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 or social studies lesson. Be sure to modify the questions to meet your students' instructional needs.
What is Frame, Focus and Follow-up?
Frame (ELA) We all have different points of view. What is a point of view? What might influence the way we view or understand things?
Focus (ELA) The speaker Ben Hall has a particular point of view about his culture and Sapelo Island. Try to determine what his point of view is.
Follow Up (ELA) What is Ben Hall’s point of view about his culture and Sapelo Island? What helps to determine his point of view? For example, did you note he belonged to the Sapelo Island Cultural and Revitalization Society? Express and discuss Hall’s point of view about his island home and culture. Consider others’ points of view and how they might be different. For example, how might a developer (one who makes “improvements” to land for the purpose of profit) view Hall’s culture and island?
Frame (SS) Why were plantations established on coastal islands? What were some of the advantages concerning the land and climate on the island that helped in farming and growing cash crops?
Focus (SS) While watching the segment decide what it means to be the last Gullah/Geechee Island Community?
Follow Up (SS) How do you think the location of this community has helped to preserve the culture of the Gullah/Geechee? Why is the land valuable now? Discuss the benefits and issues that might arise concerning the preservation of a community’s culture. How might real estate or economic development influence the Gullah/Geechee culture? Note: Remember the term development was used in this segment to describe the expansion of tourism and construction on coastal islands.