Quick 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.
This lesson is focussed on exploring how racism feels from the receiving end and the importance of calling out racism. Students become aware that racism exists with a historical context and that what may not appear problematic on the surface can be very hurtful because of this history. Students look at how spectator booing affected Adam Goodes’ wellbeing and how different media personalities stood up for him. They also examine how racism against an individual can impact the wider community.
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.
- Students understand that racism exists within a historical context
- Students understand how racism negatively affects people’s identity, health and wellbeing
- Students understand how the broader community can be affected by racism towards one person
- Students understand how important it is for people to call out racism
- Students understand that different people view racist behaviours in different ways, but it is the experience of the recipient of racism that matters most.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 9 & 10 Health and Physical Education
- Evaluate factors that shape identities and critically analyse how individuals impact the identities of others (ACPPS089)
- Plan, rehearse and evaluate options (including CPR and first aid) for managing situations where their own or others’ health, safety and wellbeing may be at short or long term risk (ACPPS091)
- Investigate how empathy and ethical decision making contribute to respectful relationships (ACPPS093)
- Evaluate situations and propose appropriate emotional responses and then reflect on possible outcomes of different responses (ACPPS094)
- Critique behaviours and contextual factors that influence health and wellbeing of diverse communities (ACCPPS098)
Cross-curriculum priority: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History and Cultures (OI.6, OI.9)
Relevant parts of Year 9 & 10 achievement standards:
By the end of Year 10, students critically analyse contextual factors that influence identities, relationships, decisions and behaviours. They analyse the impact attitudes and beliefs about diversity have on community connection and wellbeing. They evaluate the outcomes of emotional responses to different situations. Students access, synthesise and apply health information from credible sources to propose and justify responses to health situations.
They apply decision-making and problem-solving skills when taking action to enhance their own and others’ health, safety and wellbeing.
Topic: Learning Through Film, Social Issues, Indigenous Education
This lesson is part of the wider unit of work The Final Quarter – Racism in Sport – Years 9 & 10.
Time required: 65 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: High – facilitate class discussion with sensitivity to students’ feelings and experience (in relation to racial discrimination)
- Butchers’ paper, markers, sticky notes
- Device capable of presenting a video to the class
- Handling Sensitive Topics and Issues (optional)
- Race Relations Factsheet – digital copy
- Racism Vocabulary (optional)
- Student Worksheets – one copy per student.
Keywords: health, safety, wellbeing, Indigenous, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, race, racism, bullying, resilience, cultural identity, sport, boundaries, Adam Goodes, The Final Quarter, documentary, AFL, media.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.