ESL: Assignment 1: Make-a-Map BrainPOP ESL and Pedagogy

This map assignment is different from the mapping you did during the workshop. This is a media deconstruction exercise designed to help you dive deeply into 1 BrainPOP ESL lesson and identify structural attributes unique to BrainPOP ESL’s movies. This assignment should take roughly 60 minutes.

Objective:  Create a concept map illustrating unique features of a BrainPOP ESL lesson.  Submit your final map within BrainPOP directly to the class that you enrolled in during the workshop.

For some tips and ideas about using concept maps with ELLs, check out these support resources on BrainPOP Educators.

For a refresher about how to use the Make-a-Map tool in general, check out these support resources on BrainPOP Educators.

Before Mapping – go through a specific lesson

  1. Visit
  2. Login with the demo student account that you created at the workshop.
  3. Check the Grammar Index and choose any BrainPOP ESL lesson that you feel could be useful for your students.
  4. Review the list of checklist “moments” below and keep them in mind as you watch the three movies (story, vocabulary, and grammar movies). Explore the interactive features (Flash Words, Hear It Say It, Play It, Practice, Read It, Write It) and take the Quiz.

Start Mapping!

Go to the “Make-a-Map” feature. Use the main/story movie – that loads automatically – to find the following 8 moments in your map and take snapshots. Please number the moments. You may choose to use a template or not.

  1. Content or Story: Find a moment from the movie that best illustrates the content or story.  Why did you choose this image?
  2. Vocabulary: Find images from the movie that clearly define 3 new vocab words.
  3. Grammar: Find a moment from the movie that illustrates the target grammar or language structure of this lesson.
  4. Find an example of 1 of the following language features. Note: the very early movies may not have examples of these features.
    1. Multiple meaning word
    2. Idiom
    3. Formulaic expression (a common phrase that’s learned as a whole rather than individual words, such as “Be careful”)
    4. Collocation (two or more words that often go together and “sound right” to native speakers, such as “peanut butter and jelly”)
  5. Clarification: Identify an example of how a word or concept is clarified, such as visual, paraphrasing, repeating, asking a question, giving an example, or any other method. Write the method used in the node.
  6. Pause Points: Identify a pause point within the movie.  Write the question prompt you would use to elicit responses from students.
  7. Additional Feature: Identify a creative way to use one of the following features of a lesson: Flash Words, Hear It Say It, Play It, Practice, Read It, Write It, or Quiz. You can use blank nodes for this.
  8. Your Note: Click on the “More” tab on the left and go to “Add Notes.” Think about how your students might use Make-a-Map. What excites you? What prompt would you give students to “concept map”  about this specific lesson?  Remember that a concept map for any BrainPOP ESL lesson can be about the story or content, the vocabulary, or the grammar. Submit your map to the class that you joined at the certification workshop.

*Note that clicking the Make-a-Map camera icon will place the clip onto the canvas that begins 5 seconds before you clicked – this provides context when replaying the clip.

Below is an example of this assignment for the first lesson: Hi, I’m Ben (1.1.1). This is just one idea. You may design and structure your map however you want.