The Final Quarter - A Closer Look

The Final Quarter - A Closer Look

Lesson 1 of 3 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 9 - 10
  • English
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
  • The Arts
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  • Equality
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Lesson summary

Retired AFL star Adam Goodes is known to many for his resilient journey in the face of detrimental treatment by AFL spectators and the media beginning in 2013.

In this lesson students will learn about archival documentary filmmaking conventions and apply their analytical skills to scenes from The Final Quarter. Students explore the way mood and message is created for the audience by the editor and director. Students will gain an appreciation of the work of Shark Island Productions and the power of archival documentary to communicate public messages of importance.

Learning intentions:

Students understand...

  • how technical and symbolic codes are used by the director of The Final Quarter to create powerful meaning for the audience.
  • understand the definition of archival documentary and the process of selection and omission to construct meaning for the audience.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • identify different documentary making techniques
  • consider the various ways mood and meaning are created in archival documentaries
  • write an analysis based on the conventions of archival documentaries.

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Curriculum mapping

Australian curriculum content descriptions: 

Years 9 & 10 Media Arts:

  • Evaluate how technical and symbolic elements are manipulated in media artworks to create and challenge representations framed by media conventions, social beliefs and values for a range of audiences (ACAMAR078)
  • Analyse a range of media artworks from contemporary and past times to explore differing viewpoints and enrich their media arts making, starting with Australian media artworks, including media artworks of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, and international media artworks (ACAMAR079)

Syllabus outcomes: PDM5.8, PDM5.9

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking

Cross-curriculum priority: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures (OI.9)

Relevant parts of Years 9 & 10 achievement standards: By the end of Year 10, students analyse how social and cultural values and alternative points of view are portrayed in media artworks they make, interact with and distribute. They evaluate how genre and media conventions and technical and symbolic elements are manipulated to make representations and meaning. They evaluate how social, institutional and ethical issues influence the making and use of media artworks.

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work: The Final Quarter – Assembling Archival Footage – Media Arts – Years 9 & 10

Time required: 100 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – introduce new concepts and facilitate discussions and activities

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This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity

Additional info

Using only archival footage aired at the time, The Final Quarter holds a mirror to Australia and is an opportunity to reconsider what happened on and off the football field. Learn more about the film here.
We highly recommend that students view the film in its entirety before participating in subsequent lessons.

Our Watching the Film lessons are designed to support you in facilitating this process. Given the content, it is also important for teachers to communicate with parents and guardians of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students before playing the film and/or engaging with the teaching and learning resources. 

Note: This film may not be suitable for viewing by all young people. Teachers are advised to use their discretion when deciding whether to show this film. If teaching in a context with a high proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, it is imperative that guidance is sought from the Principal and Aboriginal Education Officer (or equivalent) prior to screening the film.

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