Passport to Democracy is an active citizenship resource which aims to develop critical thinking skills in students by prompting them to consider how they can make an impact on issues they care about and ultimately, how they can engage with the community to achieve positive change.
Passport to Democracy is an active citizenship resource which aims to develop critical thinking skills in students by prompting them to consider how they can make an impact on issues they care about and ultimately how they can engage with community to achieve positive change.
The Passport lesson plans have been divided into four modules: Decide, Research, Activate, and Vote. Each lesson plan contains detailed activities, ICT opportunities, and assessment opportunities
What do your students care about? What do they want to see change in their community? Which level of government makes decisions about these things and how can students influence decision makers? By the end of this unit, students will have chosen an issue which matters to them.
What are the facts behind the issues that the students have identified? What does critical thinking and reading involve, and why does it matter? Who are our democratic representatives and how can students get in touch with them?
Students develop an action plan to make an impact on the issue they have selected. Students work in “parties”, delegate tasks, and organise a campaign to spread their message.
Election time! Students will present their campaigns to their “electorate”, trying to win the votes of their classmates. This hands on experience will help students understand how voting works, from choosing who to vote for, to seeing how votes are counted. Get in touch to book a FREE VEC Incursion.
The eight lesson Mini-Passport unit of work guides students through the 4 modules but is shorter in length, making it perfect for a tightly packed curriculum, and time poor schools.
Add the Mini Passport to your resource kit
You can edit this resource to ensure it meets your assessment needs. It includes ideas for both formative and summative assessments, submission checklists, curriculum align rubrics and a list of Assessment for Learning activities which can be found throughout the resources.
- Student assignment task with instructions
- Curriculum-aligned summative assessment rubrics
- A list of assessment for learning Passport activities
- A student submission checklist
- You can edit this document to suit your cohort and reporting needs. It can also be used for Mini-Passport!
An integrated Senior unit covering all outcomes in PDS, Unit 2, and five in Literacy Skills. Its four phases support VCAL students to form a partnership with a local organisation and take practical action on an issue in their community.
The Passport to Democracy resources are aligned to both the Victorian and Australian Civics and Citizenship curriculum across years 3-10. VEC resources can also be used in VCAL classes and as a part of a Year 12 “life skills” course.
Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning
"Partner Up" is an integrated Senior unit covering all outcomes in PDS,Unit 2, and five outcomes in Literacy Skills. Its four phases support VCAL students to form a partnership with a local organisation and take practical action on an issue in their community. Resources are free, and can be adapted for Intermediate level.
Australian Curriculum: Civics and Citizenship
Passport to Democracy aligns well at Level 8 and 9, but there are opportunities to incorporate the resources from Level 3 to Level 10. Please get in contact if you'd like assistance mapping the resources to your specific needs!
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