In this lesson students will experiment with planning their own archival documentary about something they feel is an important message to give to an audience. Students will research some of the available footage about this issue and pitch their idea for an archival documentary using a discussion protocol.
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 how important societal issues can be addressed through documentary filmmaking.
- Students understand how to construct a project plan for a documentary film.
- Students understand the processes and procedures of working with archival footage and related copyright considerations.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Years 9 & 10 Media Arts:
Experiment with ideas and stories that manipulate media conventions and genres to construct new and alternative points of view through images, sounds and text (ACAMAM073)
Develop and refine media production skills to integrate and shape the technical and symbolic elements in images, sounds and text for a specific purpose, meaning and style (ACAMAM075)
Produce and distribute media artworks for a range of community and institutional contexts and consider social, ethical and regulatory issues (ACAMAM077)
Syllabus outcomes: PDM5.1, PDM5.2, PDM5.4
Relevant parts of Years 9 & 10 achievement standards: Students produce representations that communicate alternative points of view in media artworks for different community and institutional contexts. They manipulate genre and media conventions and integrate and shape the technical and symbolic elements for specific purposes, meaning and style. They collaboratively apply design, production and distribution processes.
Topic: Learning Through Film, Social Issues, Creative Thinking
This lesson is part of the wider unit of work: The Final Quarter – Assembling Archival Footage – Media Arts – Years 9 & 10
Time required: 100 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – teachers will encourage individual work on an archival documentary plan and then facilitate a large group activity.
- Device with internet capability
- My Archival Documentary Pitch Sheet – one copy per student
- Student Worksheet – one copy per student.
Keywords: film, documentary, media, The Final Quarter, archival, footage, conventions, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, AFL, footy, football, editing, copyright, message, plan, planning, homework, research.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.