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12 Years a Slave Video Lesson Plans and Worksheets

12 Years a Slave Video Lesson Plans and Worksheets

While I never had an opportunity to test out 12 Years a Slave Video Lesson Plans and Worksheets I would have liked to have shown the film either at the end of the year or as part a discussion on slavery (either as part of a World History or US course).

The New York Times learning Blog has a good outline of the lesson involved in it. You can find it here: 12 Years a Slave Lesson Plans and Worksheets from NTY Learning Blog

I have also put the lesson into a single document that students can use:
12 Years a Slave Lesson Plans and Worksheets

Teachers may also be interested in having students compare the two excerpts listed in the document using the resources below:
Close Reading

Comparing Texts

Document Analysis

If copies of the book may be found it may be worth it to have students read a chapter out of the book. This guide includes questions for each chapter along with enrichment activities (both for the book and the film)12 Years A Slave Reading Questions

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Lesson Plans World History II SOL 4e and 4f


Lesson Plans World History II SOL 4e and 4f: Atlantic Slave Trade

Standard WH II:
The student will demonstrate knowledge of the impact of the European Age of Discovery and expansion into the Americas, Africa, and Asia by
e) mapping and explaining the triangular trade;
f) describing the impact of precious metal exports from the Americas.

Lesson Plans
Introduction: A Bell-ringer activity
Notes: Students copy-down and discuss teacher generated notes
Activities: Students complete various in class activities to support learning including video analysis, maps, charts, diagrams, graphic organizers, worksheets, text-book questions, group discussion, KWL Charts etc.
Assessment: Informal, Formal, Exit-Questions, Teacher Questioning. Quizzes, Tests, Projects
Essential Knowledge:

SOL 4e and 4f
The triangular trade linked Europe,
Africa, and the Americas. Slaves, sugar,
and rum were traded.
Export of precious metals
• Gold and silver exported to Europe
and Asia
• Impact on indigenous empires of the
• Impact on Spain and Intentional trade

Activities That Support Lesson Plans

Joseph Cinque Amistad takeover ship on Middle Passage

Tobacco Economy and Slave Life Analysis     Tobacco Economy and Slave Life Analysis for use also with Tobacco Economy video hosted at the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation:
Note: With the above Tobacco Economy activities I only use the document analysis portion comparing slave life with that of the slave-master.

12 Years a Slave Video Lesson Plans and Worksheet: Might be used for an end of the year/unit activity. May also be good to show a clip of it in class and discuss it.

Crash Course World History: Atlantic Slave Trade. Students write down any 5 facts.


Note: The above activities are best used with the Virginia Prentice Hall World History: The Modern Era textbook.

Back to World History II Virginia SOL Page


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