lesson focus

  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Freedom
  • Integrity
  • Care and compassion

expectations and goals

  • Students discuss their definition of an Australian citizen
  • Students to understand the responsibilities and privileges of an Australian citizen

student experiences

  1. Place the words ‘Australian citizen’ on the board. Ask students to think of what this term means to them. Invite them to recall words that describe what a citizen of Australia is, what they sound like and what they look like. Provide students with access to What is an Australian citizen Y-chart (Resource 9 below) and have them complete.
  2. Discuss with the class some of the answers that were brainstormed. Explain that an Australian Citizen is someone who has been born here to Australian parents or permanent resident parents, or when you apply for and are accepted for citizenship.
  3. Pose the following question to the class, “What are the responsibilities and privileges of being Australian citizen?”  Use a consensus building activity to establish a communal definition.
  4. Provide students with access to Responsibilities and privileges of Australian citizenship KWL chart (Resource 10 below) and ask them to complete/ As a class discuss their responses in the first column (What do I know?). Pose the question, “How are the responses different or the same between students in the class?”
  5. Direct students to research all aspects of citizenship at the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection website
  6. Ask students to create a brochure which will advertise why people will want to become an Australian citizen. Include information such as:
    1. How to become an Australian citizen
    2. Requirements
    3. Test needed to be completed
    4. Privileges and responsibilities of citizenship
    5. An example of an active member of the community or someone who has become a citizen
    6. Any other relevant information such as reasons or benefits
  7. Provide students with access to the Australian citizenship assessment (Resource 11 below) and ask them to complete.
  8. Display this statement to the class, “In order to police effectively and successfully, citizens are required to act dutifully in accordance with the police”. Hold a class discussion about the statement and pose the following questions:
    1. What does this mean?
    2. How does this relate to Crime Stoppers (protecting what we value)?
    3. Do we need police in our society?
    4. What does ‘act dutifully’ mean?

lesson focus questions

  1. What are the responsibilities of an Australian citizen?
  2. What are the privileges of being an Australian citizen?
  3. Do young people have the same responsibilities as adult citizens?
  4.  Are police able to work effectively when we are good citizens?
  5. Do we need police in our society?
  6. What does ‘act dutifully’ mean?

assessment tasks

Students to:

  1. Complete the Australian citizenship assessment (Resource 11 below)

download resources and tools

Printable lesson plan [Download Year 9, Lesson 4 plan]

Resource 9: What is an Australian citizen Y-chart [Download Resource 9]

Resource 10: Responsibilities and privileges of Australian citizenship KWL chart [Download Resource 10]

Resource 11: Australian citizenship assessment [Download Resource 11]

Australian Citizenship information website