The National School Boards Association is working with New Regency, Fox Searchlight and Penguin Books to make copies of the film, book and study guide available to public high schools.
Teachers with school and district approval to teach the film can visit www.12yearsaslave.com to request an educator’s toolkit, which includes a DVD of the film (an edited version with parental consent requested), a paperback copy of the book, a printed study guide and a letter from the film’s director, Steve McQueen.
Toolkits are limited to one per school and are available while supplies last.
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“Twelve Years a Slave” is the true story of Northup’s fight for survival and freedom after being abducted and sold into slavery. The film adaptation won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2014.