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 focuses on the continued booing of Adam Goodes during 2015. Students view clips from The Final Quarter and critically evaluate some of the diverse perspectives that were present in the media at the time. Students consider the different types of racism and unpack myths and subtleties of racism, linking these concepts back to the booing of Adam Goodes. Through a role-play, students develop a proposal for how the AFL might have resolved the booing.
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 there are different types of racism, and that all of them are harmful
- Students understand that racism isn’t always obvious to everyone, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have an impact
- Students understand that commercial media is powerful and is in a position to persuade vast numbers of people to believe in a particular perspective
- Students understand the responsibility of sports organisations, such as the AFL, to care for its players and make a stand against racism.
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)
- 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)
Syllabus outcomes: PDHPE5.1, PDHPE5.3, DHPE5.11, PDHPE5.13, PDHPE5.16
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)
- Device capable of presenting a video to the class
- Media Articles – 3-5 copies to distribute between groups
- UN General Assembly Article – three copies
- Soft football or other soft ball
- Student Worksheets – one copy per student
- Different Forms Of Racism (optional)
- Handling Sensitive Topics and Issues (optional)
- Racism Vocabulary (optional).
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.