listen and take notes


Go to the following website which shows census data from Australia in 2011. Choose a state from the Location tool bar. Scroll down the page and take a look at the census data making notes (on what you find interesting) about each as you go:

You will be presenting your findings in class SO DO IT PROPERLY!!!
Also, think about what kind of survey question was asked as you will need to create a survey to collect the same data.
After you have found out the information, go to the following link:

Compare the Australian findings to your country (if your country doesn't appear then choose another)

watch the speech given by Michelle Obama at the National Democratic Convention

Take notes about the family values mentioned in her speech.

Be prepared to summarise the main points of the speech and explain the Democrat's position with regard to family values.

critical thinking:

Do you agree with the values presented? Why/Why not?

What is the purpose of this speech?

How effective is it?

What do you think the origins of these values are?

Think about how you would compare/contrast the values presented with family values in your culture.

FRIENDS – The One with Chandler in the Box

Watch this short clip from Friends on the following link:
The link shows the whole video but I want you to skip THE FIRST 14 MINUTES.

If you want, you can go back and watch the rest of the video AFTER you have answered the questions.

1. What is the purpose of the box?
2. Why is Ross cross (angry) with Rachel?
3. Why is Chandler in the box?
4. Ross describes Rachel as ‘completely devoid of……..’ what?
5. What does Chandler swear to do so that Joey will take him seriously?
6. What special day are they celebrating?
7. What does the girl who is talking to Chandler say? Why does she say it?
8. What happens in the end?
Would you forgive your best friend if they kissed your girlfriend/boyfriend?

Modern Family

Today we are going to take a look at different types of family. Below are some questions on a television series called Modern Family.
Modern Family is a comedy following the lives of 3 families who are all related to one another or, as the advertisement below states: 'One big (straight, gay, multi-cultural, traditional) happy family.' It is filmed in a mockumentary style and provides a satirical look at three different families and the trials they face in each of their own uniquely comedic ways.
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1. How long have Phil and Claire been married?
2. How long have Jay and Gloria been married?
3. Where is Gloria from?
4. What does Gloria say is the difference between her and Jay?
5. Mitchell and Cameron have been together for how long?
6. How did the originally plan to have a baby?
7. What things does Phil do that he claims makes him a ‘cool’ Dad?
8. What’s Luke’s punishment for shooting his sister?
9. What has one of Lily’s fathers painted above her cot?
10. What did Mitchell NOT do?
11. Why are Claire and Phil worried about their daughter?
12. How old is the girl Mani wants to date?
13. What does Claire do to check up on her daughter?
14. After saying Cameron is not dramatic, how does Cameron present the baby?

Pre tutorial discussion questions

Think about your answer to the question ‘What springs to mind when you hear the word family?’ Has your notion of family changed?
Did you find it funny? Why/why not?
Which family, out of the three, do you think is the most traditional?
Which do you think is the least traditional? Give reasons

Read this article on strategies for effective tutorials. Take notes.


We have looked at the concept of marriage this week within the subject of family.
Big Fat Gypsy Weddings Big Fat Gypsy Weddings is a British documentary series broadcast on Channel 4, looking at the world of gypsies and Irish Travellers in Britain today. First broadcast in February 2010 as a one-off called My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, and part of the Cutting Edge series, a series of 5 episodes was commissioned and began in January 2011.
In Britain there is a large community of travellers or gypsies, they are divided into two categories: Romany Gypsies and Irish Travellers. Both of these communities are notoriously secretive, adhering strictly to their own way of life.
Below are two clips from the documentary Big Fat Gypsy Weddings and I want you to answer the following:

1. Is there an incongruity between the way the girls dress and their expected behaviour? What does Thelma say about them being 'stuck in a time warp'? (she says it about 3 minutes and 40 seconds into the first clip)

2. How important are weddings in the gypsy culture? How is this importance emphasised?

3. What are the strict rules of gypsy 'courtship'? What is 'grabbing'?

4. How is the gypsy wedding dress code different?

5. How old are Josie and Swanley?

6. How long have they been together? When are they getting married?

7. Can they be alone together?

8. Where will they live when they're married?

9. How old were Josie and Swanley's mum when they began looking after children?

10. Josie says you're only going to be married once. Look on Google and see if it is acceptable to divorce in gypsy culture?

11. 'The more bleeds the better the dress' - what does Josie mean by this?

12. Cheyanne and Montana want a man with what characteristics?


Skip the first 4 minutes of this video

Skip from 7 minutes 30 seconds to 12 minutes


2. Follow up questions:
1. What else can you find out about Romany Gypsies and Irish Travellers?
2. How do they differ?
3. How has their culture changed between the past and present?
4. Is there a high rate of domestic violence?
5. Find 3 things which are socially unacceptable in the gypsy culture.
6. Do they have their own language?
7. Give 3 examples of gypsy traditions.
8. Why is bare knuckle fighting considered so important for the men in gypsy culture?

3. Choose a culture/time period
I want you to research a particular culture and its wedding customs (e.g marriage and wedding customs in Pakistan). It can be linked to your presentations from last week or be something entirely different. Take notes on any information you find and be ready to tell the class about what you learnt. It can also have a historical angle if you wish (e.g wedding customs in Ancient Rome)


1) How do they describe their kind of relationship within the polyamory terms? What is the main characteristic of this particular type of relationship?
2) What do they say is the key to their happiness?
3) How do you think Gail feels when she shows up for their first date?
4) In your opinion, how awkward would you say that conversation in the car was?
5) Why do you think Gail brought her ex-husband to the dinner party?
6) Would you say the men are as happy as they claim to be? What’s the relationship between them?

Gerome & his wife/Angel/Linda
7) How do the women organise themselves? What’s the bed arrangement like?
8) What do the little girls think of the whole situation? What do they think is going on?
9) Whose self-esteem is lowest: Gerome or the women’s?
10) Comment on: “I like having submissive women, it just makes it easier” (Gerome)
11) What’s “waiting for the scraps” mean?
12) 1-10, how insecure do you think Gerome is?

After watching the video:
13) Would you ever agree to be in a relationship like this? Would you allow someone close to you (son, sister, mother…) to be in this situation?
14) Which of the 2 cases do you believe to be more ideal?
15) Terisa stated that when the situation wasn’t going well in bed with her partners, they can all just go and look for it somewhere else. Would you say this is such a good idea?