Some teachers, especially those working on cross-curricular projects, may need to obtain information on local government and review the skills needed for active citizenship when developing this unit of work.
What subject matter could be included in a unit of work? Civics and citizenship resources, including textbooks, may include the following organisers:
Schools have been provided with a number of resources that can be used to develop civics and citizenship knowledge and skills. The Discovering Democracy materials, which were developed by the Department of Science, Education and Training (DEST) and sent to schools by the Curriculum Corporation, are a valuable resource. These materials include units of work, videos, charts, cards, CD-ROMs and Readers (stories and other stimulus material). The units of work are now available electronically.
The themes in the Discovering Democracy materials are:
As this unit of work focuses on working at a local level, you should start by visiting your local government website. Contact details can be found in the Local Government Directory.
Specific local content information can be accessed through the Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM) website. The Fact Sheets and Education programs provided by the DNRM are particularly useful.
Other relevant sites include:
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For a succinct overview of the skills relevant to civics and citizenship education, see the appendices in Linking Discovering Democracy and Studies of Society and Environment in Queensland Schools: Years 4-7. A similar booklet lists information for Years 8-10.