Before the Movie

What do you know about the American Civil Rights Movement?

What do you know about Martin Luther King Jr.?


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 1:16: What were Jim Crow laws? What were the consequences of breaking these laws? 

Timecode 2:53: What was the result of the Montgomery bus boycott?  

Timecode 3:41: What is King’s dream in the “I Have a Dream Speech”?


After the Movie

What made King so inspirational?   

Why do you think there was such a violent response to the peaceful protests?


BrainPOP recommends reading  the movie description that appears on the Martin Luther King Jr. topic page to your 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.