Before the Movie

What types of goals have you set for yourself? Did you meet those goals? Why or why not? (Make connections) 

What do you hope to learn about setting goals? (Make connections


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 1:10: How can setting a goal help with motivation? (Identify cause/effect

Timecode 3:31: What are some of the benefits of setting mini-goals? (Make inferences

Timecode 4:20: How can SMART words guide your strategy? (Identify cause/effect


After the Movie

Look at the four related movies at the bottom of the page. Explain how each is connected to Setting Goals. (Make connections

Why are complicated goal-setting techniques not effective? (Apply new knowledge


BrainPOP recommends reading the movie description that appears on the Setting Goals 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.