A moving and touching scene from 'Up' as Carl, now an old man, remembers his life's journey with his beloved wife Ellie.
The Amazing Shadow Dancers
"The old man plays his emotions on the piano, they are the notes of his life."
Mood Graph for the Old Man
Give each event or memory a score. 0 is completely sad, 10 is completely happy. (Although we will be exploring much better words to describe the old man's emotions, for example: despodent, distraught, anguished, delighted, content, optimistic).
For your home learning write your voice over narrations for each of the sentences/scenes below. Here is the (long!) learning question:
Can I use powerful vocabulary and phrases and character show not tell to narrate the old man's emotions as he plays the piano?
This was the narration I modelled for you in class today.
“An old man sits alone. Him, his piano and his memories. As he plays the graceful tune that he knows so well, the melody fills the room and his memories come flooding back. His mind, like the room he plays in, is light and dark.”
The old man is on his own playing the piano. He is being reflective.
He remembers his wife playing the tune with him.
His wife kisses him and he feels happy.
His wife leaves.
He is at war with danger all around.
His comrade dies and he is devastated.
He is delighted to get given a wooden horse.
He plays on it. So does his grandson.
His grandson joins him at the piano and they play togther.
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