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BEFORE YOU WATCH: Frame Concept Introduction

Use the “Three Close Reads” approach as you watch the video below.
Use the “Three Close Reads” approach as you watch the video below (next in the lineup!). If you want to learn more about this strategy, click here.

First read: preview and skimming for gist

Before you watch, you should skim the transcript first. The skim should be very quick and give you the gist (general idea) of what the video is about. You should be looking at the title, thumbnails, pictures, and first few seconds of the video for the gist.

Second read: key ideas and understanding content

Now that you’ve skimmed the video transcript and taken a quick peek at the video, you should preview the questions you will be answering. These questions will help you get a better understanding of the concepts and arguments that are presented in the video. Keep in mind that when you watch the video, it is a good idea to write down any vocab you read or hear that is unfamiliar to you.
By the end of the second close read, you should be able to answer the following questions:
  1. What is a frame, and how is it like a map?
  2. Why are frames useful?
  3. What are the three frames we use in this course?
  4. Why is it useful to have more than one frame?
  5. You are going to be given Frame Stories in this part of the course. Later, you will be asked to “test their claims”. What does this mean?

Third read: evaluating and corroborating

Finally, here are some questions that will help you focus on why this video matters and how it connects to other content you’ve studied.
At the end of the third read, you should be able to respond to these questions:
  1. Are the three frames introduced in this video the only frames one could use to interpret the past and make it usable? What might some other frames be?
  2. This video argues that studying history through frames might help you to think about and anticipate for the future, and gives some examples. Think about the frame(s) you suggested to answer the question above. How might studying the past through this frame help prepare you for the future?
Now that you know what to look for, it’s time to watch! Remember to return to these questions once you’ve finished watching.

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