Read the movie description that appears below the movie player on the Alexander Hamilton 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 Alexander Hamilton? 

What do you hope to learn about Alexander Hamilton?


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 3:12: Why was the money printed by the Articles of Congress not accepted by farmers and merchants? What did Hamilton learn from this?

Timecode 4:31: What led Hamilton to call for the Constitutional Convention?

Timecode 4:59: Why do you think some states were reluctant to the idea of federalism?

Timecode 5:10: What was the purpose of the Federalist Papers?

Timecode 5:43: How did Hamilton’s beliefs about government differ from Thomas Jefferson’s?

Timecode 6:31: How did Hamilton’s policies stabilize the economy?


After the Movie

In what way is Hamilton deserving of the title Founding Father?

In what ways do Hamilton’s ideas continue to shape our thinking about the role of government?


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