Values we admire in others: Introduction

Key Learning Area: Studies of Society and Environment

Year Level: Upper Primary

Lesson Duration: 5 lessons

Lesson Topic: Values we admire in others

Lesson’s overall aim:

Students use a values-based approach to analyse and annotate a biography of a famous Australian. They suggest possible motivations for their efforts to make a difference to the lives of others and their community. Students will use the case study model to write their own biography for a famous Australian who is important to them.

Curriculum Links

Links to the Australian Curriculum

Intended student learning objectives/outcomes


  • Engage with values that are important to Australian democracy.
  • Recognise that citizens can individually and collectively influence decision-making.
  • Reflect on the histories of cultural groups within their school and communities.


  • Analysing
  • Researching
  • Writing


  • Care and compassion
  • Doing your best
  • Fair go
  • Freedom
  • Honesty and trustworthiness
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Understanding, tolerance and inclusion


  1. Nine Values for Australian Schooling (pdf format)
  2. Civics and Citizenship website: Biographies
  3. Annotation of an Australian Legend – Michael Long (pdf format)

Note to teachers

Please be aware that the digital resources contain references to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who may have passed away.

Introduction | Activity One | Activity Two | Activity Three

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