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. A country is usually made up of many different people and places. Think about Australia today. Brainstorm the differences among the States, and among different groups of people throughout the country. Then, list things that the people of Australia have in common. Write a paragraph or design a poster describing ways that unity can be maintained in a country such as Australia that also supports and encourages diversity.
  2. In a democracy such as Australia, leaders come from all walks of life. What kind of experiences or jobs do you think are important to develop a person’s leadership characteristics? Use the internet, newspapers, magazines or a digital camera to gather images of people in different situations where they are shown developing leadership skills. Create a class poster or a web page displaying the images and listing the leadership characteristics, values and skills being demonstrated.