We strongly suggest parents, caregivers, and teachers preview the movie before watching it with children as it describes acts of racist violence.

Before the Movie:

What do you know about the Black Lives Matter movement? (Activate prior knowledge)

If you’ve been to a protest, what was it like and how did it make you feel?  (Describe)


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 2:53: How is interpersonal racism different from structural racism? In what way does structural racism make life more difficult for Black people and other people of color? (Compare and contrast; Draw conclusions)

Timecode 4:30: How are most of the Black Lives Matter demonstrations different from the ones shown in the media? (Compare and contrast)

Timecode 6:00: Where did the rallying cry “Black Lives Matter” come from? What is the meaning of the phrase and the movement?  (Recall, Summarize)

Timecode 7:27: What is the goal of demonstrations, like the Black Lives Matter marches and protests? In what ways have they been successful?  (Identify cause/effect)


After the Movie:

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

What are some ways kids can speak up and make a change? (Identify cause/effect and problem/solution)


BrainPOP recommends reading the movie description that appears on the Black Lives Matter Protests Topic Page to your child or 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.