HistoryYears 5 - 6Australia as a NationBecoming a NationBecoming a Nation

The Origins of Parliament

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Key Concepts, Skills and Understandings

Students examine the origins of democracy and parliament, including the structure of the Westminster and Washington parliamentary systems. In this lesson, they will further investigate a what if scenario; what if there were no laws? They then move on to examine and discuss the role of government in society. They will analyse and sequence information presented in a video introducing the Magna Carta and learn about its significance in modern times. Reading and examining the eBook Westminster and Washington, students will gain an understanding of their respective parliamentary systems and conduct critical and visual thinking activities; a quiz with a twist and creating an infographic. An optional video to be used in this lesson is The Houses of Parliament Video which gives a brief history of the Westminster parliament. Students will further critically analyse the Magna Carta and the importance of laws and government in our society. In this lesson, students will also develop their analysis and comprehension skills by creating a rap battle between the Westminster and Washington systems of government.
Historical concepts addressed in this lesson are sources, significance and cause and effect.

Focus Question

What are the origins of Australia’s system of law and government?

Australian National Curriculum

ACHASSI124, ACHASSI133, ACHASSI128, ACHASSI125, ACHASSI123, ACHASSK134, ACHASSI122

NSW Syllabus

HT3-5, HT3-3

Victorian Curriculum

VCHHC084, VCHHC087, VCHHK093

Subject

History

Years

5 - 6

Topic

Australia as a Nation

Unit

Becoming a Nation

Lesson Name

The Origins of Parliament

Lesson Time

90 mins

Author

Inquisitive Team

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