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


Before the Movie

What do you know about Helen Keller?

What is braille?


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 1:41: What challenges did Sullivan face when she started her job? What does it say about Sullivan that she didn’t quit?

Timecode 2:09: How did Sullivan teach Helen to connect words to the things they represent?

Timecode 4:02:What does Tim mean when he says that Helen symbolized the “triumph of the human spirit over adversity”?

After the Movie

How can you tell that Helen was extraordinarily bright?

In what ways was Sullivan more than a teacher to Helen?

What made Helen Keller a hero?


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