Twelve Years a Slave

It's difficult to truly grasp the effects of slavery. Young historians use historical analysis to understand the struggle of slavery on African Americans. The resource provides text from the autobiography Twelve Years a Slave to help scholars understand the daily struggles African Americans faced. Academics also participate in group discussion and fill out a worksheet to reinforce key concepts and share their opinions with their peers. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils conduct a reader's theatre with the text experts from Twelve Years a Slave
  • Guide a group discussion on how societies treatment of African Americans has changed since the book was published 
Classroom Considerations
  • The activity is designed to be completed online
Pros
  • The activity is great to use during Black History Month
  • Resource includes additional documents to aid learners 
Cons
  • None