Activity 3: Parent Problems
Year Level: Years 6/7 – 8/9
Description: This sequence of learning experiences draws upon Mortified, Episode 22: Divorce Camp and Lockie Leonard, Episode 20: The Clock's Tickin', and focuses on how teenagers react when their parents have problems and how their friends support them in times of crisis.
In Mortified, just before she goes on school camp, Taylor's parents have an argument and Taylor wrongly thinks that they intend getting a divorce. Taylor gets lost on camp and Hector, Brittany and Leon join her before they are all found and Taylor realises that her parents are very happy together.
In Lockie Leonard, Egg's parents decide to separate and tell Egg that he can decide with which parent he will live. Egg tells Lockie on school camp which forces Lockie to choose between spending time with his girlfriend, Vicki, or with his best friend, Egg.
Curriculum Study Areas: English, The Arts (Media), SOSE, Health and Physical Education, Personal and Social Capability
Topics/Themes: Family relationships, peer relationships, self-awareness, decision-making, film language and techniques, comedy genre, growth and development
- Define and examine key values, especially, compassion and respect in relation to family.
- Use role play to deconstruct decisions made by the series director about message, audience, purpose and film techniques.
- Interpret opinions, feelings and behaviour depicted in the written and screen texts.
- Analyse, interpret and construct a character profile.
- Examine and use film language and techniques to analyse a decision-making scene.
- Identify narrative structures of episodes.
- Create/Rewrite a scene in order to change the emphasis of meaning and action.
Teaching and Learning Activities: Each strand contains activities organised in two main components:
- the 'discussing' component: students will use individual and group talk to come to understandings about the issues and characters and to explore the significance of those understandings (e.g. for their own lives).
- the 'doing' component: students will use their understandings and explorations in order to do something – for example, perform or tell a story, create a product, transform some aspect of the series.