lesson focus

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

expectations and goals

  • Students to research Australians who have contributed to modern day Australia
  • Students to expand their knowledge of  how Crime Stoppers protects what they value

learning experiences

Classroom Ideas

  1. Invite students to explore and review the Gallery of Australian Biographies on the Australian Government’s Civics and Citizenship website  
  2. Ask the students to select a historical figure from the website or a member of their community who has made a positive difference.
  3. Ask students to research the differences this individual has made and how their actions have affected modern day Australia.
  4. After reading the biography and any other relevant materials, ask students to suggest the possible motivations for their selected person’s actions and identify the values that they represent.
  5. Instruct students to collate their research information into a presentation.
    Tell them to relate the presentation back to the theme of ‘protecting what we value’ (the role of Crime Stoppers).The presentation should have the following sections:

    1. Introduction: Use the library and internet research to describe the person in a greater sense.
    2. Background: Information about the person. Who it is. Where are they from? What was their upbringing like?
    3. Content: What did they do? In what ways did they make a positive difference? How has this person contributed to affect modern day Australia? What has this person achieved in terms of social, economic and political outcomes? What are this person’s values?
    4. Conclusion: A summary of the research that does not include any new information.
  6. Have students collate and present

lesson focus questions

  1. Why are you interested in this person?
  2. How has this person contributed to affect modern day Australia?
  3. What has this person achieved in terms of social, economic and political outcomes?
  4. What are this person’s values?

assessment tasks

Students to:

  1. Create a presentation on an Australian historical figure that has made a positive difference to the nation

 download resources and tools

Printable lesson plan [Download Year 9, Lesson 8 Plan)

Australian Biography 

Biographical writing