Stage 3 - Unit 3 – What are the common values that unite people?

Broad focus for an inquiry: Personal and social capability, ethics and ethical understanding

Generative questions

  • Are my values the same or different to others?
  • What do we have in common?
  • Why is it important to have values?
  • What values and beliefs are important for Australians?

Understandings, skills and values

  • Explain how values and beliefs influence the actions of individuals.
  • Recognise that values can change over time.
  • Identify values and beliefs held in our society.
  • Provide examples of significant groups and individuals who have fought for values and beliefs.

Tuning in

What are values and beliefs?

Select some popular songs that explore Australian values. Students listen to the songs and lyrics to identify the values and beliefs expressed. Students work in small groups to analyse a song and discuss the following:

  • Why did the artist write this song?
  • What values are presented in the song?
  • What does this song mean for them?

Suggested resources:

  • My Island Home by Neil Murray.
  • I Am, You Are, We Are Australian by Bruce Woodley.
  • From Little Things, Big Things Grow by Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody.

Finding out

Case study: Significant individuals who have shaped our values

Students research examples of individuals and groups who have fought for values and beliefs. For example,  Mahatma Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Edith Cowan, Eddie Mabo, Vincent Lingiari and Dame Edith Lyons.

  • Who are they?
  • Where are they from?
  • Why are they significant?
  • What challenges did they face?
  • How did they influence society?

Sorting out

Promoting diversity

Survey students and staff about areas for improvement within the school that could promote diversity and acceptance for everyone. Students analyse data and provide feedback. Students can choose how they present the information to the wider school community.

Going further

Shared values

Students write a song, create a picture book, or write a story or poem that promotes positive values in a format suitable for a younger class. Students share this with their younger audience.

Concluding and acting

Planning for a positive future

Students extend Australia’s timeline to 2050 and include some positive changes they would like to see in Australian society regarding issues surrounding diversity, such as:

  • the rights of people with a disability
  • the rights of Indigenous people
  • supporting migrants, asylum seekers and refugees
  • gender pay gap
  • racism
  • other issues involving equality, fairness and acceptance of difference.

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