Ss have prior experience in skills and elements of drama such as improvisation, space, facial expressions, and interaction with other performers.
Ss can define the term democracy and identify its significant development in the Australian government.
Ss can identify significant people and recognise their contribution to Australia as a democratic nation.
Syllabus Outcome(s): - DRAS3.2: Interprets and conveys dramatic meaning by using the elements of drama and a range of movement and voice skills in a variety of drama forms.
- CCS3.2: Explains the development of the principles of Australian democracy.
- CCS3.1: Explains the significance of particular people, groups, places, actions and events in the past in developing Australian identities and heritage.
Indicators of Learning for this lesson: By the end of this lesson, the students will:
- Work effectively in group activities as an active participant.
- Be able to explain democracy and its birth.
- Examine how Australian democracy originated in ancient Greece.
- Be able to differentiate between the two types of democracy, Direct and representative.
Observe student’s ability to communicate ideas in role in collaboration with others.
Analyse student responses to making and presenting their drama work.
Conveys ideas and fictional contexts using elements of drama.
Ss will develop an understanding of the origins of democracy.
Ss will be able to differentiate between the two types of democracy: Direct democracy and a representative democracy.
Ss will be able to identify what type of democracy there is in Australia.
Explain to Ss what we are doing this lesson- a role-play on the birth of democracy in ancient Greece.
Inform Ss that skills that they learnt in last weeks drama lesson will be very useful in the role-play.
Drama warm up game- Space jump.
T calls Ss back onto floor and shows Ss power point explaining the Greek origins of democracy.
The word “democracy” has its origins in the Greek language. It combines two shorter words: “demos” meaning whole citizen living within a particular city-state and “kratos” meaning power or rule. Effectively, the word ‘democracy’ means ‘people power’ – the right of the people of a nation to make decisions about how they are governed.
T describes and illustrates the Greek Assembly in ancient Athens.
T introduces Ss to the two types of democracy:
Direct democracy: A government in which people vote to make their own rules and laws. This form of democracy was practiced in Athens.
In a direct democracy there is a continuous participation of the citizens in the direct exercise of power.
All citizens of Athens were required to vote on any new law. One man, one vote, majority ruled. Women, children, and slaves were not citizens, and thus could not vote.
A Representative Democracy:A government in which people vote for representatives. The representatives make rules and laws that govern themselves and the people.
What is Australia? (Representative democracy)
Ss will be seated on the floor in front of IWB and T.
Space jump- Ss will be seated on floor in front of the stage.
Role play activity:
Ss will be able to use skills they have previously learnt in drama in the role-play.
Through the group roles, Ss will be able to see what it felt like to be in their particular role.
Ss learn how the democratic process works.
T – Divides class into two groups.
T explains that in their groups Ss will be acting out a role-play on the Greek democratic process, where:
Ss vote on a agenda decided by the ‘Greek council’.
Slaves, men and women whose parents were not born in Athens and Athenian-born women could not vote.
As students move through the agenda, progressively eliminate each of these groups, explaining why. This leaves men of Athenian-born parents as the only participating group.
T selects two Ss from each group to be the ‘Greek council’. The council decides on the agenda that Ss will be voting on in their role-play.
Within their groups Ss have to assign 6 roles for the role play: