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The People Make a Nation

At a glance

Focus question 1: Was Australia always organised in states and territories?

Content
Activities
(Assessment activities are in bold italics.)

Preparation
  • Australia today
     
  • Australia 1788-1890
  • create a concept
    map
  • analyse a source
  • construct a timeline
  • atlases or wall
    maps
  • OHT: Handout 1
  • single copy (cut up): Handout 2
  • timeline: construct a timeline on poster paper (or sheets of A3 paper) that extends from 1788 to 1901. Each ten-year interval should be at least 10 cm apart. Allow space either side of the timeline for students to add brief information statements
  • Stories of Democracy CD ROM

Teaching and learning activities

Focus question 2: What were the arguments for and against Federation?

Content
Activities
(Assessment activities are in bold italics.)

Preparation
  • arguments for
    and against
     
  • view a video
     
     
  • analyse and sort issues
  • research task using CD ROM
  • analyse a newspaper report
  • create a letter to the editor
  • Discovering
    Democracy Primary
    Video
  • OHT: Handout 1
  • pairs: Handout 3
  • Stories of Democracy, One Destiny! CD ROMs

Teaching and learning activities

Focus question 3: How did the people make the nation?

Content
Activities
(Assessment activities are in bold italics.)

Preparation
  • Henry Parkes'
    Tenterfield Oration
  • events leading up to Federation
  • constitutional conventions
  • issues: power of the Houses, site of federal capital, petitions
  • 1898-1900 referendums
  • celebrations
  • analyse source
    material
  • conduct a role-play
  • prepare ballot materials
  • conduct a ballot
  • complete independent or group research
  • complete a CD ROM interactive
  • create a news report (spoken or written)
  • OHT: Handouts 8,
    9, 14, 15
  • single copy (on card): Handouts 5, 10-12
  • groups: Handout 6
  • whole class: Handouts 4, 7, 13
  • Stories of Democracy and One Destiny! CD ROMs

Teaching and learning activities

Focus question 4: How does the Australian federal system of government work?

Content
Activities
(Assessment activities are in bold italics.)

Preparation
  • levels of
    government
  • structure of federal
    system
  • people in
    parliament
  • exploring possible futures
  • analyse sources
     
  • create a diagram
     
  • complete a CD
    ROM interactive
  • create futures wheels
  • objects relating to the three levels of government, eg money (federal), school photo (state/territory), library card (local) and place in a handbag or briefcase
  • sheets of poster paper
  • groups: Handouts 17, 18
  • whole class: Handout 16
  • Parliament at Work CD ROM and website
  • Levels of Government and The Commonwealth Government posters

Teaching and learning activities

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