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


Why do you think it is important to vote?

What happens when people don’t vote?

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 2:45: What’s the difference between a direct democracy and a republic? Why did Rome set up a republic?

Timecode 4:05: Why is it important to have a range of representatives in government?

Timecode 4:48: Who can vote in our country? Why do you think voter turnout is generally low?

Timecode 6:06: How does knowing a candidate’s political party help you know how he or she will vote on an issue?


In what way is voting a responsibility?

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

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments