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The Law Rules

At a glance

Focus question 1: How do you get a fair trial?

Content
Activities
(Assessment activities are in bold italics.)

Preparation
  • the need for laws
     
  • evidence and facts
     
  • courts, judges
    and juries
  • getting a fair
    hearing
  • principles of a fair trial
  • creating imaginary
    dialogues
  • listing and grouping
    ideas
  • interpreting visuals
     
  • creating a poster
     
  • commencing a retrieval chart
  • pairs or groups:
    Handouts 1, 2, 3, 4
  • whole class:
    Handout 5
  • OHT: Handout 6
     
  • poster paper and
    markers
  • prepare four copies of the retrieval chart for use throughout the unit

Teaching and learning activities

Focus question 2: Who makes the law?

Content
Activities
(Assessment activities are in bold italics.)

Preparation
  • British law comes
    to Australia
  • one-man rule in a
    penal colony
    (Australia 1778-
    1820)
  • law making in a parliamentary democracy
  • completing a
    retrieval chart
  • interpreting visuals
    and diagrams
  • role-play
  • groups or pairs:
    Handout 7
  • pairs: Handout 8
  • 'The Law Rules'
    chart

Teaching and learning activities

Focus question 3: Should the courts be independent?

Content
Activities
(Assessment activities are in bold italics.)

Preparation
  • Macquarie versus
    Bent
  • independence of
    judges and juries
    today
  • interpreting visuals
    and diagrams
  • caption writing
     
     
  • participating in a role-play (mock court)
  • writing a letter
  • using evidence
  • imaginative recreation
  • whole class:
    Handouts 5, 10, 11
  • groups: Handouts
    5, 9, 12, 13, 14
     
  • OHT: Handout 15
  • 'The Law Rules' chart
  • Stories of Democracy CD ROM

Teaching and learning activities

Focus question 4: Should people be equal before the law?

Content
Activities
(Assessment activities are in bold italics.)

Preparation
  • Myall Creek
    massacre 1838
  • modern legislation
  • retrieval chart
     
  • creating group
    responses
  • creating a
    newspaper article
  • responding to
    scenarios
  • groups: Handout 16
     
  • half class: Handouts 17, 18
  • 'The Law Rules'
    chart
  • Stories of
    Democracy

    CD ROM
  • Discovering
    Democracy
    website

Teaching and learning activities

Focus question 5: How does the law rule in Australia today?

Content
Activities
(Assessment activities are in bold italics.)

Preparation
  • principles of law
  • retrieval chart
  • conducting a class debate
  • preparing a poster
  • groups: Handout 19
  • 'The Law Rules' chart
  • Stories of Democracy CD ROM
  • chart (Activity 2): copy on to board or an OHT
  • poster paper and markers

Teaching and learning activities

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