Before the Movie


What comes to mind when you hear democracy? (Tap prior knowledge)

What do you hope to learn about democracy in this movie? (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 0:47: What is the purpose of government in a democracy? (Recall

Timecode 2:24: What’s the difference between a direct democracy and a representative democracy? (Compare/contrast

Timecode 2:43: Why are direct democracies only effective for small populations? (Identify cause/effect


After the Movie

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

What does democracy require to remain an effective form of government? (Synthesize

BrainPOP recommends reading the movie description that appears on the Democracy 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.

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