The lesson plans in Decide expand on students’ existing knowledge of current community issues. In groups, they choose one that they care about and want to change. Before deciding, they are supported to understand the complex notions of issues, communities, power and influence, rights, government, responsibility and point of view.
Students must select their own issue, rather than teacher providing suggestions or steering student projects. If you are delivering course content in upper primary or lower secondary we suggest, as a starting point, focusing on school-based issues; in middle secondary school on Victorian state-based issues; and in senior classes on either national or global issues. Students contacting their local representative (either MP or local councillor) works really well.
A ‘red’ button signifies that this lesson is essential for active citizenship learning.