The Final Quarter - Artistic Influence

The Final Quarter - Artistic Influence

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  • Secondary
  • Year 9 - 10
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Civics and Citizenship
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
  • Social
  • Equality
  • Human Rights
  • Indigenous Education
  • Social Action
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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 explore how different social structures influence their understanding of social issues. In groups, they will brainstorm ways in which people receive information and messages about social issues and reflect on how effective these methods are. Students will watch the trailer for the documentary The Final Quarter and explore the purpose and intended impact of the film. They will then investigate how effective the film has been in changing racist attitudes and behaviours using a range of sources. Students will be given an opportunity to workshop ideas to develop that could be effective in challenging racist attitudes and behaviours in Australia through the Arts. They will finish the lesson by reflecting on the influences that impact their understanding of social issues.

Learning intentions:

Students understand...

  • there are a range of ways in which people learn and receive messages about social issues
  • that feature films can be an effective tool to challenge and change attitudes and behaviour
  • that The Final Quarter provoked different reactions and perspectives on racism in Australia
  • the importance of challenging racist attitudes and behaviours to create social change.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • identify ways in which messages and points of view are shared about social issues
  • explain how a feature film can share a social message and change attitudes and behaviours
  • analyse different perspectives and points of view
  • ideate in pairs and small groups to create possible social actions
  • reflect on parts of society that influence their understanding of social issues.

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Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions: 

Year 9 Civics & Citizenship:

  • How and why individuals and groups, including religious groups, participate in and contribute to civic life (ACHCK079)
  • The influence of a range of media, including social media, in shaping identities and attitudes to diversity (ACHCK080)
  • Account for different interpretations and points of view (ACHCS085)
  • Recognise and consider multiple perspectives and ambiguities, and use strategies to negotiate and resolve contentious issues (ACHCS086)

Syllabus outcomes: AS5.9

General capabilities: Literacy, Personal and Social Capability, Ethical Understanding, Intercultural Understanding

Cross-curriculum priority: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures

Relevant parts of Year 9 achievement standards: Students analyse a range of factors that influence identities and attitudes to diversity. They reflect on how groups participate and contribute to civic life. They compare and account for different interpretations and points of view on civics and citizenship issues

This lesson is part of the wider unit of workThe Final Quarter – Media And Influence – Civ & Cit – Year 9

Time required: 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion and promote collaborative group work.

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Skills

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

  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Cultural understanding
  • Empathy
  • Ethical understanding
  • Social skills

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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