Before the Movie

What do you know about the bombing of Pearl Harbor during World War II? (Tap prior knowledge)

What do you want to know about Pearl Harbor? (Setting goals)


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 2:58: List a few events that set the stage for Pearl Harbor. Could the attack have been avoided? If so, how? (Gather knowledge; Make inferences)

Timecode 5:02: Why did Congress declare war on all the Axis powers, not just Japan? (Apply new knowledge)

Timecode 6:12: How did the war bring out the best and the worst sides of America’s national character? (Compare/contrast)


After the Movie

Look at the four related movies at the bottom of the page. Explain how each is connected to the Pearl Harbor topic. (Make connections)

Could internment happen today? Why or why not? (Make predictions; Apply new knowledge)


BrainPOP recommends reading the movie description that appears on the Pearl Harbor 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.