Read the movie description that appears below the movie player on the Apartheid 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 apartheid?

Have you heard of Nelson Mandela? If yes, what do you know about him?


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 1:00: What would no voting rights mean for the black people of South Africa?

Timecode 1:18: Why would a political party not want different types of people to mix?

Timecode 1:40: What can be assumed about the rights accorded to people in each category?

Timecode 2:34: How might these penalties have impacted that National Party government?

Timecode 3:02: Why would the National Party government censor the media? Why would they stop?

Timecode: 3:32: Why was Mandela a powerful symbol of South Africa’s political rebirth?


After the Movie

Why is voting such a crucial right for any citizen?

What might be some after-effects of apartheid that are still felt by black South Africans?


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