Read the movie description that appears below the movie player on the Napoleon Bonaparte 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 Napoleon?

Why do you think countries have revolutions?


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 1:06: Why did the French people overthrow King Louis XVI?

Timecode 1:29: Why were the years following the French Revolution chaotic and violent?

Timecode 2:23: Why would European monarchs fear a French-style revolution?

Timecode 3:01: Why might former French revolutionaries allow Napoleon to appoint himself First Consul?

Timecode 3:21: How did Napoleon change as a leader during his years of leadership?

Timecode 3:52: Why might governments based on military power often be toppled?


After the Movie


Why would the French people support Napoleon for so long?

What is a dictatorship? How does chaos in the government chaos result in the creation of a dictator?  


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