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


Before the Movie

What do you think is meant  by a story’s plot?

What does it mean when people refer to a “plot twist?”


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 1:50: Think of a book you’re reading now. What is the conflict in that story?

Timecode 2:49: How does the inciting incident in the Wizard of Oz affect Dorothy?

Timecode 4:10: How might the climax of a comedy be different from the climax of a tragedy?

Timecode 6:15: How could flashback and in media res plot techniques be used together?

Timecode 7:03: Why is it a good idea for a writer to map out their plot beforehand?


After the Movie

Think of your favorite book or movie plot. What makes it so good?  

What do you think the biggest challenge is for coming up with a good plot?  


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