Unit 4 - On Behalf of the Nation
Activity - National Capitals Worldwide
SETTING THE SCENE
Canberra is a planned city and a conscious creation of an emerging nation. The Australian people have sought to build a National Capital of which they are proud, a beautiful city, a capital which represents our unity as a people and stands proudly in the ranks of National Capitals throughout the world. National Capitals are a symbol of unity for all citizens, a seat of government and a place where the buildings and institutions symbolic of the values of the nation are to be found.
Students research an international country's National Capital by answering key questions.
- follow instructions and successfully undertake a research project
- gain knowledge through individual research on the role of Australia's National Capital
- gain knowledge through individual research on National Capitals around the world
- engage in group discussion
NATIONAL CAPITAL EXHIBITION LINK
Exhibit title - What is a National Capital?
Location - On Behalf of the Nation, section 4
Exhibit title - The Parliament of Australia
Location - On Behalf of the Nation, section 8
This activity relates to the important symbolic and administrative roles a National Capital plays (refer to map supplied in National Capital Exhibition Interpretation Guide).
- student activity sheet
- Brainstorm with students the role of a National Capital for all Australians and discuss the purpose of iconic buildings, such as Parliament House, War Memorial etc.
- Hand out the student activity sheet and discuss the provided list of countries and their National Capitals (refer to activity sheet) with students
- Australia - Canberra
- United States of America - Washington, DC
- Canada - Ottawa
- France - Paris
- Brazil - Brasilia
- Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur
- Germany - Berlin
- New Zealand - Wellington
- India - New Delhi
- United Kingdom - London
- People's Republic of China - Beijing
- Republic of Ireland - Dublin
- Russian Federation - Moscow
- Can you think of a country? Can you think of a capital city?
- Discuss key questions (refer to activity sheet) with students
Key questions include:
- When was the National Capital created?
- Why was the National Capital created?
- Who were the people that played a vital role in creating their National Capital?
- Find photos or draw pictures of well-known buildings in the National Capital.
- Find a recipe that you think represents the National Capital's country.
- List five words that you think represent the National Capital's country.
- Allow time for research.
- On conclusion of the activity, time should be allowed for students to discuss the results of their research to compare National Capitals from an historical and cultural perspective.