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Learning task 2

Expected time frame: 2–3 lessons

Teaching and learning purposes

These learning activities are designed to

Ensuring learners know the content and language learning outcomes

  • Share the learning outcomes, including language learning outcomes, with your students, for example:
    • I know how laws are made in NZ.
    • I know how to vote in NZ.
    • I can read for information in a text.
    • I can record the steps in a procedure in visual form.

1. Reading to learn how laws are made and how to vote

Divide the class into two groups. Ask each student to read one of the online texts below, with each student making dot and jot notes about the steps in each procedure:

2. Role-playing to understand how to vote

  •  Set up in the classroom as a polling booth. Equipment required:
    • table
    • a ballot box
    • ballot papers
    • polling clerk
    • class list
    • ruler and a pen
    • a voting paper.
  • Use a digital camera to record the steps of the voting process, so that students can put the pictures into a flow chart. If the images are put onto the school intranet, they could be dragged into the students' own folders so that this activity can be completed digitally. The students write a sentence about each photo to record the steps in the voting procedure.

Help students achieve the same explicit learning outcomes with differentiated levels of support

Variation for extra support

Provide the following sentences to match with the photographs:

  • Many polling booths are set up at schools.
  • Voters give their name to the issuing officer.
  • The issuing officer finds the voter's name on the register of voters and puts a line through it.
  • The issuing officer gives the voter a voting paper.
  • The voter goes to one of the private voting booths.
  • The voter casts one vote for the political party the voter prefers and one vote for the candidate to represent the electorate.

Include opportunities for monitoring and self-evaluation


  • Ask students to complete the "end of the unit" column in the learning grid (Word 36KB) .
  • Use completed learning grids to inform further learning steps for individual students.

Published on: 09 Jan 2018