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### THE PIANO

Published Monday, November 21, 2011.
Last updated: Thursday, December 05, 2013

The Piano

A moving and touching scene from the film 'Up' as Carl, now an old man, remembers his life's journey with his beloved wife Ellie.

"The old man plays his emotions on the piano, they are the notes of his life."

Mood Graph for the Old Man

http://www.softschools.com/math/data_analysis/line_graph/activities/make_your_own_line_graph/

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.

2011's NARRATIONS.

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Comment By mark

This is a very calm song but at the same time also very sad and lonely.

Published on Monday, November 21, 2011
Comment By orlando ventura

Hello Mr.Ben!!!! It's me, Orlando!!!! I am in
Honduras on the other side of the world!!!

Hi Orlando! Hope you're well! Mr Ben

Published on Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Comment By Sessy

A well composed melody expressing different emotions of the old man recollecting his memories - it is sympathetic!

Published on Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Very depressing song,I wonder if one day I'll be like that, remembering my childhood,loosing someone I love and being guilty of the things I've done.

Published on Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Comment By Ann & Adelia 5B

It's so moving.
It's the most touching video I've ever seen.

Published on Thursday, December 01, 2011
Comment By Ann 5B

It is quite depressing but somehow I still manage to like it.

Published on Friday, December 02, 2011
Comment By JO\$IE 5B

It is really melencholy. but still very nice!

Published on Thursday, December 08, 2011
Comment By \$@m@r 5B

I think this is a sad but calming peace.
I really like how the creater set this mini film.

Published on Thursday, December 08, 2011
Comment By Pritish Dugar

Hello Mr Ben I sure do miss patana

here I am in India i still have flashbacks of year 5!!

you are the BESTEST teacher!!!!!!

Published on Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Comment By Ethan James De Silva

Nostalgic:
As the old man's bony fingers caressed the piano keys, the melody emotes his nostalgic memories.

Regret:
Watching his comrade die in front of his eyes, regret overtook him as the incident replayed in his head.

Tender:
The old man's heart melted after his wife gave him a tender kiss.

Content:
The old man was content at the sight of his grandchild.

Excited:
The old man was excited at the sight of his brand new hobby horse

Published on Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Comment By Fai

Tender
An old man plays the piano while the ghost of his wife places a soft and tender kiss on his cheek.

Melancholy
After the memory of his wife fades away the room fills with darkness and melancholy.

Regret
The man has feelings of regret for the loss of his comrade during the horrific war.

Nostalgic
The old man feels nostalgic when he remembers the hobby horse he received as a young boy.

Warmth
The grandson smiles as he gazes up at his beloved grandfather and proudly the old man smiles back at him thinking how rich his life has been.

Published on Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Comment By Shumanyee

An old man plays a melancholy melody whilst thinking about the events that occurred in his life.
A lonely old man played the piano in the dark boundless room with only a bright light shining on him.
Tenderly, his wife kisses him and disappeared slowly.
Excitedly, he unwrapped the hobby horse that he wanted so much.
He was filled with regret because he couldn't save his comrade's life in the battlefield.

Published on Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Comment By Divyansh Jain

Nostalgic:
As the melody flows over the piano the old man emotes his nostalgic memories.

Tender:
The old mans wife gave him a tender kiss as his heart dissolved slowly.

Regret:
As the comrade dies in front of him, regret fills his whole body.

Exited:
With full of excitement,the old man cautiously opened the gift and the wooden hobby horse comes in sight.

Peacfully:
Peacfully his grandson joins him and together they end the beautiful tune of music.

Published on Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Comment By Yoran

When his wife left him he felt very mournful.

he was tumultous when he was about to open his present.

Just when his friend died in his arms got a remorseful feeling that struck up his body.

When he saw what his present was he was intoxicated.

while he was playing the piano at the same time he was chivalrous about his past.

Published on Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Comment By Premika

LONELY
The old man was sitting and playing the sweet melody on the piano with no one beside him.

TENDER
The wife gave a soft kiss before she leave him.

REGRET
He felt terrible when his comrade died in front of him.

HOPEFUL
He believe that his grandson could play this tune.

EXCITED
When he was a child he got a present and can't wait to open iit and when he open the present he was suprise because it was a hobby hose.

Published on Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Comment By Lyla

Dark:
The old man sits at the piano in the middle of a dark boundless room thinking about his memories in the past.

Exited:
The old man was so exited when he set his eyes on the wooden hobby horse his parents gave him.

Melancholy:
Memories of the past made the old man feel melancholy.

Regret:
The old man regret giving his comrade the nod witch led him to a fatal death

Tender:
The old man felt tender when his wife gave him that kiss

Published on Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Comment By Mimii

The old man was very relaxed when his boney fingers landed on the piano.

It was very tender when his wife slowly kissed the old man's cheek.

He was sad when his she left, but he kept on playing, still surrounded by the dark in the boundless room.

He was very excited, when he rushed to open the box as a child.

Peacefully, he played the piano.

Published on Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Comment By Mint

Tender

The old man felt his wife's tender and loving kiss.

regret

The old man regrets his sorrowful moment of his comrade dying in his arms.

Exited

The old man was exited at the sight of the coolest toy ever the hobby horse.

Lonely

The old man feels lonely as he gracefully played his part of the duet.

Relaxed

as he played the last note with his grandson he felt relaxed.

Published on Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Comment By @rin \$mutharaks

Melancholy

The old man caresses the same melancholy tune on the grand piano.

Excited

Excited, the boy opens up the hobbyhorse.

Dark

Alone, in the dark playing the same old tune.

Regret

The regret of the comrade dying was like a curse stuck to him.

Peaceful

The peaceful melody made him think back.

Published on Thursday, December 06, 2012
Comment By Is@ure Echivard

nostalgic;
The old man rmemebers his bitter sweet past .

tender;
His wife tenderly kisses his cheak.

regret;
He regret that his comrade died and not him .

lonely;
The old man sits lonely at his piano in a dark and boundless room.

dark;
His dark memories overcome him.

Published on Thursday, December 06, 2012