This Humanities and Social Sciences unit addresses the topic of celebrations. It covers personal, family and community celebrations; national days; Australia-specific commemorations and religious/cultural celebrations from around the world.
Display and discuss slides 17-20, which contain brief overviews of ANZAC Day, National Sorry Day, NAIDOC Week and Remembrance Day. Encourage the students to identify some of the ways in which these commemorative days are similar e.g. remembering a significant person or event from the past.
As a class, complete the activity on slide 21. Encourage the students to justify why each event is either a celebration or a commemoration.
Ask the students to open their Celebrations Around the World Worksheet Pack. As a class, read through the information on pages 11-12 and the comprehension questions on pages 13-15. Answer any questions the students may have.
Monitor and support the students as they complete the comprehension questions.
Discuss the answers of the comprehension questions as a class. Ask the students summary questions, such as:
How is a commemoration different to a celebration?
What are some commemorations and celebrations unique to Australia?
What do we do, as a nation, to acknowledge these special occasions?
Encourage fast finishers to research additional information about one of Australia's unique commemorations.
Allow students with lower literacy levels to work on the comprehension questions in a small group, with teacher assistance.