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Beethoven Lives Upstairs
SUBJECTS — Biography; Music/Classical; World/Austria;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Grieving; Disabilities; Talent;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Responsibility; Caring.
Age: 9 - 12; Not Rated; Drama; 1989; 52 minutes; Color.
This charming movie, made for children, describes the time when Ludwig van Beethoven, deaf and very angry about it, is attempting to finish his famous Ninth Symphony. The movie captivates its audience by weaving actual events in Beethoven's life with a fictional story featuring a child. The young boy's father has recently died and he desperately needs a friend. This film is the model for the award winning Composers' Specials.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to Beethoven Lives Upstairs will help teachers and parents introduce children to Beethoven and his music. The Guide describes where historical truth ends and fiction begins, provides background information about Beethoven, and suggests questions that will prompt discussions about the themes raised in the movie. These materials will supplement any lesson plan on Beethoven.
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Beethoven Lives Upstairs will introduce children to the life of Ludwig van Beethoven.
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To demonstrate how our Learning Guides can be used by teachers to supplement lesson plans, we have set out below some of the discussion questions contained in the Learning Guide to Beethoven Lives Upstairs.
2. Explain Beethoven's attitude toward his deafness. Why did he feel that way?
3. Explain how the concept of irony applies to the fact that Beethoven became deaf at a relatively young age.
4. Who are your favorite composers of classical music? Why?
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