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


Before the Movie


What do you think is meant by the theme of a story?

Where have you heard the word theme used before? 


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 1:33: What’s another theme that can be connected to the Hare’s actions?

Timecode 2:11: What is a motif and what does it have to do with theme?

Timecode 2:38: What other popular stories have a struggle for good and evil as a theme?

Timecode 3:14: How can analyzing dialogue help you identify the theme?  

Timecode 4:01: What does Luke’s victory tell us about the connection between plot and theme?


After the Movie


What are the themes in other stories and books you have read?

How would you go about finding the theme of a story as you read it?


*BrainPOP’s Discussion Questions and Prompts align to CCSS Speaking and Listening Standards.