Before the Movie:

What do you know about the original thirteen colonies? (Tap prior knowledge

Where in the country were the thirteen colonies? (Tap prior knowledge

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 3:53: What was the main reason why some Southern planters became very rich and powerful? (Identify cause/effect; Draw conclusions

Timecode 5:45: Why did New Netherland end up with settlers from so many European countries rather than just Britain?  (Recall

Timecode 7:25: Why didn’t most people think of themselves as American colonists? (Draw conclusions

After the Movie:

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

In what ways did a colony’s business depend on geography? (Make inferences

BrainPOP recommends reading the movie description that appears on the Regions of the Thirteen Colonies 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.