Read the movie description that appears below the movie player on the Abraham Lincoln 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 Abraham Lincoln? 

What do you hope to learn about Abraham Lincoln?

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 2:08: When Lincoln was a congressman, what were his beliefs on slavery? 

Timecode 2:57: Why was the Lincoln/Douglas election so significant? 

Timecode 3:37: Why was secession a catalyst for the start of the civil war? 

Timecode 4:45: How did the Gettysburg address impact slavery laws in the US? 

Timecode 5:50: How did Lincoln’s legacy live on even after his assassination? 

After the Movie


How did Lincoln’s presidency help strengthen the US after the Civil War? 

In what ways do Lincoln’s values hold true to our country today? 


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