Drawn Together Digital Workshop
Are you looking for an introduction to examining visual media? Do you need an interactive lesson to complement your teaching on Federation? Are your students interested in cartoons, and ready to engage their critical thinking caps?
Hook your students into exploring Federation and contemporary issues through cartooning!
In this digital workshop, your students will discuss the techniques used by cartoonists, practice their visual analysis skills and learn about the role of political cartoons as an example of media in our democracy.
Political cartoons are an accessible way for students of all ages to develop their critical thinking and medial literacy skills. We have selected a range of accessible cartoons from our current Behind the Lines exhibition, as well as exclusive content from one of Australia’s leading cartoonists.
Your students will become cartoonists and create a collaborative drawing with the MoAD Learning team, while also developing their media literacy and critical thinking skills. They will design their own cartoon to investigate how they can have a say on issues that are important to them.
This 50 minute program is suitable for students in classrooms and distance education settings, especially from Year 5 to Year 9.
- develops civic literacy by visiting special places in the building
- explores the role of the media in our democracy
- builds media literacy skills by examining current political cartoons for techniques and meaning
- develops visual analysis and media literacy skills using contemporary cartoons and exclusive content
- facilitates rich discussion around leadership and ways to make positive change
- uses collaborative construction to develop media creation skills
- involves students in interactive and engaging learning activities
- explores students’ rights and responsibilities in our democracy
A post-visit resource pack is provided after your digital workshop.
What technology is needed?
We use Zoom to connect. In the classroom all you need is a device connected to an interactive whiteboard or smart TV. We can also accommodate multi-point connections if your class is learning at home.
This program is free.
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To book your next digital excursion with MoAD, follow the link below.Make a digital program booking request
For Digital programs, you may also email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (02) 6270 8282. We may also be able to work with you to tailor a program specific to the needs of your group.
*Australian Curriculum V8.3 – Curriculum Learning Areas
- The key values that underpin Australia’s democracy (ACHASSK115)
- How people with shared beliefs and values work together to achieve a civic goal (ACHASSK118)
- Key figures, events and ideas that led to Australia’s Federation and Constitution (ACHASSK134)
- Experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, migrants, women and children (ACHASSK135)
- The key institutions of Australia’s democratic system of government and how it is based on the Westminster system (ACHASSK143)
- The responsibilities of electors and representatives in Australia’s democracy (ACHASSK145)
- The roles and responsibilities of Australia’s three levels of government (ACHASSK144)
- The shared values of Australian citizenship and the formal rights and responsibilities of Australian citizens (ACHASSK147)
- The obligations citizens may consider they have beyond their own national borders as active and informed global citizens (ACHASSK148)
Civics and citizenship
- Strategies used to enhance the liveability of places, especially for young people, including examples from Australia and Europe (ACHASSK192)
- The key features of government under the Australian Constitution with a focus on: the separation of powers, the roles of the Executive, the Houses of Parliament, and the division of powers (ACHCK048)
- The freedoms that enable active participation in Australia’s democracy within the bounds of law, including freedom of speech, association, assembly, religion and movement (ACHCK061)
- How citizens can participate in Australia’s democracy, including use of the electoral system, contact with their elected representatives, use of lobby groups, and direct action (ACHCK062)
- How citizens’ political choices are shaped, including the influence of the media (ACHCK076)
- The influence of a range of media, including social media, in shaping identities and attitudes to diversity (ACHCK080)
- How and why individuals and groups, including religious groups, participate in and contribute to civic life (ACHCK079)
- Key people, events and ideas in the development of Australian self-government and democracy, including, the role of founders, key features of constitutional development, the importance of British and Western influences in the formation of Australia’s system of government and women's voting rights (ACDSEH091)
- Use metalanguage to describe the effects of ideas, text structures and language features on particular audiences (ACELT1795)
- Analyse how text structures and language features work together to meet the purpose of a text (ACELY1711)
- Select, navigate and read texts for a range of purposes, applying appropriate text processing strategies and interpreting structural features, for example table of contents, glossary, chapters, headings and subheadings (ACELY1712)
- Use comprehension strategies to interpret and analyse information and ideas, comparing content from a variety of textual sources including media and digital texts (ACELY1713)
- Analyse strategies authors use to influence readers (ACELY1801)
- Analyse and explain the ways text structures and language features shape meaning and vary according to audience and purpose (ACELY1765)
- Use prior knowledge and text processing strategies to interpret a range of types of texts (ACELY1719)
- Use comprehension strategies to interpret, analyse and synthesise ideas and information, critiquing ideas and issues from a variety of textual sources (ACELY1804)
- Compare the text structures and language features of multimodal texts, explaining how they combine to influence audiences (ACELY1720)
- Use comprehension strategies to interpret and evaluate texts by reflecting on the validity of content and the credibility of sources, including finding evidence in the text for the author’s point of view (ACELY1734)
- Explore and explain the ways authors combine different modes and media in creating texts, and the impact of these choices on the viewer/listener (ACELY1735)
- Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that raise issues, report events and advance opinions, using deliberate language and textual choices, and including digital elements as appropriate (ACELY1736)
- Analyse how the construction and interpretation of texts, including media texts, can be influenced by cultural perspectives and other texts (ACELY1739)
- Interpret, analyse and evaluate how different perspectives of issue, event, situation, individuals or groups are constructed to serve specific purposes in texts (ACELY1742)
- Use comprehension strategies to interpret and analyse texts, comparing and evaluating representations of an event, issue, situation or character in different texts (ACELY1744)
- Explore and explain the combinations of language and visual choices that authors make to present information, opinions and perspectives in different texts (ACELY1745)
- Evaluate the impact on audiences of different choices in the representation of still and moving images (ACELA1572)
- Analyse and explain how text structures, language features and visual features of texts and the context in which texts are experienced may influence audience response (ACELT1641)
- Evaluate the social, moral and ethical positions represented in texts (ACELT1812)
Years 5 and 6
- Plan, produce and present media artworks for specific audiences and purposes using responsible media practice (ACAMAM064)
Years 7 and 8
- Present media artworks for different community and institutional contexts with consideration of ethical and regulatory issues (ACAMAM070)
Years 9 and 10
- Produce and distribute media artworks for a range of community and institutional contexts and consider social, ethical and regulatory issues (ACAMAM077)