The following Frame, Focus and Follow-up suggestions are best suited for elementary or middle school students using this video in an English Language Arts lesson. Be sure to modify the questions to meet your students' instructional needs.
Frame (ELA) How can we communicate our ideas to others in different ways? What forms of communication do we have available to us in today’s world?
Focus (ELA) What message is this video trying to communicate to viewers? How does it convey that message effectively? How could it do it better or more convincingly?
Follow Up (ELA) When a filmmaker makes a video, he or she is trying to get a message across to the viewer. For example, Al Gore won an Academy Award for a powerful film on global warming called “An Inconvenient Truth.” In what ways can film strongly portray a certain message? Discuss possible ways you could convincingly convey the message from this video to others visually (i.e., a drawing, cartoon, picture, picture book) or in writing. What are the strengths of conveying a message one way versus another?
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