Included in the Unit:
• Introductory Handout that defines the genre and introduces the mentality behind historical American slavery by providing excerpts from historical texts defending the institution of slavery.
• A permission slip and graphic organizer (reflecting the genre description given in the introductory handout) to go along with the movie 12 Years a Slave.
o Note: There are some graphic scenes in the movie. This is for upper-level students only and even then the teacher may choose to show clips or skip explicit scenes. Be sure to view movie before showing in class.
• Study Guide Questions
, Quiz Questions, and PowerPoint presentation
with discussion questions for each reading section. The quiz questions are meant to check for reading assignment completion. I tried to make them open-ended enough so that anyone who did the reading should at least get a passing grade but those not doing the reading would have a hard time guessing. There is a second presentation with essentially the same questions but set at a slower pace. There is also a close read embedded in the presentations. The questions are on the slides. The excerpt to be closely read is provided in a Word Document.
• Two Reflective Paragraph prompts
• Three Quotation Paragraph prompts
• There are some links to sources for modern slave stories and articles at the end of the PowerPoint presentations. The modern slave folder includes some worksheets for students to complete as they read the articles.
• Essay topic about dehumanization. You could require more or less examples depending on the students’ ability.
• Brainstorming sheet used to prepare for essay.