This video segment from Weston Woods presents the story of Duke by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney, and is about Duke Ellington ...
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The following Frame, Focus and Follow-up suggestions are best suited for elementary school students using this video in an English language arts lesson. Be sure to modify the questions to meet your students' instructional needs.
What is Frame, Focus and Follow-up?
Frame (ELA) Using "prior knowledge" is when we use what we already know to help us understand things we are learning about or things we are reading or viewing. This helps us understand new ideas in a way that has meaning for us. Think about something you didn’t like when you were younger that you like now. Tell us about it. What made you change your mind?
Focus (ELA) This video tells how Duke Ellington first hated doing something as a young boy but then ended up loving it. What might have made him change his mind?
Follow Up (ELA) How did thinking about an experience you had in your life help you understand the experience Duke Ellington had? How can you use this strategy when you are reading or viewing something new?
Frame (ELA) What motivates you to do something you really don't want to do? What motivates you to do something you really enjoy?
Focus (ELA) As you watch the video, note what motivates Duke to play piano as a young child, as a teenager and then as an entertainer.
Follow Up (ELA) How did Duke's thinking about playing the piano change throughout the video? Discuss what the motivating factors were. Have there been motivating factors in your life that have changed your feelings about something? Describe them.
Music, Social Studies, History, African-American History
Weston Woods: "Duke Ellington"
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