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Australia and the UN: Research Report


Grade Work Samples
End of Stage 5 (end of Year 10)
Grade A Ashley  
Grade D Darcy   Cameron  

Description of activity

Students use a chart showing the principal agencies of the United Nations.

www.un.org/aboutun/chart.html

Using website addresses, students investigate, either individually or in pairs or groups, one of the agencies on the chart. Students then outline the aims and achievements of the chosen agency and Australia's role in the agency; construct a timeline of the main activities of the agency between 1945-2000; present a one-page structured report in a format of their own choosing, indicating sources used.

Context

This activity forms part of Topic 7: People Power and Politics in the Post-war Period in the Mandatory Stage 5 History syllabus and provides an opportunity to study civics and citizenship in a global context. Students have used relevant sources to learn about the founding of the United Nations and Australia's role in its formation. They have gained some understanding of the purpose of the UN from their reading of excerpts from the UN Charter.

Outcomes

A student:

5.2 assesses the impact of international events and relationships on Australia's history

5.4 sequences major historical events to show an understanding of continuity, change and causation

5.8 locates, selects and organises relevant historical information from a number of sources, including ICT, to undertake historical inquiry

5.10 selects and uses appropriate oral, written and other forms, including ICT, to communicate effectively about the past for different audiences

Criteria for assessing learning

(These criteria would normally be communicated to students with the activity.)

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • outline the aims and achievements of the agency and Australia's role in the agency in the post-war period
  • sequence the main activities of the agency between 1945 and 2000
  • locate and select relevant historical information from ICT sources
  • present the results of their research in an appropriate, structured text.
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