Before the Movie:


Why do you think that Texas is called the Lone Star state? (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 2:42:  What advantage would independence give Texians? (Make inferences)

Timecode 5:24: How did the massacres at the Alamo and Goliad affect Texas rebels? (Identify cause/effect)

Timecode 6:53: What can you conclude were the Republic of Texas’ reasons for joining the United States? (Draw conclusions; Identify cause/effect)


After the Movie:


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


What can you infer was the cause of the Mexican-American war? (Make inferences; Identify cause/effect)

How does the phrase “Remember the Alamo” connect to Texas’ unique sense of identity? (Make connections)


BrainPOP recommends reading the movie description that appears on the Texas Revolution 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.