Before the Movie


What do you know about autism? (Tap prior knowledge)

What questions do you have about autism? (Set goals)


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 1:06: Why might people with autism have trouble understanding figures of speech? (Identify cause/effect)

Timecode 2:38: How would set routines keep a person from too much sensory overload? (Identify problem/solution)

Timecode 4:45: How was Dr. Grandin’s insight about livestock a universal connection? (Recall/Synthesize)


After the Movie

Look at the four related movies at the bottom of the page. Explain how each is connected to the Autsim topic. (Make connections)


What are some ways you could make socializing easier for a friend who has autism? (Apply new knowledge)

Why is it important to understand that differences are actually normal? (Reflect)



BrainPOP recommends reading the movie description that appears on the Autism Topic Page to your class or have students read independently. Then have them watch the movie once through without pausing. Then, watch it again as class, this time using the discussion prompts.


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