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Parliament versus Monarch

At a glance

Focus question 1: What does it mean to have absolute power?

Content
Activities
(Assessment activities are in bold italics.)

Preparation
  • introducing absolute
    monarchy
  • King John and
    Magna Carta
  • listen to narratives
     
  • use sources
     
  • collate information
  • complete oral or written reports
  • whole class:
    Handout 5
  • groups: Handouts
    3, 4
  • OHTs: Handouts 1, 2
  • student folders to store information sheets throughout the unit
  • one envelope of 'clues' for each group (see Activity 3)

Teaching and learning activities

Focus question 2: What is a parliament?

Content
Activities
(Assessment activities are in bold italics.)

Preparation
  • introducing parliament
  • Westminster system
  • translate diagrams
  • OHTs: Handouts 2, 6
  • whole class: Handout 7

Teaching and learning activities

Focus question 3: What is the difference between 'divine right' and 'citizen's right'?

Content
Activities
(Assessment activities are in bold italics.)

Preparation
  • Stuart Parliament
     
  • divine right
     
  • King Charles I
  • listen for
     information
  • develop student
    glossaries
  • complete a simulation
  • use source material
  • construct a timeline
  • prepare oral or written reports
  • one copy (cut up):
    Handout 8
  • whole class:
    Handouts 9, 13
  • groups: Handouts 10-12
  • Stories of Democracy CD ROM
  • clue envelopes containing Handouts 10-12 (cut up)
  • container, money (food or tokens)

Teaching and learning activities

Focus question 4: How has the power moved from the monarch to the people?

Content
Activities
(Assessment activities are in bold italics.)

Preparation
  • William and Mary
    of Orange
  • constitutional
    monarchy
  • Declaration of
    Rights
  • translate diagrams
     
  • complete a diagram
     
  • OHTs: Handouts
    14, 15
  • whole class:
    Handouts 5, 7, 16
  • Parliament versus Monarch poster

Teaching and learning activities

Focus question 5: How does Australian parliamentary democracy reflect its British inheritance?

Content
Activities
(Assessment activities are in bold italics.)

Preparation
  • Australia's system
    of government
     
  • comparing systems
  • develop student
    glossaries
     
  • summarise ideas
  • compare systems
     
     
  • complete oral and written reports
  • whole class:
    Handouts 7, 17,
    18, 19
  • Stories of
    Democracy
    and
    Parliament at Work
    CD ROMs
  • The Commonwealth Government poster

Teaching and learning activities

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