Teacher guide People power - unit of work

TLF ID M009644

This is an extended unit of work about how popular movements achieved change in Australia. It comes from the 'Discovering democracy' series of units and includes studies of the Eight Hour Day campaign from the 1850s, the Equal Pay campaign of the 20th century and the Freedom Ride of 1965. The unit contains four focus questions that are explored through sequences of learning containing student activities and assessment tasks. Teacher notes, assessment criteria, student handouts and selected sources are included in the resource.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is a valuable resource for history teaching and learning in year 6 in particular, and to a lesser extent in year 5. The unit's sequences of learning and student activities are directly relevant to content descriptions about the experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Indigenous people and of women, and the contribution of individuals and groups to the development of a colony or Australian society.
  • The sequence of learning and student activities associated with the fourth focus question 'In what ways can popular movements achieve change?' is useful for civics and citizenship in the upper primary years. By this stage of schooling, students should be starting to understand the strategies people use to bring about change. The unit provides many opportunities for students to identify and evaluate strategies used in the past.
  • Many of the teaching and learning activities in this resource are helpful in enhancing students' historical skills, particularly in the area of perspectives and interpretations in years 5 and 6. Here the curriculum calls for students to identify points of view in the past and present.
Year level

5; 6

Other details

  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: Commonwealth of Australia
  • Organization: Commonwealth of Australia
  • Address: ACT, AUSTRALIA
  • Publisher
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organization: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Name: The Department of Education\, Employment and Workplace Relations (DE
  • Organization: The Department of Education\, Employment and Workplace Relations (DE
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: ACT, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.deewr.gov.au
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
Access profile
  • Unknown
Learning Resource Type
  • Online
  • © Commonwealth of Australia 2009. With the exception of the Commonwealth Coat of Arms and the DEEWR logo and copyright material that is owned by third parties, you may use the material in accordance with a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike (CC BY-SA) 3.0 Australia licence http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/au/ provided that appropriate acknowledgement is made, the material is not subjected to derogatory treatment and any derivative work attributes the original material and identifies the changes that have been made to it.