Read the movie description that appears below the movie player on the Henry Hudson 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 Henry Hudson?

What do you know about the Age of Exploration?


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 0:48: Why might silks and spices have been so valuable to Europeans?

Timecode 1:26: What was the problem with Columbus’ plan?

Timecode 1:55: Why would Hudson have sailed north, away from the warmer waters?

Timecode 2:51: Why would explorers assume the existence of a Northwest Passage?

Timecode 4:07: Why would King James give Hudson yet another chance to find a quicker route to Asia?

Timecode 5:42: How did both the Dutch and the English have colonies in North America?


After the Movie

What is colonization?

Why did European nations feel they had the right to colonize land?

What probably happened to Henry Hudson?


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