Marking Guideline


Teacher's Guide


Before you can start your group work, you need to research child labour and begin to understand the situation many children find themselves in throughout the world.



Child labour is not a choice, child labourers need to work to help their families survive. Families in this position need lots of help and support to change their situation.


AIYIT: The Costof Life is a simulation game based on real life situations. Play the game to gain an understanding of the challenges faced by people living in poverty.




NOTE: Before starting your research, refresh your memory on how to evaluate a webpage from your Computer Tech workbook. It is important to consider the following questions when researching information on the web.

  1. Who wrote it?
  2. Who is publishing it?
  3. Is there an opinion presented?
  4. How old is the website?

The best place to start your research is at the Born To Be Free website. The Child Labour Handbook has lots of interesting information. All groups will find relevant information on this website for their group task.

UNICEF and World Vision are organisations dedicated to improving the lives of all children and raising awareness of important issues effecting children around the world. There websites contain lots of information on child labour.


UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, What Rights? flyer explains the rights of children. Read it and think about your rights in Australia. Do you receive all these rights?


Read the information on the following websites and take notes in your workbook.

Pay attention there is a quiz coming up!!


Explore the Born to be Free website. Take a close look at the Online Expert Handbook.



Complete the child labour quiz. Record your results in your workbook.




Working in your assigned groups, complete the following tasks. Each group will present their final products to the class.








Group 1 – Fair Trade & Child Advocate


Many everyday products are produced using child labour, it is your task to inform the local community, using a PowerPoint Presentation, about some of these products and the issues regarding child labour.


Things to remember:


  1. Your PowerPoint presentation is not just about making slides it is also an oral presentation. Your slides should complement your oral presentation.
  2. Each student is to contribute to the oral presentation.
  3. Consider carefully your target audience and what information you want to provide them.
  4. Clearly connect what you are saying with what is on the screen.
  5. Have a smooth transition of information from one slide to the next.


PowerPoint in the Classroom will provide you with hints and tips on creating a dynamic presentation explore the site and increase the impact of your presentation.



Watch  What's Behind the Label on the Don’t Trade Lives website


Research industries throughout the world that still use child labour. Inform your audience what products to support and avoid.


Here are a few websites to get you started:




Group 2 – Radio Drama Script Writer


Radio reaches a diverse audience and for this reason, your boss asked you to write a radio drama script. A radio drama tells a story. Dialogue, music and sound effects are used to convey a story to listeners. Your radio drama should focus on the long and short-term effects of child labour, particularly health and education issues.  


Each member of the group is to take on the role of a character and contribute the dialogue for that character. Collaborate as a group on the main message of the radio drama and the direction it will take.



Things to remember:

  1. A radio drama tells a story it should have;
    • Characters listeners identify with
    • a plot with conflict
    • a resolution
  2. We cannot see the characters so dialogue is very important. Dialogue expresses emotions e.g. happiness and anger
  3. Include sound effects to further communicate what is happening



                        Fred Smith: Who is it?


  1. Time Allowed – 7 minutes

Read your script aloud including your sound effects to make sure it does not go over the time allowed.



Websites to explore:


Watch the International Labour Office’s,  Education the right response to child labour video. This site may take a few minutes to load, be patient it is worth the wait.


Before you start writing your script, have a look at A Catalog of Live Sound Effects.



 Group 3 – The Artist


You are to design and create a painting highlighting the types of child labour for a competition being run by your local art gallery. Include with your painting a 200 word typed explanation of your design, the story it tells and the inspiration behind it.

Your painting can tell one story or many. Be creative! Have a look at the United Nations Gallery; it has examples of artwork done by children from all over the world.




Ø      3m x 2m canvas

Ø      Water based paints


Before you start, designing and painting continue with your research, you need a deep knowledge of the topic before you can start to depict it in colour.


Watch The International Labour Office’s Video on Child Labour


Group 4 – Song Writer


You are a talented songwriter and you are inspired about real world issues. Recently you have begun to learn about the problem of child labour in the world and decide to write a song about the personal experiences of children trapped by child labour.


Your song should have:

  •  a minimum of four verses
  • a chorus that encourages people to pay more attention and actively support the elimination of child labour


Create a photo story using Microsoft PowerPoint to accompany your song when it is performed.  PowerPoint in the Classroom will provide you with hints and tips on creating your photo story.       


You need to continue with your research, specifically looking at the personal stories of children affected. The Born to be Free site is the best place to start then have a look at these.


Before writing, brainstorm as a group what your song’s genre will be, identify your target audience and the messages you want your song to send to listeners. Have a look at How To Write A Song and then your ready to start writing.

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