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 move from activating their existing understanding of power to gaining a deeper and more nuanced understanding of what power can look, sound and feel like. Students access written and audio-visual resources to build their knowledge and support their analysis. Then students analyse how different individuals project power. Students develop their own criteria to determine who is the more powerful of two prominent Australian figures.
- different types of power
- sources of and barriers to power for individuals
- how speakers construct themselves, or are constructed, as powerful
- how powerful individuals are.
- identify different types of power and examples of these
- explain how differing signs or symbols convey power or a lack of power
- compare and contrast the power of differing individuals.
Lesson guides and printables
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 9 English:
- Explore and reflect on personal understanding of the world and significant human experience gained from interpreting various representations of life matters in texts (ACELT1635)
Syllabus outcomes: EN5-7D
General capabilities: Literacy, Personal and Social Capability, Ethical Understanding
Cross-curriculum priority: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures (OI.6, OI,9)
Relevant parts of Year 9 achievement standards: They evaluate and integrate ideas and information from texts to form their own interpretations. They select evidence from texts to analyse and explain how language choices and conventions are used to influence an audience. They listen for ways texts position an audience.
This lesson is part of the wider unit of work: The Final Quarter – Mechanisms Of Power – English – Year 9
Time required: 80 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion.
This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:
- Ethical understanding
- Global citizenship
- Social skills
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.