Champions Of Justice


Prologue
Mission
Plan Of Attack
Teams:
Team: Furies
Team: Amazons
Team: Titans
Team:  Supersonics
Time For Action

Teachers
Evaluation

 

 

 

Purpose of this WebQuest

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his WebQuest was aimed at developing an awareness in students about

the Rights of the Child, why they need addressing and what they can do to help.

Students are to investigate two Global issues, an Australian issue and a school-based issue.

Four Rights of the Child are investigated by the four teams:

  • Number 4 -  "You have a right to special care and protection and to good food, housing and medical services." Example: Poverty (Titans)
  • Number 6 - "You have the right to love and understanding, preferably from parents and family, but from the government where these cannot help." Example: Stolen Generation (Amazons)
  • Number 7 - "You have the right to go to school for free, to play and to have an equal chance to develop yourself and to learn to be responsible and useful." Example: Bullying (Supersonics)
  • Number 9 - "You have the right to be protected against cruel acts or exploitation, eg you shall not be obliged to do work which hinders your development both physically and mentally". Example: Child Labour (Furies)

Through this WebQuest, children are provoked into considering where they stand on social issues and forming opinions about what they believe.

Hopefully, by the end of this WebQuest students have started to develop an understanding of their own values, beliefs and a sense of what they can do on a local school, Australian and Global level about these rights.

Students will also get a better idea of the complexities of the issues and that people have different perspectives about these issues.

Overview

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his WebQuest follows the story of the student who dreams about entering the world of the "Champions of Justice" - a comic world. They must decide who they will protect and why.

To help students work this out, they investigate what they and their friends value, they team up to study a specific right of the child, and they share their "Right of the Child" with other members of the class with a piece of art work and a performance: puppet play, song, commercial or pantomime.

When they are finished they will have a better understanding of the Rights of the Child throughout the world but also how these apply to their own classroom, school and country, of what they believe in and why. They are to hold a Children's Parliament and decide what action they can do.

Learners/Age Level

T
his WebQuest is designed for students in middle school (Years Five to Eight, Years 5 - 8, Stages 3 - 4 NSW Australia) though it can easily be extended for other levels.

Key Learning Areas (Subjects)

T
his integrated WebQuest is primarily a social justice unit, which can be

used in Personal Development, Social Studies (Studies of Society and the Environment SOSE/
Human Society and Its Environment - HSIE), Religious Education and Values (R.E), Values Education, English and the Arts.

Curriculum Standards

This WebQuest covers the following Curriculum Standards taken from the NSW Board of Studies K - 6:

Knowledge and Understandings: Change and continuity; Cultures; Environments; and, Social systems and structures.

Values and Attitudes: Social Justice; Intercultural understanding; Democratic processes; Beliefs and moral codes; and, Lifelong learning.

Skills: Acquiring information; Using an inquiry process; and, Social and civic participation.

(Source: NSW Board of Studies K - 6 Curriculum Documents)

This WebQuest covers the following Curriculum Standards taken from the NSW Board of Studies 7 - 10:

Knowledge:
acquire knowledge and understandings of social behaviours, processes and institutions with emphasis on Australian society; develop an understanding of appropriate concepts: change, class, community, conflict, culture, function, group, institution, locality, organisation, power, process, role, self, society, status, structure and system; develop an understanding of the interaction between Australian society and the global community.

Skills:
identify and clarify social issues; search for data; organise data; interpret data; analyse information; evaluate evidence; make value judgements; communicate understanding and judgements; plan with others and participate productively in group discussion.

Values:
an awareness of values expressed or implied in Australian and other societies; an awareness of their own values; an ability to identify and make value judgments which are based on evidence, logic and belief; patterns of responsible action based on the values they hold and the decisions they make; appreciation that clarification of values is rarely straightforward and that differences and conflicts of opinions, beliefs and attitudes will arise; sensitivity to the needs, values and behaviour patterns of others; a sense of individual, group, national and international identity.

(Source: NSW Board of Studies 7 - 10 Curriculum Documents)

Assessment

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hroughout this WebQuest, students will participate in individual, pair, small group and large group activities. They will also have an opportunity to read, talk, listen and write. Click here for a rubric on how to assess this WebQuest.

Preceding Tasks

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possible introduction to this unit may be to read some relevant newspaper articles as a class.

Follow-up Ideas: Websites to investigate

Investigate these websites for interactivity and information.

UN - Special Session on Children, 2002

The Global Movement for Children

 

Extra Resources

General


United Nations: Special Session on Children
The gathering will present a great opportunity to change the way the
world views and treats children.


Australia's Report to the UN: For Teachers- PDF 97Kbps


4: Poverty (Titans)

Brotherhood of St Laurence - Poverty Information Sheets
The information sheets provide information about poverty in Australia in a
question and answer format.

Child Poverty Across the Industrialised World
This article from Bruce Bradbury of the University of New South Wales
presents results of research which compares child poverty in countries
throughout the developed world.

Poverty Reduction
ADB, Asian Development Bank shows its vision of an Asian and Pacific Region that is free of poverty. ADB's poverty reduction strategy
paper spells out the steps to be taken to support development of specific
poverty reduction strategies for each borrowing country.

World Bank
World Bank web site developed to provide resources for
people and organizations working to understand and alleviate poverty.



6: Stolen Generation  (Amazons)

Aboriginal Stolen Generation: PL Duffy Resource Centre, Trinity College, WA - lots of resources

Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission - Bringing Them Home Report

Parliament of Australia: Parliamentary Library: The Stolen Generation


7: Bullying (Supersonics)

Bullying Resources: PL Duffy Resource Centre, Trinity College WA

Bullying: No Way!

Parenting and Child Health: Bullying


9. Child Labour (Furies)
 

Child Labor Coalition

American Federation of Teachers: Child Labor Resources

American Federation of Teachers: Child Labor

Human Rights Watch: Child Labor

 

CREDITS

Tom Gibson created all the cartoons for this WebQuest. Tom is a teacher, stand up comic and a wonderful communicator! Thanks for your creativity Tom!

Glen Bunfield, a superb graphic designer, brought Tom's cartoons to life while constructing this WebQuest.

Luke Gowen, our great Technician, made sure that the WebQuest's functionality worked.

Frances Moore, Director of WebQuest Direct, and, Teacher, wrote the WebQuest content.



 

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