Before the Movie


What do you know about the Articles of Confederation?
What do you hope to learn about the Articles of Confederation?


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: Why was it crucial for the states to unite into a national government?

Timecode 2:43: Why would the new states be fearful of a strong federal government? 

Timecode 3:53: Why might state governments be determined to keep printing their own money? 

After the Movie


Look at the four related movies at the bottom of the page. Explain how each is connected to the Articles of Confederation.


Why might the states have been more accepting of of Federalism (a strong national government) 11 years after the Declaration of Independence ? 


BrainPOP recommends reading  the movie description that appears on the Articles of Confederation 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.