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


Before the Movie

What kinds of poems do you enjoy? Why?

What do you think makes a poem memorable?

What do you know about the poet Emily Dickinson?


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 1:05: How did Dickinson’s poetry differ from other poets of her time?

Timecode 1:25 What can you tell about Dickinson the volume of poems she composed in her lifetime?

Timecode 3:07: How to poetic devices like simile and personification help bring a poem to life?

Timecode 4:39: How are similes and metaphors alike? How do they differ?

Timecode 5:18: What is slant rhyme and why did Dickinson use this poetic device?

Timecode 6:34: What were Dickinson’s inspirations for her poetry?


After the Movie

What do you like about Dickinson’s poetry? What do you dislike?

Why do you think Dickinson chose not to publish her poetry in her lifetime?

What makes Dickinson’s poems feel contemporary?


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