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Ministry of Education.

Kiwi identity

Adapted from the Social Studies Online unit Kiwi Identity.

Teacher: Peter Thompson

Adaptions for ESOL Students: Elise Soothill


Year: 9

Level: 5

Duration: 4 weeks

Achievement objectives

Social Studies:

  • Culture and Heritage
    Ways in which cultural and national identity develop and are maintained.

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • explain how their cultural identity has developed and is maintained
  • explain how a Kiwi identity has been developed and is maintained.

Supporting achievement objectives


  • Interpersonal speaking
  • Processing information

Learning outcomes


Students will be able to:

  • discuss in small groups their own cultural experiences and identity
  • collect information through interviews
  • select and present information in the form of a picture book.




  • Inquiry
  • Values Exploration

Students will be able to:

  • collect, process and communicate information about their own cultural identity;
  • examine people's differing values positions about culture and identity.

Language focus

Students will:

  • learn key vocabulary
  • talk in small groups to discuss their understandings about human society
  • practise speaking clearly and confidently
  • through teacher led discussion develop their language understandings. of picture books.


Students will:

  • develop their understanding of interviews in a Social Studies context.

How the language learning outcomes will be achieved:

  • focusing on key words (Word 51KB)
  • using students' Real experiences (Word 35KB) as a basis for discussion
  • scaffolding students' understanding through teacher and peer modeling and through using thinking aloud techniques to foster language understandings
  •  using co-operative learning activities to foster group discussion
  •  teaching context specific vocabulary explicitly
  •  incorporating language activities into the unit
  •  providing examples of story book conventions for the assessment activity and also supporting ESOL students through teacher scaffolding and modelling.

Teacher background reading

Preparing Secondary Education Teachers To Work with English Language Learners- Social Studies (PDF 528KB)

Teaching and learning activities

Learning task 1

Learning task 2


Published on: 09 Jan 2018