Teacher Plan for Year 8 Unit 'Justice'

WeekLessonTeacher and student activities
Week 1English 45Students begin reading Parvana. Teacher reads first two chapters. Students construct a title page.
 English 90Teacher reads Chapters 3 and 4 of Parvana. Students complete a map of Afghanistan.
 English 90Teacher reads Chapter 5. Students construct a family collage showing the alive and deceased members of Parvana's family.
 TASKS
  • Construction of a Parvana title page.
  • Completion of map of Afghanistan showing key places described in the novel.
  • Family collage.
   
 SOSE 45Introduction to key concepts: rules, laws and customs. Students take notes from the board and brainstorm five examples of each.
 SOSE 90Island activity (Discovering Democracy Lower Secondary Units, p 40).
 SOSE 90Identify laws in daily life.
Why do we need laws? (legally wrong; morally wrong)
 TASKS
  • Completion of notes: laws/rules/customs.
  • Table of five examples of laws/rules/customs.
  • Class notes on why we need laws.
  • Pictorial representation of punishments.
  • Brainstormed list of legal/moral wrongs and punishments.
   
Week 2English 45Teacher to read Chapters 6 and 7 of Parvana. Complete the Word Find.
 English 90Teacher to read Chapters 8 and 9 of Parvana. Students to complete the worksheet and make notes of conditions of life under the Taliban.
 English 90Teacher to read Chapters 10 and 11. Introduction of 'Letter from Parvana' major task. These two chapters are particularly powerful (grave digging) and will require opportunity for the class to discuss their thoughts. Parvana Homework Sheet (nouns/verbs).
 TASKS
  • Parvana Word Find.
  • Parvana Chapters 8 and 9 Worksheet.
  • Class notes – Life under the Taliban.
  • Parvana Homework Sheet.
   
 SOSE 45The Earliest Laws notes and worksheet. Choose two early punishments and illustrate them. Choose two modern punishments and illustrate them. Describe how punishments have changed/stayed the same.
 SOSE 90Hammurabi's Code (Lower Secondary Units, p 43).
 SOSE 90Different types of government (Lower Secondary Units, pp 11–13; 'Who Should Rule?', Australian Readers Discovering Democracy Lower Secondary Collection, pp 7–9).
 TASKS
  • The Earliest Laws crossword.
  • Punishment illustrations and written discussion.
  • Hammurabi's Code, Ten Commandments and Roman law activities (Lower Secondary Units, pp 43–5).
  • Class notes: Different types of rule.
   
Week 3English 45Teacher to read Chapters 12 and 13 of Parvana. Students draft their letter.
 English 90Teacher to read Chapters 14 and 15 of Parvana. Students complete their letter.
 English 90Oral presentation of Parvana letters.
 TASKS
  • Major task: Letter from Parvana.
  • Oral presentation of students' letters.
   
 SOSE 45What are the sources of Australian law? (Lower Secondary Units, pp 46–50, Activity 1).
 SOSE 90What are the sources of Australian law? (Lower Secondary Units, pp 46–50, Activities 2 and 3).
 SOSE 90How do we make laws today? (Lower Secondary Units, pp 52–5, Activity 1).
 TASKSActivities 1 and 2 from Lower Secondary Units.
   
Week 4English 45View Mulan.
 English 90View Mulan.
 English 90Retell the story of Mulan: class notes.
 TASKS
  • Class notes.
   
 SOSE 45How do we make laws today? (Lower Secondary Units, p 53, Activity 2).
 SOSE 90How do we make laws today? (Lower Secondary Units, p 54, Activity 3 and Research activity).
 SOSE 90How do we make laws today? (Lower Secondary Units, p 54, Research activity).
 TASKSResearch activity on page 54 of the Lower Secondary Units.
   
Week 5English 45Activity related to Mulan.
 English 90Activity related to Mulan. Suggestion: class discussion on the treatment of females 'That women should be allowed to fight in wars'.
 English 90Activity related to Mulan.
 TASKSActivity related to Mulan.
   
 SOSE 45Students to read the short story 'Schooly Mac' by Oodgeroo Noonuccal in Heinemann English Links One and answer the questions.
 SOSE 90'Schooly Mac' questions and discussion of discrimination.
View Rabbit-Proof Fence.
 SOSE 90View Rabbit-Proof Fence. Class discussion of the historical facts of the Stolen Generation issue.
 TASKSRabbit-Proof Fence Worksheet (homework).
   
Week 6English 45Read The Burnt Stick: silent reading in the lesson.
 English 90Reflection on the first 20 pages: The Burnt Stick Worksheet 1.
Homework: Complete reading the novel.
 English 90The Burnt Stick Worksheet 2.
 TASKS
  • The Burnt Stick Worksheet 1.
  • The Burnt Stick Worksheet 2.
   
 SOSE 45Types of laws: brainstorm and handout.
 SOSE 90A3 poster: In pairs students design an A3 poster from newspaper stories which look at specific types of laws which were broken (eg traffic law/law of torts).
 SOSE 90Completion of poster and presentation to the class.
 TASKS
  • A3 poster 'Types of laws'.
   
Week 7English 45The Burnt Stick Worksheet 3.
 English 90The Burnt Stick Worksheet 3.
 English 90The Burnt Stick Worksheet 3.
 TASKSThe Burnt Stick Worksheet 3.
   
 SOSE 45Discuss the arguments used for taking the children away and the effect this issue has had on Aboriginal people and their culture.
 SOSE 90Stolen Generation: A3 brainstorm.
 SOSE 90In small groups students read sections of The Ngarrindjeri People to learn about aspects of this group's traditional lifestyle and culture. Students then report their findings to the whole class.
 TASKSStolen Generation: A3 brainstorm.
Report to class about Ngarrindjeri lifestyle and culture.
   
Week 8English 45Review of 'justice' in English: three major issues of focus:
  1. Parvana: inequalities facing women living in countries governed by unreasonable regimes.
  2. Mulan: role that being of a particular gender has in casting obstacles and stereotypes.
  3. Rabbit-Proof Fence and The Burnt Stick: inequalities facing Aboriginal people.
 English 90Major assessment task that involves a choice between one of the three major issues and a 500-word piece/project/commentary produced.
 English 90Major assessment task that involves a choice between one of the three major issues and a 500-word piece/project/commentary produced.
 TASKSMajor assessment task that involves a choice between one of the three major issues and a 500-word piece/project/commentary produced.
   
 SOSE 45Origins of Aboriginal law in the Dreaming (Lower Secondary Units, p 50; The Ngarrindjeri People pp 54–6). Worksheet on Aboriginal Law: The Dreaming.
 SOSE 90Read a variety of Dreaming stories, preferably ones of local significance. Students to analyse them to elicit the rules for living contained in them. Ngurunderi worksheet.
 SOSE 90Guest speaker: member of the local Aboriginal community. Focus of discussion:
  • the way the law is passed on
  • who enforces the law
  • the role of family – unique family structure
  • punishments.
 TASKS
  • Questions from Aboriginal Law: The Dreaming worksheet.
  • Ngurunderi worksheet.
  • Journal reflecting on guest speaker's discussion.
   
Week 9SOSE 45Students to choose one Dreaming story and represent it in another way (ie artwork, performance, poetry).
 SOSE 90Dreaming story work.
 SOSE 90Guest speaker from the Aboriginal Court or if not possible students to view Aboriginal Court video. Explore how the mainstream Australian legal system is beginning to accommodate the needs of Aboriginal people.
 TASKSActivity 3: The place of customary law (Lower Secondary Units, pp 51–2).