This resource includes 10 non-fiction passages, activities and a 5 page test based on the narrative by Solomon Northup. (Movie title: 12 Years a Slave.)
Some time ago I read this narrative published in the mid-19th century. Solomon Northup was a free black man living in New York who was kidnapped and pressed into slavery in 1841. I thought it was fascinating, and given the time period of its writing, easy to read. I thought it would make a very good non-fiction resource for upper middle school and perhaps grade 9 students as well and even grade 10. I have summarized the story in ten parts - this is my original work, summarized from the original memoir.
This product includes :
---10 reading passages;
--- each passage has three vocabulary terms or words and separate activity page for each passage.
--- the activity pages have 3 comprehension questions, a subjective question, and at the bottom of each page is a short excerpt from the book “Twelve Years a Slave”. These Discussion Points are for the teacher to use as discussion topics in class and they can be further developed as additional activities for students.
--- also included is a 5 page test, each page covering two narratives. There are 6 multiple-choice questions and one question asking students to discuss the main idea of one passage with supporting details. There is an 8- page answer key for the objective questions (there is no answer key for the vocabulary words) and the test.
After I read “Twelve Years a Slave” I found out it was being made into a movie. This unit is being listed the very same day as the movie release - I have no idea how closely the movie will follow the story (but I do know it is rated R, which the book definitely was not!) but regardless, Solomon Northup’s original story is fascinating, poignant, and important in history.
All the information in the passages is from Northup’s books and as far as I know is historically correct. My background is in History, and I believe it is accurate. The original book can be read online at various sites.
I also have two products about Solomon Northup for younger students. They can be seen here:
Twelve Years a Slave Grades 4-6
Twelve Years a Slave Grades 4-6 with Choice Board
And please check out my store for other resources on historical figures (the list below is just a sampling, please visit my store to see what else is availabe!):
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