What are you Thinking Now?

Now that you have completed the investigations in People and Places, use your knowledge to explore connections to your life today. Do one or more of the following activities.

  1. In your opinion, do extreme differences between city and rural life still exist in Australia today? Explain the reasons for your opinion. Divide a sheet of poster paper into two parts and draw two sketches: one of life in the city and one of life in the country. Write a comment explaining each of your pictures.
  2. Throughout the history of Australia, there have been many different economic periods, including depressions, recessions and ‘boom’ times. Read through several newspapers to find articles that discuss the current economic situation. What actions are being taken by governments, businesses and communities to maintain a healthy economy, and help those people who may need support? Highlight the significant words and create a class ‘economy talk’ wall.
  3. Think of one thing you would really like to change in your community, town or country. Why do you want to make this change? What actions can you take to try and make the change? Who can you ask for support? Ask your classmates for their ideas. Choose one positive action, and do it.