Just Mercy Movie Guide | Questions | Worksheet

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Just Mercy Movie Guide | Questions | Worksheet (PG13 – 2019) explores Bryan Stevenson’s incredible resolve and passion for justice. Challenge students to dig into Walter McMillan’s trial and the evidence Bryan discovered that led to his release. Write persuasive essays for, or against, the death penalty using context from the movie. Find hope in unexpected characters like Chapman and the sympathetic prison guard. Finally, ask students to do their own research into cases the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) has had in campaigning against life-without-parole sentencing for minors.

This movie is based on the true story by Bryan Stevenson in his 2014 book titled Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.

This resource consists of 13 high-level, short answer and essay questions that will do more than just ask your students to regurgitate information. See the thumbnail images for sample questions.

This product .zip file includes:

  • A student movie guide, PDF digital fillable form version (4 pages)
  • A student movie guide, PDF print version  (4 pages)
  • A Google Forms Version of the Movie Guide
  • An answer key (4 pages) is included, however, some answers will vary as students are encouraged to construct their own meaning throughout the film and many questions are open-ended.
  • A generic movie guide permission slip (1 page)
  • CCSS alignment indicating standards met, PDF (1 page – see also preview image)
    • CCSS Note: I’ve taken the liberty of aligning certain reading standards with the act of consuming content via the movie instead. Although students aren’t reading they are asked to perform the same cognitive functions on the content that they consumed from the movie.

This movie is available for streaming on Amazon.

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Here are my tips for using Just Mercy Movie Guide | Questions | Worksheet in your classroom:

  1. Print one, double-sided movie guide for each student
  2. Preview each question on the movie guide as you come to it before resuming the movie
  3. Pause at the times designated on the movie guide and help students if necessary
    • Discussion here is great, encourage and allow students to share their ideas and thoughts for any question
    • Discourage students from simply copying answers
    • If needed, and if time allows, feel free to rewind and show important parts of the movie for additional analysis
  4. After completing the short answers on the movie guide, allow 5-10 minutes for each essay question at the end
  5. On average, completing this movie guide will require about 30-45 minutes in addition to the length of the movie

The Just Mercy Movie Guide | Questions | Worksheet resource is also available on TeachersPayTeachers

Distance Learning Tips:
  1. Distribute the digital PDF file or the google forms version to each student
  2. Use the screen sharing tool on your group call software to play the movie
  3. Pause the movie at each question to give students time to write/discuss

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Get a feel for these movie guides and see if this resource is right for you. I ask questions that require students to ‘live’ on the higher levels of Bloom’s taxonomy.

K12 Movie Guides are on these other platforms as well:

Digital Version Tips

  • It is intended for a paperless, 1:1 tablet/iPad classroom
  • Ask students to download a PDF editor app if they don’t already have one. It needs to have a save function as well. I used Foxit PDF.
  • Host the file. I used google drive to share a folder with students.
  • When complete, ask students to save the file in a designated google drive folder using a naming convention. (I use LastnameFirstnameMovieGuide.pdf)


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