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Joining In

At a glance

Focus question 1: Why do community groups exist?

Content
Activities
(Assessment activities are in bold italics.)

Preparation
  • community groups
    (purpose and
    membership)
     
     
     
     
  • forming student
    groups
  • conduct group
    research
  • complete journal
    entries
     
     
     
  • propose suggestions
    and voting
  • make posters
  • write letters
  • collect pamphlets
    and advertising
    information from
    local community
    groups and from
    newspapers and
    magazines
  • groups: Handouts
    1-8.
  • Joining In poster
  • poster size paper
  • large cardboard circles
    (Activity 3)
  • student workbooks
    (to use as journals)

Teaching and learning activities

Focus question 2: How do groups function?

Content
Activities
(Assessment activities are in bold italics.)

Preparation
  • how groups function
     
  • constitutions
  • meeting procedures
  • identify pluses
    and minuses
  • form committees
  • run meetings
  • contribute to
    decision-making
  • OHTs: Handouts
    9, 10, 11
  • poster paper
  • copy the table in Activity 3 onto poster paper

Teaching and learning activities

Focus question 3: How do groups get things done?

Content
Activities
(Assessment activities are in bold italics.)

Preparation
  • Clean Up Australia
    campaign
     
  • project planning
     
  • committee structures
  • class project
  • view a video
     
     
  • develop action plans
     
  • work on committees
  • use interactive
    CD ROMs
  • undertake a project
  • complete journal entries
  • participate in discussion
  • whole class:
    (optional)
    Handout 12
  • groups: Handout 13
    (enlarged to A3)
  • OHT: Handout 11
  • Discovering Democracy Primary Video
  • Parliament at Work and Stories of Democracy
    CD ROMs

Teaching and learning activities

Focus question 4: How can groups make a difference?

Content
Activities
(Assessment activities
are in bold italics.)

Preparation
  • evaluations
  • undertake evaluations
  • complete journal entries
  • whole class:
    Handout 1

Teaching and learning activities

Focus question 5: How and where in the community can people join in?

Content
Activities
(Assessment activities
are in bold italics.)

Preparation
  • local government
     
  • barriers to participation
  • translate information
     
  • list positives and negatives
  • create brochures
  • whole class:
    Handout 15
  • OHT: Handout 16
  • Joining In poster

Teaching and learning activities

 
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