Topic:
Political Action
Duration:
2 lessons
Syllabus Outcomes:
5.2 analyses the rights and responsibilities of individuals in a range of consumer, financial, business, legal and employment contexts
5.5 evaluates options for solving commercial and legal problems and issues
5.7 researches and assesses commercial and legal information using a variety of sources
5.8 explains commercial and legal information using a variety of forms
Students learn about:
- issues that concern the community
- how to take action on political issues
individual action
political parties
lobby groups
media
Students Learn to:
– identify key issues at different levels of government that affect the lives of individuals, young people and groups
– research and report on methods of political action taken by individuals and groups
Indicators of learning – By the end of this lesson students will be able to...
- Identify a number of issues (both federal and local) that are of current concern
- Explain actions which they are able to undertake to become politically active
- Create a presentation which plans to address a local issue using ICT
Assessment
- Students participation during class discussion
- Students competed work
- Students participation during group work
- Final group work product
Lesson Plan
10 mins – Introduction
15 mins – Text review and activities
15 mins – Activism activity
50 mins – Group work activity
Text Page
Pg 222 - 223
Glossary of Terms:
Define the following in your glossary of terms in the back of your workbook:
- Lobby
Introduction:
Part of being a good citizen involves being aware about the ‘issues’ that both directly and indirectly affect you on an international, state and local level. While you are not of legal age for responsibilities such as voting, it is still important for you to know that you have a political voice and how to use this voice most effectively.
As a class discuss why some people become politically active.external image Political-Activism.gif
Text Review:
Read pages 222 and 223 of the text and complete ‘Activities’ questions 1, 3, 4 and 7 in your workbook. Note: as part of question 4 use the internet to research and list the name of lobby groups in your area.
Activism:
Explain the meaning of the term ‘activist’ and construct a biography of a well known activist. Your biography may be presented using a word processing tool.
Group Work:
Imagine that you are a member of the youth council for your local area. You have been given a budget of $25,000 to put towards areas that assist young people. Before you are given the money to spend the council wants to see a presentation of the how and where you are going to spend the money.
In a group or two or three students examine the council/shire that you live in and choose a number of issues relating to young people that you could address with this money on a local level. Undertake research and create a presentation that shows where, how and why the $25,000 is going to be spent. Ensure your presentation is visually appealing and informative.