Before the Movie


What do you know about American Indians?


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 0:42: In what way is the term “Indian” a mistake?

Timecode 1:36: Why were the Aztec, Maya, and Inca civilizations considered highly complex ?

Timecode 3:27: Why are many of the Native American civilizations gone now?

After the Movie


What is something new you learned about American Indians?

Which tribes once lived in your region of the United States? What do you know about them?



BrainPOP recommends reading  the movie description that appears on the American Indians Topic Page to your class. Then show the movie once through without pausing.  Watch it again, this time using the discussion prompts.


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