What’s the Story: eBook

The telling of stories is an important communication mode. What is told and what is not told affects legal outcomes. Courts as ethical decision-makers are heavily reliant upon information.

Through the visual content of a simulated sentence hearing students can explore key literacy strategies used by participants to influence an outcome. They are also able to compare their opinions and attitudes with that of the judge and inform their own world view.

What’s the Story enables students to under stand the importance of contextual information in the decision making process about consequences for the guilty.

A re-enactment of a real sentencing scenario provides students the means to build upon their knowledge and understanding to make an informed decision about the penalty for a crime.

Students are encouraged to revisit their decision after hearing the circumstances in relation to the background of the accused. Students can reflect upon their change in attitude and the reasons for such change, and compare their thinking to that of a judge.

When students test the quality of their own hypothesis for their decision making compared with that of a court; the majority of students will offer consequences that differ to the judge’s, making for interesting topical discussion in class.

This resource has been designed for learners from years 6-11. It can be adapted to meet outcomes from the Australian Curriculum in the subject areas of History, English, Civics and Citizenship.

To get the most out of the eBook program, it is advisable to follow the activities as suggested with your students. This eBook program can be complemented by a visit to the Law Courts.

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What’s the Story eBook

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Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Area: English, HASS - Civics and Citizenship, HASS - History

Type: Digital/eLearning
Cost: Free