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


Before the Movie


What do you know about World War II?

Who do you think fought in World War II?


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 1:40: How did Hitler use Germany’s loss in WWI to forward his agenda?

Timecode 2:46: What does the “blitzkrieg” tell us about Germany’s war preparations?

Timecode 3:34: How did the Holocaust directly reflect Hitler’s beliefs?

Timecode 4:03: Why was invading Russia a bad tactic for the Germans?

Timecode 4:30: How did Japan enter the war?

Timecode 5:19: Why was D-Day so crucial to Allied victory?


After the Movie


Why is atomic warfare such a bad idea?

How might being an island nation have helped Britain defend itself against the Nazis?


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