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

 

Before

What is conservation?

What are some benefits of planting trees?

What is a dictatorship?

 

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 1:19: In what ways was Maathai unique from other winners of the Nobel Peace Prize?

Timecode 2:12: What problems did Kenya face after it won its independence?

Timecode 2:23: What was Maathai’s solution to the problems in Kenya?

Timecode 2:54: How was planting trees going to help Kenya solve its problems?

Timecode 3:10: How did women, in particular, benefit from the Green Belt Movement?

Timecode 3:31: Why was the Kenyan government against the Green Belt Movement?

Timecode 4:37: What strategy did Maathai use to fight against Moi?

 

After

Why was Maathai a good choice for the Nobel Peace Prize?

What can you tell about Maathai’s character from her achievements and her willingness to go against a dictator?

 

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

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