lesson focus

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

expectations and goals

  • Students to identify the main steps in becoming an Australian citizen
  • Students are to explore the diversity of Australian citizens

learning experiences

Classroom Ideas

  1. Organise students into pairs. Ask each pair to develop four sentences that use the word ‘citizen’. Explain that they are to include four different aspects about citizens (eg being actively involved in the community, citizen as a legal term, values of a citizen, responsibilities). Hold a class discussion to revise citizenship using the pairs’ sentences as discussion leads
  2. Ask students to conduct an investigation into the citizenship in two other countries (eg USA and Japan). The investigation is to compare and contrast the two countries’ citizenship and include:
    1. steps needed to become a citizen
    2. requirements and eligibility
    3. responsibilities and privileges
    4. rights of the citizen
  3. Pose the following questions and discuss as a class:
    1. Does the citizenship process differ from Australia?
    2. Do you think that any of the Australian steps need to be changed?
  4. Hold a class discussion relating citizenship back to the theme of protecting what we value, the role of Crime Stoppers and the connection with police.  Pose the questions, “Are people who are not Australian citizens allowed to use a service like Crime Stoppers? If so, how do they cater for this?”
  5. Ask students to write a letter to their local newspaper reflecting on their personal identity and commitment to Australian democratic citizenship. The letter needs to include what citizenship means to them, and how it influences their interactions with others and the wider community.
  6. Ask students to read the personal stories about Australian citizenship at the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection website
    Provide students with access to Becoming and Australian Citizen (Resource 12 below) and ask them to complete. Display the completed worksheets around the class.
  7. Hold a class discussion on what the students believe a ‘Citizen of the Year’ is. Pose questions such as, “What do you think they look like? What do they do? Are they a sportsman, doctor etc?”
    Ask students to research who was last year’s Australian ‘Citizen of the Year’ and why they were honoured with the title. Ask students if they can recall any other Citizens of the Year.

focus questions

  1. What is citizenship?
  2. What role does Crime Stoppers have in citizenship?
  3. How do people become citizens of Australia
  4.  What are the benefits of becoming an Australian citizen?
  5. What is an Australian Citizen of the Year?
  6. What should we look for in an Australian Citizen of the Year?

assessment tasks

Students to:

  1. Complete a letter to their local newspaper reflecting on their personal identity and commitment to Australian democratic citizenships

download resources and tools

Printable lesson plan [Download Year 9, Lesson 5 plan]

Citizenship information on the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection website 

Resource 12: Becoming an Australian citizen [Download Resource 12]

Additional resources:

Discovering Democracy Units