Lesson 1 of 12 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 9 - 12
  • English
  • The Arts
  • Music
  • Social
  • Equality
  • Social Action
  • ...

Lesson summary

This resource has been written to address the content descriptors of the Australian Curriculum: English and Music. Learning activities in this resource are suitable for use across years 9 & 10, and have also been mapped to Units 1 & 2 of the Senior English curriculum. The lessons incorporate the film Paul Kelly – Stories of Me, as well as a number of other real-world articles and pictures as learning stimulus. The learning activities encourage student participation through movement, group and pair work, visible thinking tools and use of ICT for investigation and demonstration of thinking and learning all through which students are supported to create artefacts for the purpose of formative and summative assessment.

Students are required to engage in meaningful reflection at the conclusion of each lesson, and are encouraged to continue their thinking and scrutiny around the topics addressed throughout the lessons. Each of the lessons feature a suggestion for the extension of student learning as well as ideas for providing learning support. The investigation and learning completed throughout the unit is applied to student’s local context through a scaffolded student-led social action project, wherein students choose an issue to raise awareness around: how they will take action and the manner in which they will present their learning for exhibition to a real audience.

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Resources required

  • Student Worksheet – one copy per student
  • Computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. 
  • Device capable of presenting websites/videos to the class. 
  • Access to Paul Kelly – Stories of Me.

Additional info

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.

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