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Rowan McCloskey – Year 7 Humanities

Lesson Plan
Topic: Civics and citizenship: The Electoral Process/The value and
importance of the Australian constitution
Year Level: 7
Aims: For students to explain features of Australia’s system of
government, and the purpose of the Constitution in Australia’s
representative democracy.
Outcomes: To understand:
- the electoral process in the Australian political system
- the role of political parties
To start discussing:
- the ideas that underpin the Australian Constitution
- the advantages of having a written constitution
Preparation:
Resources:
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Australian Constitution
VCE Legal textbook

Procedure:
- Introduce the topic
- Begin with a brain-storm to establish any prior knowledge: asking
students what they know about politics. If I don’t get much feedback
will ask some leading questions e.g. who’s the Prime Minister,
where’s the capital city of Australia, what’s a democracy, what’s the
constitution etc.
- Give a brief background to the history of the constitution: what it is,
when it was written, why we have one.
- Link the discussion to political parties and ask students to name
some and ask which sections of the community they think they
represent.
- Ask students if there may be sections of society that feel they are
not represented. List these on the board.
- Bring the class up to speed with the Donkey Voter assignment.
Inform that they will need to complete Step 1 today:
Step 1: Forming political parties
- First you need to form a group (party) of up to 4 people. Think of a
name for your party that reflects your party’s focus and issues.
- Decide on a cause for your “election platform” and the policies
you will have to achieve your aims. This can be almost anything you
like. For example:
o environment (making the school “cleaner and greener”),

o more exciting sports or better sports facilities o canteen food o social activities o ????? .Get all students to take notes in each group.Rowan McCloskey – Year 7 Humanities o social welfare issues (anti-bullying. quick debrief re. . we will have a quick debrief regarding how everyone is forming their parties’ values. Make sure kids are writing in their notebook. Their parties’ values and a short reflection on what we learned in the class.Bring the class together and write all the parties name’s on the board along with their leader. . During the discussion at the end of class I will evaluate the responses and give verbal feedback. and they can then begin to write their speech and design their logo. . .If it is toward the end of the class. If they have moved through step 1 quick.Your group needs to elect a party leader (who will give the campaign speech) and any other office bearers you want. pro-inclusive). Assessment: - While students are devising their political parties I will walk around and check how they are working.