Free resources for teaching and self-education about democracy

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Guide to Democracy encourages Humanities and Social Science (HASS) students in primary and secondary school to consider community-based issues important to them. The Guide looks at how students can create positive change in their school or local community and how they, as active and informed citizens, can take part in our democracy. The Curriculum into the Classroom material includes Civics and Citizenship units, where teachers and students can access lesson plans and classroom resources. For example, in Years 5 to 6, Unit 2, students have the opportunity to study the key institutions of Australia's democratic government, including state/territory and federal parliaments, and the court system. They learn how state/territory and federal laws are made in a parliamentary system. Students examine Australian citizenship and reflect on the rights and responsibilities that being a citizen entails. They also explore the obligations people may have as global citizens.