Solomon Northup, His Life and Times (extended version) includes the original product of 4 texts and activities as well as a choice board and 9 additional activities
The first section is designed as a multi-purpose informational reading and writing assignment unit for upper elementary students. It is perfect or either an ELA class or a Social Studies class. The four texts are continuous but do not have to be done all at once. Three of the one-page text begins with a “before you read” question”, each one has a page of questions (inference, factual, and opinion) as well as a page of vocabulary and grammar work. Each text has a short creative writing assignment.
The four texts are: Who was Solomon Northup?, Freedom Lost, Life as a Slave, and A Free Man Once More. Each one is between 280-300 words in length.
The texts are original work of mine and are based on the original narrative as told to David Wilson by Solomon Northup in 1853. I have read the narrative in its entirety (fascinating reading!).
The choice board portion of this product consists of 9 activities that students might do some of (a line of three) - or the activities could be assigned in any way the classroom teacher wishes. The choice board activities are to be done after the students read the four passages about Solomon Northup.
I have generally followed Robert Marzano’s Instructional Strategies in creating the activities. The activities are:
1. Comparing and contrasting Solomon Northup’s life before and after his abduction;
2. A crossword puzzle based on information found in the 4 texts;
3. Students design questions and explain why they would like to ask these questions of five people they read about in “Solomon Northup, his Life and Times”;
4. A “words in words” activity - finding words in the two words “Solomon Northup”;
5. Summarizing Part 1 of the reading passages;
6. Drawing two people from the texts (of their own choice) and describing what they think they were like;
7. Creating a storyboard and a short description for a scene from “Solomon Northup, His Life and Times”;
8. Drawing (with labels) a map of Solomon Northup’s journey from Saratoga Springs, NY to Avoyelles Parish, LA using information found in the four texts:
9. Formulating questions with the answers provided - in this case students are provided with an “easier” question and they have to supply a more difficult second question.
Flexibility is built into this product so that you the teacher can use its components as it best suits the needs of you and your class! The activities would work well as part of an interactive notebook.
The product “Solomon Northup, His LIfe and Times” is also sold in my store without the Choice Board component. It can be viewed here:
Twelve Years a Slave Grades 4-6
I also have a resource about Solomon Northup's life for older students. It can be seen here:
Twelve Years a Slave Grades 7-10