ActUp links Social Sciences curriculum to everyday life and social experiences

Social issues are all around us everyday. ActUp modules are a fun and effective teaching resource that link classroom to everyday situations.  Quick and easy for teachers to use. Fun and interactive for students. Have your classroom come alive with drama and discussion. Encourage your stduents to discuss social issues. Just download, photocopy, distribute and start your class. Guide your students as they act out the script, answer topic questions and complete topic extension exercises.

SSt1 Rights And Responsibilities, Rules And Laws  
SSt2 Responding To Challenge And Crisis 
SSt3 Cultural Diversity And Movement
SSt4 Keeping Our Culture And Heritage

SSt5 People Interacting With The Environment
SSt6 Learning About Other Places
SSt7 Changing The Lives Of Others 
SSt8 Different Experiences For Different People 

SSt9 The Value Of Resources
SSt10 Consumer Rights 
SSt11 Motivating Reasons To Elect Student Representatives
SSt12 Choosing A Political System To Elect Student Representatives
SSt13 Redundancy Forces Family To Leave School And Community
SSt14 Significance Of Particular Places And Environments For People
SSt15 Factors That Influence People's Access To Resources, Goods And Services
SSt16 How Is Leadership Of Groups Acquired And Exercised?
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SSt1 Rights And Responsibilities, Rules And Laws (Social Organisation / Natural and Social Systems) 
Rules and laws are essential if society is to run in an orderly manner. ActUp's first social studies play discusses the rights and responsibilities local skateboarders have, and how they can stay within the law while still exercising their rights.

SSt2 Responding To Challenge And Crisis (Social Organisation / Natural and Social Systems) 
People respond differently to challenges and crisis. This play looks at the effects sudden redundancy has on a family and how they cope. For some people, adversity often has positive consequences later.

SSt3 Cultural Diversity And Movement (Culture And Heritage / Culture) 
We all learn from interacting with other cultures. ActUp's third play based in a food hall illustrates the diversity and choice cultural movement brings to society. The wide variety of food available in our country is just one of the examples of cultural movement.

SSt4 Keeping Our Culture And Heritage (Culture And Heritage / Culture) 
Tradition and heritage are important values for many people. Just how important they are is illustrated in this play by way of a description of an annual family celebration and the efforts that are made to hold the annual celebration and to record their family history.
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SSt5 People Interacting With The Environment (Place And Environment / Place and Space) 
Students can gain an understanding of history by studying man's past interactions with the environment. ActUp's fifth play uses a museum curator and other museum voices to explain some of these past interactions and the effect they have had on the environment.
  

SSt6 Learning About Other Places (Place And Environment / Place and Space) 
How do we find out about other places and the environment? One way is to go and live there. In this play, friends at school discuss a pending exchange trip one of them is about to undertake. This leads to more discussion about how people find out about other places.

SSt7 Changing The Lives Of Others (Time, Continuity And Change / Time and Change) Often the actions of others, positive or negative, have a lasting effect on society. This ActUp play looks at how one individual's actions had such a lasting effect on another individual's.  

SSt8 Different Experiences For Different People (Time, Continuity And Change / Time and Change) 
In ActUp's eighth play, students discuss the funeral of a close friend and the different memories they have of her. The funeral is used to illustrate how events can affect people differently.
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SSt9 The Value Of Resources (Resources And Economic Activities / Resources) 
Resources can be used and viewed quite differently from individual to individual. This play uses the resource of land to illustrate how differently people can react to a resource and its importance.
  

SSt10 Consumer Rights (Resources And Economic Activities / Resources) 
Consumer rights are protected by law these days. The tenth ActUp play uses a faulty personal CD player as the basis of a discussion about what kind of rights are protected and how consumers can exercise their rights if they need to.

SSt11 Motivating reasons to elect student representatives (Social Organisation / Natural and Social Systems) 
Many reasons exist to explain how and why people seek to gain and maintain social justice and human rights. This play uses the issue of suspension of a friend for the colour of their hair as a motivating issue to seek change and discuss alternatives.

SSt12 Choosing a political system to elect student representatives (Social Organisation / Natural and Social Systems) 
Throughout the world there are many different systems of government which affect people's lives. This play introduces issues surrounding the choosing of a system for electing student representatives onto their local club committee.
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SSt13 Redundancy Forces Family To Leave School And Community (Place And Environment / Place and Space) 
People regularly move between places with consequences for the people and community left behind. This play focuses on the effects of reundancy for the people involved, their friends and the community. 
 

SSt14 Significance Of Particular Places And Environments For People (Place And Environment / Place and Space) 
Particular places and environments are significant to people for many differing reasons. This play uses the potential sale of a piece of land to introduce people's differing attitudes and view points.
 
SSt15: Factors That Influence People's Access To Resources, Goods And Services (Resources And Economic Activities / Resources) 
Many differing factors influence people's access to resources, goods and services. This play looks at different reasons preventing some within a group of friends from attending an international sports game.

SSt16 How Is Leadership Of Groups Acquired And Exercised? (Social Organisation / Natural and Social Systems) 
Students perform characters who are discussing potential candidates and their leadership styles in the school election.
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