Quick 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
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
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)
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.