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Get 12 Years a Slave teaching resources for free

I just got an email from a teaching buddy (Thanks Theresa!) letting me know about a great deal going on right now. For a limited time, you can receive a free teaching toolkit for use with the movie 12 Years a Slave. It’s a difficult video to watch but an incredibly important video to watch. And the free kit gives you some handy resources to help make the instruction as useful as possible.

Educator’s Toolkit Includes:

  • Full Length DVD copy of the movie (edited version, parental approval suggested)
  • Copy of the Penguin Paperback Book
  • Printed study guide
  • Letter from director Steve McQueen

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) has partnered with New Regency, Fox Searchlight, Penguin Books, and the filmmakers to make copies of the acclaimed film, book, and study guide “12 Years a Slave” available to America’s public high schools. This nationwide educational initiative was the brainchild of director Steve McQueen and Montel Williams, and now “12 Years a Slave” educator toolkits are available to all public high school teachers timed to the 2014-15 school year.

The movie is based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life.

Get the toolkit here.

You can also get just the study guide here.


7 Comments Post a comment
  1. Mandy #

    Thanks for the great resources. I’d love it if you’d post some resources and ideas for World History too!

    October 6, 2014
  2. This is really awesome! I signed up for it. You mentioned in your post that it was for high schools. Do you know if they will do a Junior High?

    October 6, 2014
    • glennw #

      The comment about “High School” is what they said was available – I think if you just apply, you should be able to get the kit. You may need to adapt some of the stuff to fit middle level. I’m guessing there won’t be a separate MS version.


      October 7, 2014
  3. Fern McLelland #

    This deal has expired. How can I get this now? #sadteacher 😦

    March 22, 2018
    • glennw #


      Great question and one I can’t really answer. You might get lucky going on social media platforms and asking around. I wasn’t able to find any links that are current. Good luck!


      March 23, 2018

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