Read the movie description that appears below the movie player on the Civil Rights Topic Page. Then use the following prompts to encourage class discussion before, during, and after watching the movie.


Before the Movie


Where have you heard the phrase “civil rights” used before?
What famous people do you think of when you hear “civil rights”?  


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 0:52: In what way was America a different place before the 1960s?

Timecode 1:28: Why couldn’t Linda Brown attend the school closer to her home? What did her father do about it? What was the outcome?

Timecode 2:03: What can you tell about Rosa Parks’ character from her actions?

Timecode 2:46: What was the purpose of the Montgomery bus boycott? In what way was it successful?

Timecode 3:18: What was the purpose of Freedom Rides?

Timecode 3:34: Why do you think peaceful protests were met with anger and violence?

Timecode 4:08: Why was the Civil Rights Act of 1964 important?


After the Movie

Why did it take so long to enforce civil rights laws?

What are some peaceful ways to protest?


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