Cost Management Essay

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A Teacher’s Guide to Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR...............................................................................................................3
INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY GUIDE............................................................................3

MEETING COMMON CORE STANDARDS.............................................................3

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A Teacher’s Guide to Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup


Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon
Northup, A Citizen of New-York, Kidnapped
in Washington City in 1841, and Rescued in
1853, From a Cotton Plantation near the Red
River in Louisiana, was published in 1853.
Solomon Northup was a free black living in
New York who was lured south, kidnapped,
and sold into slavery. His memoir, written
shortly after his escape, recounts the harrowing events of his kidnapping and his dehu-

manizing and violent treatment as a slave on
plantations in the interior of Louisiana where
he worked in the cotton and sugar cane fields.
During all those years, Northup looked for a
chance to escape and was finally helped by an
abolitionist carpenter with whom he chanced
to work. With legal documents from the state of
New York, Northup was finally freed and was
able to bring legal action against his captors.

Solomon Northup labored for twelve years
under several masters. When he re-gained his
freedom, he wrote a memoir of his years as a
slave and then went on to lecture with other
abolitionist leaders. It is believed that he
worked with the Underground Railroad in
the years before the Civil War. It is unclear
what happened to Northup after 1857. Some
historians speculate that he had financial
troubles and may have passed into obscurity.
Others think that he may have sought out
other adventures. There is a discussion of

several theories about Northup’s later life at
these web sites: “What Really Became of
Solomon Northup After His ‘12 Years a
-after-his-12-years-a-slave/ and “‘12 Years’ Is
the Story of a Slave Whose End Is a Mystery”
by Hansi Lo Wang, October 19, 2013 at

Meeting Common Core
The activities described in this Teacher’s Guide
meet multiple Common Core State Standards
for English Language Arts, Grades 9-10 in
Reading: Informational Text; History/Social
Studies; Writing; and Speaking and Listening. Students are asked to cite textual evidence
to support their analysis and arguments. They
determine the themes of the narrative by
analyzing tone and the choice and impact of
particular incidents. They compare and contrast different texts. Activities on the film
version of the narrative require students to
analyze the director’s choices in making the
film and its faithfulness to the text. Response
activities require students to write explanatory texts to examine and convey complex
ideas, and discussion activities lead students
to engage in a range of collaborative exercises
to strengthen...

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