It can be tricky for children to understand the concept of democracy. In order to explore the experiences of Australian democracy as outlined in the Australian Curriculum (ACHASSK135) students must first understand what democracy is.
Help students compare scenarios and sort them into democratic and non-democratic categories. Ask students to think of their own democratic and non-democratic scenarios to record.
This is a great way to check understanding and generate discussion on systems of government. What is life like for people who live in non-democratic countries? Explore how they compare to life in Australia as a democratic nation.
Once students have this understanding, they are able to relate to the experiences of Australian democracy for Aboriginal Australians, migrants and women
Australian Curriculum, Australian History, Federation, Government, Year 6, Sir Henry Parkes, Edmund Barton, Democracy