The card collection

[Episode 4 | 1978 : Mike]

Mike needs to borrow $50 in order to buy the carburettor that Ben's brother needs for his performance car. But no one in the family will lend him the money even though he is prepared to sell his beloved card collection.


The Australian curriculum: English

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The Australian Curriculum: English aims to ensure that students:

  • learn to listen to, read, view, speak, write, create and reflect on increasingly complex and sophisticated spoken, written and multimodal texts across a growing range of contexts with accuracy, fluency and purpose
  • appreciate, enjoy and use the English language in all its variations and develop a sense of its richness and power to evoke feelings, convey information, form ideas, facilitate interaction with others, entertain, persuade and argue
  • understand how Standard Australian English works in its spoken and written forms and in combination with non-linguistic forms of communication to create meaning
  • develop interest and skills in inquiring into the aesthetic aspects of texts, and develop an informed appreciation of literature.

English activities [3]

Activity 1: Playlists
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Subtheme(s): Entertainment and games; Inventions and electronic media
  • Ask students to think about Sofia playing a favourite record in her room with her friend and relate it to the activity called ‘Record Collection’ in the clip ‘Conscription’ ten years earlier in 1968. There Sofia was ten years old and asked to look after Michaelis's precious record collection of LPs (Long Playing records).

  • Ask students to find out more information about records and the format of singles and EPs in the 1960s and 1970s. Ask students to draw up a list of the ways music is played in the twenty-first century. Students can then compile a list of popular artists and songs of the era and create a 1970s playlist to share with the class.
  • From the list, ask students to select a group that is unknown to them and research information on the group. Ask students to design a record cover for an album by the group. It could be an album that was produced, or an imaginary one. The album cover should list eight and ten songs the group were known for.


Activity 2: Card collecting
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Subtheme(s): Customs and traditions; Entertainment and games
  • Mike has a card collection that is important to him. As a class, discuss the reasons why Mike might be interested in collecting cards. Ask the students to consider:
  1. What does this tell the audience about the character of Mike?
  2. What could be the reasons the filmmaker included this information in the story?

  • Conduct a class survey of the things students collect and present these findings as a pictorial representation such as a bar graph, or with text and images. Evaluate and assess the most popular collections and describe the reasons given by students for collecting these items.
  • As an extension activity, students can survey members of their family (parents, grandparents and siblings) to find out what they collected when they were young. Encourage students to collate this information on a graph, electronic spreadsheet, or record it manually on paper.
  • The survey results can be presented to the class, showing the differences and similarities in collections over the years. As a class, discuss the variety of objects collected over different generations and highlight the differences in objects collected today compared to in the past.
  • Encourage students to bring examples of collections to the classroom to share and compare.


Activity 3: Music and fashion
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Subtheme(s): Art, music and literature; Fashion; Relationships
  • Music is used by the filmmaker to introduce Mike's young aunt Sofia as she plays records in her bedroom with her friend. As a class, discuss why the filmmaker chose to use music to introduce this scene and focus on Sofia when she held a record in her hand as music was played. Was this to indicate her interest in music?

  • Ask students to create a character profile of Sofia that answers the following questions:
  1. How is Sofia dressed?
  2. What type of fashion are her clothes representative of for the era?
  3. What could have influenced her style?
  4. What style of music is she listening to?
  5. What are her likes and dislikes?
  6. What are her hobbies and interests?
  • The character profile can be created using the template from Student Activity Sheet E4.4.


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