Voting and belonging: For the teacher

Year level: Lower Secondary

Key learning Area: Studies of Society and Environment/History

Number of lessons: 8

Lesson's overall aim

Investigate how being enfranchised (having the right to vote) and having proportional representation affects formal participation, belonging and equality.

Curriculum Links

Links to the Australian Curriculum

Learning Outcomes


  • Research
  • Analysis
  • Debating
  • Presenting
  • Action planning


Links can be made to Values education as student learning focuses on the following Values for Australian Schooling:

  • Fair go – Pursue and protect the common good where all people are treated fairly for a just society
  • Freedom – Enjoy all the rights and privileges of Australian citizenship free from unnecessary interference or control, and stand up for the rights of others
  • Respect – Treat others with consideration and regard, respect another person’s point of view
  • Responsibility – Be accountable for one’s own actions, resolve differences in constructive, non-violent and peaceful ways, contribute to society and to civic life, take care of the environment
  • Understanding, Tolerance and Inclusion – Be aware of others and their cultures, accept diversity within a democratic society, being included and including others.


This unit uses a number of downloadable graphic organisers including a data chart. Advice on how to use a data chart is provided as a separate downloadable document. Student grouping arrangements will need to be considered in relation to access to online resources including animations and interactives.

Opportunities for assessing students’ knowledge and understanding occur at the end of each stage of the inquiry process for this unit.

Please be aware that the digital resources contain references to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who may have passed away. This may cause distress to some Indigenous students.

The following resource sheets are available in pdf format:

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