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Assessment Resource Centre (ARC)

  1. Stage 3
  2. Human Society and Its Environment
  3. Activities
  4. What are democratic rights?
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What are democratic rights?

Grade Work Samples
End of Stage 3 (end of Year 6)
Grade A Bobby  
Grade B Pat   Rania   Kerry  
Grade C Jessie   Jordan   Casey  
Grade D Kim   Chris   Indra   Alex  
New Work Samples

Foundation Statement strands

The following strands are covered in this activity:

Change and Continuity, Social Systems and Structures

Description of activity

Students answer key questions about democracy and respond to a scenario requiring them to apply their understanding of this concept.

  1. Students answer the key question, “What is democracy?” on the worksheet.
  2. As a group they discuss responses.
  3. Students then list what they think are the rights and responsibilities of living in a democratic society. They are encouraged to respond creatively, demonstrating their understanding of democracy.
  4. Students discuss these rights and responsibilities as they affect them.

Suggested materials

Worksheet, pencils/pens

Prior learning

Students have completed a unit of work in Stages 1 and 2 exploring the decision-making processes in school, the community and local government. Prior to this activity, students have mind-mapped what they know about local and state government, decision-making processes and rules and responsibilities.

Board of Studies NSW, HSIE K–6 Units of Work, pp131-134


Significant Events and People (CCS3.1)
Explains the significance of particular people, groups, places, actions and events in the past in developing Australian identities and heritage.
Time and Change (CCS3.2)
Explains the development of the principles of Australian democracy.
Roles, Rights and Responsibilities (SSS3.8)
Explains the structures, roles, responsibilities and decision-making processes of state and federal governments and explains why Australians value fairness and socially just principles.

Criteria for assessing learning

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • understand the principles of Australian democracy
  • apply their understanding of participatory democracy to formulate plans and create solutions to given scenarios
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