Before the Movie:

Describe a recent research report. What worked? What didn’t work?? (Tap prior knowledge)

What do you hope to learn about writing a research report? (Set 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 2:21: What is pre-search and why is it key to narrowing the scope of your research report? (Recall; Make inferences)

Timecode 3:38: : How can phrasing your research as a question help you define your topic? (Draw conclusions)

Timecode 4:37: How  is choosing sub-questions and putting them in order like writing an outline? (Compare/contrast)


After the Movie:

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

How can pre-search and defining a research question help you with future research reports? (Reflect)


BrainPOP recommends reading  the movie description that appears on the Research 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