Read the movie description that appears below the movie player on the Jazz Topic Page. Then use the following prompts to encourage class discussion before, during, and after watching the movie.


Before the Movie


What do you know about jazz music?

What do you want to know about jazz?

How would you describe jazz music?


During the Movie (Pause Points)


Stop at the following times in the movie and ask questions or prompt a discussion to keep students focused and to assess their understanding before moving on:


Timecode 1:49: How does syncopation change the feel of a song?

Timecode 3:03: What other types of music uses variations of musical themes?

Timecode 4:03: In what way is Fitzgerald using her voice as a jazz instrument?

Timecode 4:57: What makes jazz so adaptable to the music of other cultures?


After the Movie


Why do you think jazz’ popularity declined after World War II?

Are there jazz influences in current popular music?  Explain.

What other art forms often rely on improvisation?


*BrainPOP’s Discussion Questions and Prompts align to CCSS Speaking and Listening Standards.