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Focus question 1: Why do we need rules and laws?

ESL activities

Teacher instructions

Handout 1

Conduct all activities.
Handout 1.

Activity 1 | Activity 2 | Activity 3

Activity 1: Guess my rules

Vocabulary: rules.

  • Conduct this activity as described.

Activity 2: Rules of our lives

Vocabulary: rights, responsibilities, equality, fairness, discrimination, participation, democracy.

  • Conduct parts 2a, 2c, 2d, 2e, and 2g as described.
  • For 2b place ESL learners in pairs with a student who has better spoken English.
  • For 2f combine previous pairs to form the groups. If catering for a large number of ESL learners provide the responsibilities already written on the adhesive labels.

Activity 3: Consequences

Vocabulary: consequences.

  • Conduct this activity as described.
  • Select a situation with which the ESL learner is familiar.

Note: Students may be able to draw on knowledge about other countries where school rules and consequences of behaviour may differ markedly from those of an Australian classroom.

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