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This website is created by Australian government – Department of Immigration and Citizenship to celebrate the Harmony Day. It contains with the information on Harmony Day, such as short summary of harmony day, harmony day fact sheets in different languages, funding, events, harmony heroes, images and resources for teachers and students.
Harmony day is a familiar celebration towards the students, especially for stage 3 students from their experiences of Harmony day as a school event. The intention of implementing this resource is to develop the students’ knowledge on Harmony day. The students can discover the histories of Harmony day through the website and the fact sheets (For students with another background can have both of English and their language fact sheets). Moreover, they can work in groups or pairs to identify what kind of celebrations are famous among the schools, what kind of celebrations have the school done for each year. Then students can design their own celebration for Harmony day. The aim of this lesson is ‘what is the purpose of celebrating Harmony day?’ to give message to students that Harmony day should not be focused on the celebration for enjoyment but celebration to show cultural respect for everyone.
To assess whether the students understood the focus of the lesson, it is recommended to continue the lesson by requesting the students to share their new design of celebration through a short presentation. However, time may not permit for the students to prepare for their presentation. In this case, group to group share and class share are suggested. If the students have understood Harmony day, they will present creative and appropriate celebration with the rationale of their purpose on the celebration.
Using this resource, the students can develop on identifying the different text types (formal information, question and answer, blog entry and so on) and speaking and listening skills through communications with peers. Furthermore, the students upgrade their statistics and data skills by viewing the fact sheets.
Lesson on Harmony day provides a message to everyone that all the variety of cultures in Australia is important. As Parks (2012) stated it fosters positive self-regard in one’s own culture and positive attitudes toward the culture of others. Students who may felt uneasy with their cultures may change optimistically and who may had feeling difficulties to other cultures will gain a motto of ‘respect others as they respect you’ from this lesson.
Reference: Parks, J,. (2012). The Importance of Teaching Multiculturalism & Diversity. Hatch: The Early learning Experts. Retrieved 17th April 2013:http://hatchearlylearning.com/teaching-multiculturalism-diversity/