Students examine the relationship between story and storyteller through the exploration of the documentary Paul Kelly – Stories of Me. Students choose a Paul Kelly song, and explore how it connects to his life. They consider three different perspectives on the relationship between the story and the storyteller. They then plan, draft and publish a report exploring different points of view around the question, “Exactly whose story does Paul Kelly tell?”
This lesson uses sections of Shark Island Production’s Paul Kelly – Stories of Me as learning stimuli. Teachers are required to create an account to view the film and use the supplied code to enable students to access the film.
Key points to explore:
- Events in a musician’s life can have an influence over their songs.
- Storytelling is representational in nature.
Lesson guides and printables
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 9 English:
- Understand that authors innovate with text structures and language for specific purposes and effects (ACELA1553)
- Explain how authors creatively use the structures of sentences and clauses for particular effects (ACELA1557)
- Identify how vocabulary choices contribute to specificity, abstraction and stylistic effectiveness (ACELA1561)
- Create literary texts, including hybrid texts, that innovate on aspects of other texts, for example by using parody,allusion and appropriation (ACELT1773)
- Use interaction skills to present and discuss an idea and to influence and engage an audience by selecting persuasive language, varying voice tone, pitch, and pace, and using elements such as music and sound effects (ACELY1811)
- Interpret, analyse and evaluate how different perspectives of issue, event, situation, individuals or groups are constructed to serve specific purposes in texts (ACELY1742)
- Review and edit students’ own and others’ texts to improve clarity and control over content, organisation, paragraphing, sentence structure, vocabulary and audio/visual features (ACELY1747)
Year 10 English:
- Understand that people’s evaluations of texts are influenced by their value systems, the context and the purpose and mode of communication (ACELA1565)
- Reflect on, extend, endorse or refute others’ interpretations of and responses to literature (ACELT1640)
- Analyse and explain how text structures, language features and visual features of texts and the context in which texts are experienced may influence audience response (ACELT1641)
- Analyse and evaluate how people, cultures, places, events, objects and concepts are represented in texts, including media texts, through language, structural and/or visual choices (ACELY1749)
- Identify and analyse implicit or explicit values, beliefs and assumptions in texts and how these are influenced by purposes and likely audiences (ACELY1752)
- Create sustained texts, including texts that combine specific digital or media content, for imaginative, informative, or persuasive purposes that reflect upon challenging and complex issues (ACELY1756)
- Review, edit and refine students’ own and others’ texts for control of content, organisation, sentence structure, vocabulary, and/or visual features to achieve particular purposes and effects (ACELY1757)
Year 11 English:
Investigate the relationships between language, context and meaning by:
- explaining how texts are created in and for different contexts (ACEEN001)
Examine similarities and differences between imaginative, persuasive and interpretive texts including:
- evaluating the impact of description and imagery, including figurative language, and still and moving images in digital and multimodal texts. (ACEEN007)
Analyse and evaluate how responses to texts, including students’ own responses, are influenced by:
- purpose, taking into account that a text’s purpose is often open to debate (ACEEN008)
Create a range of texts:
- using appropriate form, content, style and tone for different purposes and audiences in real and imagined contexts (ACEEN011)
- using evidence-based argument (ACEEN014)
- using strategies for planning, drafting, editing and proofreading (ACEEN016)
- using accurate spelling, punctuation, syntax and metalanguage. (ACEEN017)
Investigate the representation of ideas, attitudes and voices in texts including:
- analysing the ways language features, text structures and stylistic choices shape points of view and influence audiences (ACEEN024)
- analysing how attitude and mood are created, for example, through the use of humour in satire and parody. (ACEEN027)
Analyse and evaluate how and why responses to texts vary through:
- the ways ideas, attitudes and voices are represented, for example, how events are reported differently in the media (ACEEN029)
Create a range of texts:
- using imaginative, interpretive and persuasive elements for different purposes, contexts and audiences (ACEEN032)
- selecting and applying appropriate textual evidence to support arguments (ACEEN035)
- using strategies for planning, drafting, editing and proofreading (ACEEN036)
- using accurate spelling, punctuation, syntax and metalanguage. (ACEEN037)
General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability, ICT Capability.
Topic: Social issues.
Unit of work: PAUL KELLY – STORIES OF ME
Time required: 120 minutes (or 2 x 60 minutes)
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate student discussion, coordinate student movement around classroom.
- Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet
- Device capable of presenting a website to the class
- Copy of Paul Kelly – Stories of Me (teachers are required to create an account to view and invite students to view the film)
- Interviewee quote print-outs: John Kingsmill, Deborah Conway, Archie Roach.
This lesson uses sections of Shark Island Production’s Paul Kelly – Stories of Me as learning stimuli. Teachers are required to create an account on the film’s website to view the film. Upon registration you will be given a code – give this to your students so that they can access the film too.