Read the movie description that appears below the movie player on Nellie Bly topic page. Then use the following prompts to encourage class discussion before, during, and after watching the movie.


  • What do you think investigative reporters do?
  • What can you tell about Nellie Bly from the movie description?


During (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 1:56: How did Nellie Bly differ from other news reporters?
  • Timecode 3:04: In what way was Bly’s reporting about traveling around the world like a reality TV show?
  • Timecode 4:05: How did Bly’s reporting help bring attention to women’s issues and struggles?
  • Timecode 6:11: Discuss the importance of the first amendment in terms of freedom of the press. How does it protect reporters like Nellie Bly and ensure that important stories get told?



  • Do you think it is ethical to go undercover to break news stories? Why or why not?


Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments