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


  • What comes to mind when you think of St. Patrick’s Day?
  • Who was St. Patrick, and what did he do?

During (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 01:36: Why might St. Patrick’s Day be celebrated in many countries and continents?
  • Timecode 2:00: What might the mass-emigration from Ireland to the U.S. from 1845-1855 indicate about conditions in the country at the time?
  • Timecode 3:24: What about St. Patrick’s past helped him become a good emissary for Catholicism in Ireland?
  • Timecode 3:44: How did Christianity differ from the religion most Irish practiced in the fifth century?


  • What are some other celebrations of cultural heritage?
  • How does your community celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?



Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments