Students were asked to write an illustrated article of approximately 100 words demonstrating their understanding of the contribution of one cultural community to Australian society. They were expected to consider aspects of the chosen culture, such as the arts, food, festivals, sport, business, commerce and industry. In this task students could work in groups to develop their ideas but were expected to complete the article individually. Prior to the task students were introduced to the concept of a cultural group or community and the diversity of cultural groups in Australia. Students also discussed as a group the meaning of the concepts of culture, community and diversity. They explored the different cultural backgrounds of the students in the class including the contribution different cultural groups have made to Australian society. The elements of the Civic knowledge and understanding standard addressed by this task are: (Students) demonstrate understanding of the contribution of people from the many culturally diverse groups that make up the Australian community. Sample The following sample illustrates the kind of response that students produce when they have achieved the elements of the standards addressed by the task. Cultural Contribution
Annotation The student: provides some background information about the selected cultural community, including an attempt to provide reasons for Chinese immigration
provides examples of the contribution of the Chinese to Australian society. The reference to rice suggests that aspects of the contribution were unique
(B) Elements of the standard
(Students) demonstrate understanding of the contribution of people from the many culturally diverse groups that make up the Australian community.