Political parties and social movements: Activity 1

  1. Ask students to form four groups. Inform students that they will be working in expert groups to record information about eminent Australians in the past - in particular, their background and experience, beliefs and aims, and the strategies they employed to achieve change.  

    Provide students with an A3 size copy of Political parties and social movements (Then) (pdf format). Explain to students that this is a jigsaw activity and to cut the handout into four pieces.

    Ask students to divide into expert groups, with at least one person per group nominating to bring back information about:

    Provide experts with copies of the handouts.

    Inform students about the amount of time that they have to read the information and record their responses.

    At the end of the allocated time, the experts return to their original groups and share their information. Provide students with glue sticks and A3 sheets of paper. Ask students to join the pieces of their puzzle back together again and stick them on thepaper.

  2. Provide students with a copy of Evaluating the success of strategies employed (pdf format). Ask the students to:

    • list the strategies employed by Spence, Street, Gibbs and Nicholls
    • rate the strategies in terms of their success in achieving the goal/s
    • justify their rating.

    Strategies employed by Spence, Street, Gibbs and Nicholls include:

    •   Form a political party

    •   Strikes

    •   Sign petitions

    •   Form a union

    •   Rallies

    •   Make speeches

    •   Form an association

    •   Protests

    •   Write letters

    •   Form a board

    •   Boycotts

    •   Talk to politicians

    •   Stand for election

    •   Demonstrations


Introduction | Activity One | Activity Two