Click on the link above to view the BtN story ‘Parliament House’. Once you’ve watched the story you need to answer the comprehension questions in your Language book.
- Don’t forget to proof read and edit your writing.
1. Where in Australia is Parliament House?
2. The House of Representatives is also known as the ________ house.
3. Apart from federal members who else can sit in the House of Representatives?
4. Describe the purpose of Question Time.
5. What does it mean when the speaker says ‘order’?
6. How many senators are there in the Senate?
7. What happens in the Prime Minister’s sitting room?
8. How much does the flag on top of Parliament House weigh?
9. Describe what the Parliament House building is designed to look like.
10. Can you name two past Australian Prime Ministers?
The role of the Australian Prime Minister is always in the news. So to gain an understanding of the role of the Prime Minister you are going to do some research. (Remember to use the appropriate research skills to navigate on google!)
1. How many Prime Ministers have we had in Australia?
2. Who was the Australia’s first Prime Minister and what was their starting and finishing dates in the role?
3. Who was Australia’s longest serving Prime Minister and how long were they in the role?
4. Who was Australia’s shortest serving Prime Minister and how long were the in the role?
5. How many different political parties have our Prime Ministers been leader of? What were the parties?
6. Name each of the Prime Ministers from your lifetime.
7. CHALLENGE TASK: Choose one Prime Minister and find out this information about them.
- Date of Birth
- Location of Birth
- Where are they from?
- What other jobs (outside of politics) did they do?
- What other jobs in politics have they held?
- How long were the PM?
- What are they doing now? If they have died explain when.
Click on the link above to view the BtN story ‘Martin Luther King’. Once you have viewed the story you need to answer the comprehension questions into your language books. I want you to focus on taking your time and completing your neatest writing!
1. In Australia it is illegal to discriminate against someone because of their race. True or false?
2. What was Martin Luther King’s famous speech called?
3. What year did Martin Luther King make his “I Have a Dream” speech?
4. Martin Luther King was an American civil rights activist, what does this mean?
5. Give some examples of segregation that occurred in America in the 1950s.
6. In which American state was Martin Luther King born?
7. Martin Luther King led peaceful protests in the 1950s. What is a peaceful protest?
8. Name the Australian civil rights leader that was inspired by Martin Luther King.
9. When did segregation laws end in the United States?
10. What prestigious award did Martin Luther King win for his role in the Civil Rights Movement?
You have new neighbours living next door and they are completely new to the area. They have asked you for assistance and it is your job to come up with all the essential information they need for your area. Your new neighbours the Bryce family are a family of 6, Mum Sally (who is pregnant with a baby due soon) and Dad Larry, 13 year old Frank, 8 year old Mya, 4 year old Gus and Grandma Zinia.
Your local council is responsible for many of the services that the Bryce family will need. These services may include rubbish collection, kindergartens, senior-citizen services etc. Using the website of your local council, collect all the information you can for the Bryce family.
Using the most recent copy of the Leader Newspaper you need to look for an article that relates to our local government. You need to read this article and then respond to the following questions.
1. Write a short summary (2-3) paragraphs about the article.
2. Explain what the issue is for the local community.
3. Which level of government is responsible for this?
3. What is the government doing to resolve the issue?
4. Do you agree/disagree with how the issue is being dealt with? Why/Why not?
5. If you were a member of the government responsible, how would you resolve the problem?
Click on the link above to view the BtN story ‘Parliament Anniversary’. Once you’ve viewed the story you need to answer the following discussion questions in your language book. All questions need to be answered in FULL sentences.
- Complete this sentence. Before Federation, Australia was divided into 6 different British __________.
- What year did Australia become the Commonwealth of Australia?
- Who is the Head of State in Australia?
- Who was Australia’s first prime minister?
- In which city was Australia’s first Parliament House opened?
- Where is Australia’s current Parliament House?
- What year was Australia’s current Parliament House opened?
- Describe what Parliament House looks like.
- What did you learn watching the BTN story?
Click on the link above to view the BtN story ‘Levels of Government’. Once you have watched the film you need to answer the following comprehension questions in your language book. Remember to proof read and edit your work to check for correct spelling, punctuation and grammar!
1. What are the three levels of government in Australia?
2. What is the federal government responsible for? Give three
3. State government is responsible for…
4. What does local government look after?
5. Before federation the states governed themselves. True or false?
6. When and why were local governments introduced?
7. What happens when local, state and federal governments
8. Why do you think we need three levels of government in Australia?
Before you view this BtN story you need to write what you already understand about democracy. Following that you will need to watch the BtN story ‘What is Democracy?’ and complete the following comprehension questions.
1. Before you watch the BtN story, record what you know about democracy.
2. What happened in ancient Greece that led to people wanting a say in decision making?
3. The word `democracy’ comes from which two words?
4. Monarchies became popular in the Middle Ages. Explain what a monarchy is.
5. Why was Magna Carta an important document?
6. In Australia we have something called a ________________ democracy.
7. Who represents us in parliament?
8. What are the values that form the basis of democracy in Australia?
9. Give an example of another form of government.
10. What do you understand more clearly about democracy?
Do you have what it takes to be a leader? If so, go ahead and nominate yourself for the role of either a Junior School Council Representative or Environmental Council Representative for your class. You can nominate yourself for both positions, however, you will only be able to take on one of these positions.
Last year’s representatives are unable to nominate for that position again, but can for the alternative position.
Each student is to make a brief election speech in front of their class.
They need to talk about why they want to be JSC or JEC representative for the class.
The following is a job description of each role:
Roles of the JSC
- Being a leader in the school community by representing the interests of your fellow students.
- Attend weekly meetings.
- Involvement in planning and running whole school events (eg: Footy Day).
- Instigate, lead and support school based initiatives (eg: fundraising events).
- Write articles for the school newsletter about current JSC events and initiatives.
- Assist in writing and giving speeches at school assembly on current JSC events and initiatives.
Roles of the JEC
- Being a leader in the school regarding environmental issues at our school and the wider community.
- Attend fortnightly meetings and report back to their own grade and their buddy grade regarding the discussions at these meetings.
- Involvement in the annual Arbor Day activities.
- Empty recycle boxes around the school.
- Support school based initiatives to improve the environment.
- Instigate and lead their own initiatives in regards to the environment.
- At times you may be required to write assembly and newsletter items for the JEC.