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


  • What do you know about North Korea?
  • What can you tell about North Korea’s history 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 3:12: What was the effect of World War II on Korea, and how did the Korean War help or hurt the country’s citizens?
  • Timecode 4:18: In what ways does living under dictatorship affect everyday life in Korea?
  • Timecode 5:16: How does the Korean dictatorship use fear to control its citizens?
  • Timecode 6:38: How might sanctions be more effective than war in bringing dictatorships to an end?


  • Do you think dictatorship can ever benefit the citizens of a country? Why or why not?


Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments