Read the movie description that appears below the movie player on the Underground Railroad 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 of when you hear “underground railroad?” 

Do you think the “underground railroad” was a real railroad? Explain. 


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 1:45: Who were the Quakers and why were they important? 

Timecode 2:31: What role did abolitionists play in helping slaves escape? 

Timecode 3:11: Where were the slaves escaping to? How did they get there? 

Timecode 4:01: What did underground railroad conductors do? 

Timecode 4:38: How were slaves treated in the south? 

Timecode 5:09: What was the Fugitive Slave Law? 


After the Movie

Can you think of a time where you stood up for what you believe in? What was it like? Explain.   

Why do you think it is important to learn about slavery? 



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