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    Questions for discussion

    Democratic elections

    1. What happened in the recent Iranian election?

    2. Why were some people protesting?

    3. Why are elections an important part of democracy? RD JUNE 2009 4. Why is it important for elections to be conducted fairly?

    5. Give an example of how elections can sometimes be unfair or rigged. EPISODE 17 6. What processes help ensure that elections in Australia are fair?

    7. Why do you think a secret ballot is an important part of the election process? 238. Describe the role of a scrutineer.

    9. Do you think it’s important for young people to understand the election

    process? Why or why not?

    10. What do you now know about the election process that you didn’t know before

    watching the BtN story?

Hold a class or small group discussion using the following questions as discussion

    starters: Do you believe that another country should interfere with their election

    processes? Should all elections be monitored by a United Nations body?

    Ocker idiom

    1. Briefly summarise the BtN story.

    2. What did the Prime Minister say recently that caused controversy?

    3. How did people react to the comment?

    4. Do you think it is ok for the Prime Minister to use those sorts of expressions?

    Explain your answer.

    5. What influence do young people have on the English language?

    6. Give some examples of how language has changed over the years.

    7. How do new words make it into the dictionary?

    8. Give some reasons why language changes.

    9. Why are some people angry about what’s happening to the English language?

    10. What do you understand more clearly about how language changes since

    watching the BtN story?

`Should the Prime Minister use slang?’ Vote in the online poll.

    Green tea

    1. What is the most popular drink after water?

    2. Give two historical facts about tea.

    3. Describe the traditional Japanese Chado ceremony.

    4. Which country is an Australian farmer selling green tea to?

    5. Which plant does tea come from?

    6. Describe the process of making green and black tea.

    ? ABC 2009

    7. What factors are important to the taste of green tea?

    8. What are the advantages of buying Australian green tea?

    9. Describe the health benefits of green tea.

    10. How has your thinking about tea changed since watching the BtN story?

Test your knowledge in the online tea quiz.

    Croc skins

    1. Summarise the story about croc skins.

    2. What croc skin products are popular?

    3. Croc skin products have been described as luxurious and desirable. What do

    you think that means?

    4. How many skins were exported from the Northern Territory last year?

    5. Why are the crocodile eggs collected and incubated?

    6. Why is it important to have a blemish fee skin?

    7. What does the fashion industry look for in a crocodile skin?

    8. What are scientists doing to improve the skin?

    9. How successful has it been? Explain your answer.

    10. Create a plus, minus and interesting chart about farming crocodiles for their

    skin.

Send a message or tell us what you think on the BtN Guestbook.

    Paper planes

    1. Explain the BtN story to another student.

    2. Why do you think paper plane making is popular?

    3. Describe the successes of Dylan Parker and James Norton.

    4. Where were the world paper plane championships held?

    5. How did James and Dylan describe the experience?

    6. What is the key to Dylan’s planes flying a long way?

    7. How are they passing their knowledge on to young people?

    8. What things can people learn from making paper planes?

    9. What do you think makes a successful paper plane?

    10. What was surprising about this story?

Hold a paper plane making competition in your class. The following website has some

    different paper plane designs http://www.10paperairplanes.com/

    Democratic elections

    ? ABC 2009

A recent election in Iran sparked protests with some

    people saying the process wasn’t fair and the results

    were rigged. So what makes an election fair?

    EPISODE 17

    RD23 JUNE 2009 Focus Questions

     Learning Area 11. What happened in the recent Iranian election? Society and 12. Why were some people protesting? Environment Civics 13. Why are elections an important part of democracy? and Citizenship 14. Why is it important for elections to be conducted fairly?

    15. Give an example of how elections can sometimes be unfair or rigged. 16. What processes help ensure that elections in Australia are fair? Key learning 17. Why do you think a secret ballot is an important part of the election process?

    18. Describe the role of a scrutineer. Students will 19. Do you think it’s important for young people to understand the election investigate how process? Why or why not? elections in 20. What do you now know about the election process that you didn’t know before Australia are watching the BtN story? conducted to make

    them fair.

     What makes an election fair?

     Students will be investigating how elections are conducted in Australia and what

     makes them fair. Ask students to record what they think the following key words mean and how they help ensure the election process remains fair: ? Preferential voting

     ? Compulsory voting ? Ballot paper

     ? Secret ballot ? Scrutineer

     ? Democracy ? Represent

     Students can then check their definitions using a web or print resource. There are

     some web links at the end of this activity to support students. Students will then

     examine an aspect of elections the secret ballot. Ask students to decide on a

     classroom, school or community issue that they can vote on. Students first vote

     with a show of hands and then use the secret ballot system. Ask students to reflect

     on the results:

     ? Were there differences in the outcome of the votes? . ? What are the possible reasons for people voting in a different way?

    ? How could the secret ballot system impact on the way people vote in an

    election?

    ? ABC 2009

Ask students to share their responses in small groups and use either a plus, minus

    and interesting or SWOT (strengths, weakness, opportunities, threats) chart to

    display the information.

    Further investigation

    Hold a class or small group discussion using the following questions as discussion

    starters: Do you believe that another country should interfere with their election

    processes? Should all elections be monitored by a United Nations body?

    Research and present the different stages in the election process.

    Develop an argument for or against the following statement: Voting in Australia is

    compulsory.

? Related Research Links

ABC News - US questions Ahmadinejad's election win

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/06/15/2597896.htm

ABC News - Tweeting from Tehran: social media and the Iranian election

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/events/iran-social-media/

ABC News Iran blocks foreign coverage of election protests: media

    http://abc.com.au/news/stories/2009/06/15/2598129.htm?site=news

Australian Electoral Commission Democracy Rules: Teacher information

    http://www.aec.gov.au/Education/Democracy_Rules/teachers/index.htm

Parliamentary Education Office Information about elections

    http://www.peo.gov.au/students/fss/fss41.html

BBC Country profile Iran

     http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/country_profiles/790877.stm

Ocker idiom

    ? ABC 2009

The Prime Minister recently used an expression that

    lots of people hadn’t heard in years. So why does

    language change?

    EPISODE 17

    RD23 JUNE 2009 Focus Questions

     Learning Area 21. Briefly summarise the BtN story. English 22. What did the Prime Minister say recently that caused controversy?

    23. How did people react to the comment? 24. Do you think it is ok for the Prime Minister to use those sorts of expressions? Key learning Explain your answer.

    25. What influence do young people have on the English language? Students will 26. Give some examples of how language has changed over the years. investigate how 27. How do new words make it into the dictionary? language changes 28. Give some reasons why language changes. depending on 29. Why are some people angry about what’s happening to the English language? audience and 30. What do you understand more clearly about how language changes since context. watching the BtN story?

    Changing language Students will be thinking about the language they use in a variety of situations/settings depending on who they are talking to. In pairs ask students to discuss the Prime Minister’s recent comment `Fair shake of the sauce bottle.’ The following questions can provide a framework for their discussion.

     ? Have you heard the expression before and what do you think it means?

    ? Why do you think he used the expression?

     ? What do you think he was trying to achieve?

    ? Who do you think he was trying to appeal to?

     Ask each pair to report back to the class and record student responses. Students will then think about how their language changes depending on who they are speaking to. Think about and record how and why the language they use changes when they are:

    ? In the classroom

     ? On the internet/text messaging

    ? With friends

    . ? With family (does it change for different family members?)

    Students can use an existing text or write a paragraph about a topic of their choice.

    They need to write two versions of the text for two different audiences. For

    example, one could be for their teacher and the other for a friend in an email,

    message on a social networking site or text message. Students then highlight the

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key differences in language for each text and use one of the following formats to

    show how language changes depending on context and audience.

    ? Role play

    ? Animation/ short film

    ? Oral presentation

    Reflection

What do you understand more clearly about how language changes since

    completing this activity?

    Further investigation

    Idioms are expressions or sayings that have a hidden meaning. Students research the

    history of idioms and choose five to translate. Display the idioms in an interesting way

    using illustrations.

? Related Research Links

ABC Stateline Lost words

    http://www.abc.net.au/stateline/act/content/2006/s2598026.htm

ABC News - Canberra chameleon: Rudd gets saucy

    http://abc.com.au/news/stories/2009/06/10/2594427.htm

ABC News Rudd says ocker sound bites fair dinkum

    http://abc.com.au/news/stories/2009/06/11/2595358.htm?site=news

British Library Changing language

    http://www.bl.uk/learning/langlit/changlang/language.html

End of term quiz

? ABC 2009

    1. How many gigabytes make a terabyte?

    a. 10

    b. 100

    c. 1000

    2. What is a virtual security wall known as?

    a. Firewall

    b. Fireball

    c. Virus scanner

    3. Which part of the brain controls breathing and heartbeat?

    a. Brainstem

    b. Cerebellum

    c. Hypothalamus

    4. People with bigger brains are more intelligent.

    a. True

    b. False

5. Swine flu is also known as…

    a. Animal flu

    b. H6N1

    c. Influenza A (H1N1)

     Term 2 2009

6. A pandemic is...

    a. A type of medicine

    ? ABC 2009

    b. When disease spreads quickly throughout the world

    c. Staying away from sick people

7. Where do snow leopards live?

    a. Himalayan mountains

    b. Rocky mountains

    c. Swiss alps

    8. For centuries Asian societies have used green tea for what?

    a. Medicine

    b. Anti-aging cream

    c. Shampoo

9. Rabbits eat their poo.

    a. True

    b. False

10. What does ANZAC Day commemorate?

    a. European settlement in Australia

    b. Australia versus New Zealand rugby

    c. Australian and New Zealand military that fought in wars.

    11. Where have pirates been causing problems recently?

    a. Somalia

    b. France

    c. Ireland

12. In what year will analogue television end?

    a. 2011

    b. 2013

    c. Never

    13. The Federal budget this year was in deficit.

    ? ABC 2009

    a. True

    b. False

    14. Plastic shopping bags have been banned in which state?

    a. New South Wales

    b. South Australia

    c. Western Australia

15. Cyber bullying is bullying someone…

    a. Face to face

    b. Who doesn’t know much about computers

    c. Online or using a mobile phone

16. What is an aged pension?

    a. A transport ticket for old people

    b. Money some people get from the government when they reach a certain

    age

    c. A holiday for retirees

    17. How long does it take for turtle eggs to hatch?

    a. One month

    b. Two months

    c. Six months

    18. Out of 1000 hatchlings, how many turtles make it to adulthood?

    a. 1

    b. 100

    c. 500

    19. What did a doctor recently use to treat a boy with a brain injury?

    a. An electric drill

    b. A milkshake maker

    c. A laser

    ? ABC 2009

20. Lake Eyre is a freshwater lake.

    a. True

    b. False

21. What colour is the black box flight recorder in planes?

    a. Black

    b. Purple

    c. Orange

22. A group of children affected by the Victorian bushfires…

    a. Wrote a children’s book

    b. Recorded and performed a song

    c. Danced on a kids’ TV show

    ? ABC 2009

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