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Civics and Citizenship

Year 9

Above satisfactory

Political cartoons

Summary of task

This task had two parts. First, students designed a political cartoon associated with the Franklin River dispute which incorporated the iconic ‘no dams’ symbol. Second, students critically analysed their cartoons and presented a rationale explaining why the images, symbols and words they chose would have been effective. This task was completed at the end of a six-week unit in which students examined the role of visual media in shaping public opinion.

Achievement standard

By the end of Year 9, students evaluate features of Australia’s political system, and identify and analyse the influences on people’s political choices. They explain the key principles of Australia’s system of justice and analyse the role of Australia’s court system. They analyse a range of factors that influence identities and attitudes to diversity. They reflect on how groups participate and contribute to civic life.

When researching, students analyse a range of questions to investigate Australia’s political and legal systems and critically analyse information gathered from different sources for relevance and reliability. They compare and account for different interpretations and points of view on civics and citizenship issues. When planning for action, students take into account multiple perspectives, use democratic processes, and negotiate solutions to an issue. Students develop and present evidence-based arguments on civics and citizenship issues using appropriate texts, subject-specific language and concepts. They analyse ways they can be active and informed citizens in different contexts.

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