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.
A 60 minute lesson designed to deepen understanding of celebrations around the world through inquiry-based research.
Ask the students if they have any final questions about planning and writing their journal entries.
Before the students begin writing, remind them that they must plan their journal entries first using the graphic organiser and writing template contained in the task booklet.
Students may wish to present their journal entry on a decorative page border which compliments the cultural celebration they have chosen. These can be found in the Page Borders category on the Teach Starter website. Encourage the students to include creative additions to their written text, such as labelled diagrams, lists and drawings.
Monitor and support the students as they plan and write their journal entries.
Check on how the students are progressing with their journal entries. The speed at which the students will finish the presenting phase of the task will vary. If necessary, provide the students with an additional lesson to present their information.
Once the students have finished writing and presenting their journal entries, collect their work. Alternatively, the students may present their journal entries to the class. Teachers may wish to use this task to assess the students’ understanding of the unit objectives.
Encourage more capable students to present as much relevant, detailed information as they can from a variety of reliable sources.
If students with lower literacy levels are finding the journal entry challenging, encourage them to write simple sentences about their cultural celebration using the information they collected.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
used strategic whole class or individual questioning
observed student participation during learning activities