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The People Rule: Notes for Teachers - Civics and Citizenship ...

The People Rule: Notes for Teachers - Civics and Citizenship ...

The People Rule: Notes for Teachers - Civics and Citizenship

The people rule @ your.gov.auNotes for teachersOverviewThis unit is designed to teach students in the middle secondary years about the nature ofrepresentative government in Australia. Students explore a number of topics, primarilythrough the use of Parliament @ Work and other online resources. The unit consists ofstudent handouts, which contain focus questions, background information and activities. Theactivities are designed to be completed in groups and to take around 24 x 50-minute lessons tocomplete. All handouts have been provided in HTML and Word format, the latter allowingteachers to modify activities if they wish.The unit is structured as follows; suggested times for each activity are provided in brackets.Introductory activitiesStudent handout 1: Representation and democratic values (50 minutes)Student handout 2: Representation at three levels (100 minutes)Topic 1: Federal representationStudent handout 1: Federal Parliament at a glance (50 minutes)Student handout 2: Your Federal electorate (50 minutes)Student handout 3: The Australian Electoral Commission and redistributions (50 minutes)Student handout 4: Political parties and representation in the House of Representatives (100minutes)Student handout 5: Political parties and representation in the Senate (50 minutes)Topic 2: Representation in States and TerritoriesStudent handout: State and Territory parliaments (200 minutes)Topic 3: Local representationStudent handout: Local government (150 minutes)Topic 4: Our representatives – how representative are they?Student handout: Profiling our representatives (200 minutes)Extension activitiesStudent handout (200 minutes)Discovering Democracy website: http://www.curriculum.edu.au/democracy/„ Commonwealth of Australia1

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