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


Before the Movie

Why do you think mourning someone who has passed away is important?

Have you ever mourned for someone? What did it feel like?


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 How can mourning rituals help you cope with a death?

Timecode 1:58 What are some examples of how different cultures go through the mourning process?

Timecode 2:27 Why are some mourning rituals across cultures seen as “unusual?”

Timecode 2:59 What is public mourning?

Timecode 3:21 How can people mourn in different ways?

Timecode 4:01 What are some feelings associated with mourning?

Timecode 5:10 What are different ways someone can grieve?

Timecode 6:26 How can you commemorate someone’s life?


After the Movie


Why do people mourn?

How can you help a friend who is mourning?


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