideas
  • create a personal
    values shield
  • conduct a survey and graph findings
  • OHT: Handout 1
     
  • poster paper

Teaching and learning activities

Focus question 2: Which symbols represent our democratic nation?

Content
Activities
(Assessment activities are in bold italics.)

Preparation
  • flags and emblems
  • parliamentary
    symbols
  • anthems and pledges
  • conduct group
    research and
    present findings
  • analyse anthems
  • complete CD ROM interactive
  • develop criteria
  • create a collage to represent the modern-day Australian nation using symbols of state
  • OHTs: Handouts
    1, 2, 3, 4
  • pairs: Handout 5
  • Cards 1, 2
  • Parliament@Work website, Parliament at Work CD ROM and One Destiny! CD ROM
  • prepare OHT of words of 'Waltzing Matilda' and 'Song of Australia' from Stories of Democracy CD ROM
  • poster paper, art materials

Teaching and learning activities

Focus question 3: How do we commemorate significant events and lives in Australia?

Content
Activities
(Assessment activities are in bold italics.)

Preparation
  • meaning of
    commemoration
  • special days
     
  • commemorating
    significant lives
  • list and categorise
    ideas
  • conduct individual
    research
  • complete data
    retrieval charts
  • share information
    (jigsaw groups)
  • create biographies (written or spoken)
  • whole class:
    Handout 12
  • groups: Handouts
    6, 7, 8
  • pairs: Handout 10
     
  • OHTs: Handouts
    9, 11
  • Discovering Democracy Primary Video, 'We Remember' segment, Part 1
  • One Destiny! (1997) and Stories of Democracy (biographies of prime ministers) CD ROMs
  • 'We Remember' biographies on Discovering Democracy website
  • pairs: one-month-to-a-page calendar marked with national days and public holidays
  • poster paper, art materials

Teaching and learning activities

Focus question 4: How and why have the symbols and events changed over the years?

Content
Activities
(Assessment activities are in bold italics.)

Preparation
  • changes to the
    Australian flag and
    the Commonwealth
    Coat of Arms
  • special days of the
    past
  • why symbols change
  • compare designs
  • conduct a survey
     
     
  • conduct group
    research
  • collate data
  • complete individual retrieval charts
  • groups: Handouts
    13, 14
  • pairs: Handout 15
     
  • We Remember
    cards 1b, 2b
  • Discovering Democracy Primary Video, 'We Remember' segment, Part 2
  • One Destiny! CD ROM

Teaching and learning activities

Focus question 5: Which symbols and events are relevant to the Australian nation today?

Content
Activities
(Assessment activities are in bold italics.)

Preparation
  • symbols of the
    nation
  • popular symbols
     
     
     
     
  • creating a new symbol
  • create values
    shields
  • conduct a survey
    and graph findings
     
     
     
  • complete CD ROM interactive
  • design a new symbol
  • whole class: OHT
    of Handout 16
  • Stories of
    Democracy
    CD
    ROM ('We
    Remember'
    interactive)

Teaching and learning activities

 
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