Activity Introduction

PK Hero Image 10Quick summary: Paul Kelly – Stories of Me is a contemporary music documentary that allows students to explore popular culture, storytelling and how people are represented in texts. The film highlights different aspects of the Australian experience and showcases how art reflects and celebrates life. During this lesson, students will be immersed in and form a deep connection to its content by watching the entire film. It’s highly recommended that students watch the film as it was intended to be viewed by the director – from start to finish, without stopping. Students will personally engage with the film from a critical, aesthetic, emotional, cultural and creative perspective.

Teachers are required to create an account to view the film and use the supplied code to enable students to access the film. Plan subsequent lessons using the Paul Kelly – Stories of Me online unit resources.

Key points to explore:

  • The documentary film genre is a style of informative text.
  • A film can be entertaining, uplifting, challenging and inspiring.

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 9 English

  • Interpret, analyse and evaluate how different perspectives of issue, event, situation, individuals or groups are constructed to serve specific purposes in texts (ACELY1742)

Year 10 English

  • 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)

Year 11 English

Unit 1
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)
  • the use of imaginative, persuasive and interpretive techniques. (ACEEN010)

Unit 2
Analyse and evaluate how and why responses to texts vary through:

  • the impact of language and structural choices on shaping own and others’ perspectives (ACEEN028)

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, ICT Capability.

Topic: Social issues.

Unit of work: PAUL KELLY – STORIES OF ME 

Time required: 100 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate student discussion, coordinate student movement around classroom.

Resources required: 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). 

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities, using ICT to visualise thinking.

Keywords: representation, artist, text, documentary, filmmaker, director, Paul Kelly.

Acknowledgement: This resource has been adapted from ‘Paul Kelly: Portrait of an Artist’ written by Eva Gold, Mel Dixon, Ann Small, Bradley Merrick, with Appendix from Victorian teachers by Monika Wagner.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

PK Hero Image 7Teacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students will appreciate the film Paul Kelly -Stories of Me as a text that can entertain and inform.

Teacher content information: This lesson is based on the film Paul Kelly - Stories of Me, which charts the many lives, loves and losses of Paul Kelly, one of Australia’s most gifted singer-songwriters. His songs have been marking out the Australian landscape and its people through words and music for almost 40 years. The stories and the music of Paul Kelly explore and reflect the Australian experience, life and culture.

The film is a contemporary music documentary that allows students to explore popular culture, storytelling and how people are represented in texts. It highlights different aspects of the Australian experience and showcases how art reflects and celebrates life. The film's portrayal of Kelly's life and music covers themes such as relationships, family, culture, love, identity, death and friendship. Throughout the unit, all

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Student Worksheet

Thought Starter: Who is Paul Kelly?

Paul Kelly - Stories of Me: Did you love it, like it, dislike it, hate it?

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Describe your initial reaction to the film and why you feel that way: 

Describe your favourite part of the film:

Describe your least favourite part of the film:

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