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Photo discussion

Student activities

Task no. 1

Watch your step. Safety first.

Notes for teachers 

Teaching strategies for photo discussion 

You might like to discuss the student questions in the following tasks as a class.  

Alternatively, they could be completed as homework prior to discussion.  

Students could also discuss the questions in small groups and then report back to the class. Allocate roles such as timekeeper, note taker, presenter and facilitator. The facilitator might read the questions aloud to the small group. 

 

Look carefully at the photograph below. Answer the following questions:

  • Identify the purpose of this float.
  • What is the road safety message presented to the public in this float?
  • Who is the main audience for this road safety message?
  • Explain the type of road safety behaviour that this float is trying to encourage. What do the organisers want people to do?
  • The monkey in this photograph is walking on stilts. Explain the relationship between the stilts and the road safety message on the sign the monkey is wearing. 
  • What features of this float will help it to achieve its purpose? 
Monkey on stilts for National Road Safety Week procession, Martin Place, 7/11/1936
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Task no. 2

Mothers and Others, Try Safety First

Look carefully at the photograph below. Answer the following questions:

  • Identify the purpose of the float.
  • What is the road safety message presented to the public in this float?
  • Who is the main audience for this road safety message?
  • Explain the type of road safety behaviour that this float is trying to encourage. What do the organisers want people to do?
  • The monkey in this photograph is pushing a toy pram. Explain the relationship between the toy pram and the road safety message in the sign the monkey is wearing.
  • What features of this float will help it to achieve its purpose?
Safety Week procession; Martin Place, 7/11/1936
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Task no. 3

Think again

Look at the photographs below, again. Answer the following questions: 

  • Where do you think the organisers of the procession sourced the monkeys? Where do the monkeys usually live? Give reasons to support your opinion.
  • Explain why you think the keeper might be holding a stick.
  • Do you think it would be acceptable to include this type of float in a promotion for Road Safety Week today? Give reasons to support your opinion.
Monkey on stilts for National Road Safety Week procession, Martin Place, 7/11/1936
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Safety Week procession; Martin Place, 7/11/1936
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