Use these three engaging, hands-on activities to help your Year 6 students explore and understand the experiences of democracy by Australian migrants.
Take a look at the dictation test, the deportation of Pacific Islander workers and the internment of migrants during wartime. Provide students a first-hand experience of the dictation test given to migrants on arrival in Australia. Encourage them to reflect on this, to develop empathy and understanding of this experience for migrants. Additionally, there is a foldable activity with pull out tabs comparing the experiences of European and non-European migrants. Finally, ask students to read and reflect on the treatment of Pacific Islander workers and wartime detainees. Help them to discuss how this relates to their understanding of democracy.
This resource complements the following Australian Curriculum content descriptors and their elaborations.
ACHASSK135 – Experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, migrants, women and children
ACHASSI127 – Examine different viewpoints on actions, events, issues and phenomena in the past and present
Australian Curriculum, Australian History, Federation, Government, Year 6, Generating Inquiry, Inquiry Learning, Democracy