Source: Africa: "Savanna Homecoming"
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In this second video in the three-part series of segments from Nature/National Geographic, Flora leaves the comforts of the city for a lifestyle that is extremely different. For four months every year she is alone while her husband works in a hunting camp. It's during these times she has trouble managing. Sometimes there is no food; other times the children get sick. It is hard for her to stop dwelling on her former life and how she was before she met her husband. Sometimes she thinks she may have lost more than she has gained from living in Kijungu. Discover more about Flora in “Flora's Motivation” and “A Decision is Made.”
Social studies, geography
The following Frame, Focus and Follow-up suggestions are best suited for 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) What are some of the ways characters can be developed in a story?
Focus (ELA) How is Flora’s character developed? Does her gender play a role in her character development? What does the filmmaker show?
Follow Up (ELA) Describe what Flora is like and how her character is developed. For example, how does knowing about her past help the viewer perceive Flora’s thoughts and character traits? What does it mean that she keeps a photo album of her family?
Frame (SS) How are our behaviors determined by our environment?
Focus (SS) How are Flora’s behaviors determined by her environment? For example, how are her behaviors different now living in Kijungu from when she lived in the city?
Follow Up (SS) How does the availability of food, resources and physical characteristics of the environment affect our behaviors?
FLORA: Sometimes I walk 12 miles and think, why do I torture myself like this? When I think about the life here and where I come from in Arusha, I ask myself why did I come here to these problems? Each year in June, Loshero goes to Dar es Salaam to work in a hunting camp for four months. I stay here and that is when there are problems. Sometimes the children are sick...sometimes there is no food. I am alone. I have no relatives here. It's a long time to cope on my own.
NARRATOR: It's hard for Flora to keep from dwelling on the past. This is how she was before she met Loshero. Sometimes Flora thinks she might have lost far more than she's gained.
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We assign reference terms to each statement within a standards document and to each media resource, and correlations are based upon matches of these terms for a given grade band. If a particular standards document of interest to you is not displayed yet, it most likely has not yet been processed by ASN or by Teachers' Domain. We will be adding social studies and arts correlations over the coming year, and also will be increasing the specificity of alignment.