Monday, October 22, 2012

Why do we have a Labour Day holiday in NZ?

Samuel Parnell

New Zealand celebrated Labour Day 22 October - and schools were closed.
What do your students know about Labour Day?
 Researching the topic would make an interesting 'mini study'.
 Ideal literacy tasks could be negotiated with your class to research.
After the study check to see how their ideas have changed?/
What conditions did working men have before Labour Day was legislated?
 What did the legislation establish?
Why did working people need unions?
Do they celebrate Labour Day in other countries?
Older students mike like to research the role of unions in assisting the working classes and why they are seen ambivalently by so many today.


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