Before the Movie


What is meant by the American Frontier? 

What do you know about Western Expansion?  



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 2:35: What was Indian Territory? How was it like a different country? 

Timecode 4:15: What are a few ways that the West was the perfect hideout for criminals?

Timecode 7:22: How would you describe Reeves’ commitment to law enforcement?


After the Movie


How would you describe Bass Reeves to someone who doesn’t know who he is?  


BrainPOP recommends reading  the movie description that appears on the Bass Reeves 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.