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Solomon Northup was a free African American who was kidnapped in his early thirties and sold as a slave. He did eventually regain his freedom, but it took twelve years. Your students will read a primary source excerpt from his book, Twelve Years a Slave, in which he describes the cruel practice of a slave auction. Included is an assignment with text-dependent questions.
This lesson works well during a pre-Civil War (antebellum) unit.
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A PDF with the following:
Framework lesson with objective questions, warm-up*, and simple conclusion
Adapted primary source text with glossary*
Assignment with text-dependent*
Sample answers * Also included as an editable PowerPoint AND Google Slides files
Don’t worry about compatibility! The PowerPoint is saved as a 97-2003 Presentation, which is compatible with versions 1997 and up. Common fonts used are Georgia and Trebuchet MS, so you shouldn’t have problems with wonky text!