Before the Movie 


Describe a poem you’ve written. What was it about? (Reflect)

What types of poems do you enjoy reading? What about them do you like? (Express opinion


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 1:05: How do poetry and prose differ? (Compare/contrast)

Timecode 2:55: How is the rhyme scheme different from the meter of a poem? (Compare/contrast)

Timecode 4:10: How does metaphor add depth to poetry? (Draw conclusions)


After the Movie 

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


 How might a poet’s writing skills be different from a journalist’s writing skills? (Reflect)


BrainPOP recommends reading the movie description that appears on the Poetry Topic Page to your class or have students read independently. Then have them watch the movie once through without pausing. Then, watch it again as class, this time using the discussion prompts.


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